Compared to its more mainstream sibling, rhythmic gymnastics is often overlooked at events like the Olympics. And that's bullshit! It might be limited to the floor event, but the moves on display are still hella impressive, and there are PROPS involved — balls and batons and hoops and ribbons, all of them fabulous. Also, the leotards are much fancier and that has to count for something. (IMO, it counts for a lot.)
Enjoy a series of photos from the all around Olympic rhythmic gymnastics qualifying rounds in Rio Friday, and know that your best hula hoop moves will forever pale in comparison. Also, cheer on Team USA's Laura Zeng, because she's a superstar!
South Korean gymnast Son Yeon Jae.
Greek gymnast Varvara Filiou.
French gymnast Kseniya Moustafaeva.
Spanish gymnast Carolina Rodriguez Ballesteros.
Uzbekistani gymnast Anastasiya Serdyukova.
Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun.
Russian gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva.
Australian gymnast Danielle Prince.
Chinese gymnast Rong Shang.
Japanese gymnast Kaho Minagawa.
German gymnast Jana Berezko-Marggrander.
Brazilian gymnast Natalia Azevedo Gaudio.
Kazakhstani gymnast Sabina Ashirbayeva.
Italian gymnast Veronica Bertolini.
Son Yeon Jae.
Finnish gymnast Ekaterina Volkova.
American gymnast Laura Zeng.
Bulgarian gymnast Neviana Vladinova.
Cape Verdean gymnast Elyane Boal.
Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda.
Romanian gymnast Ana Luiza Filiorianu.