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Natalie Barker-Ruchti and Richard Tinning

Women’s artistic gymnastics is an Olympic sport that involves intricate acrobatic and rhythmic activities. This kinesthetic proficiency demands muscular strength and courage, which have been argued to serve its athletes as a source of empowerment.

Various scholars question the positive effects of sport participation. This article builds on these doubts through a feminist Foucauldian study of WAG. An essayistic research story, compiled from data gained in an ethnographic study, serves as the basis for our analyses. The results demonstrate the complexity of WAG experiences and illustrate that gymnasts’ athletic proficiency is only possible through an extensive and elaborate process of corporeal discipline.

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Julia Weber and Natalie Barker-Ruchti

During the 1970s, a new corporal and aesthetic standard emerged in women’s artistic gymnastics. No longer was grace and elegance the main feature, but acrobatic and somewhat robotic performances. These exercises were increasingly performed by highly trained and sexually immature girls. The Western audience was fascinated by the athletic and innocent-looking gymnasts. The emerging corporality and performance trend combined youthfulness und slimness with physical fitness and muscular tone, a combination that reflected the idealized woman of the 1970s. Sports photographs played a key role in distributing the “new” ideal of femininity. In this article, we consider how gymnasts’ performances of the 1970s were visualized by examining a sample of professional sports photographs. We demonstrate how sports photographs construct and establish gender and body standards through their visual construction of gendered and de-gendered gymnastics performances.

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Brigid McCarthy

This discussion illustrates how fans of women’s artistic gymnastics have used rapidly innovating platforms for user-generated content to create and access sporting information. In doing so, these fans are contributing to the formation of rich collective intelligences around the sport and how these new-media texts are beginning to affect mainstream sports media coverage. Using gymnastics fandom as an example, this discussion demonstrates how online culture has become a prime outlet for those with niche sporting interests. These new-media forms such as blogs, video platforms, and message boards augment and act as supplements to the mainstream sports media coverage, as well as expanding the kinds of information sports fans now can access in this enriched information environment.

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Articles Foucault in Leotards: Corporeal Discipline in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Natalie Barker-Ruchti * Richard Tinning * 9 2010 27 3 229 250 10.1123/ssj.27.3.229 Article Islam, Hijab and Young Shia Muslim Canadian Women’s Discursive Constructions of Physical Activity Nisara Jiwani

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Georgia Cervin

being a masculine domain. 10 In 1933, the FIG formed a women’s technical committee, and a women’s version of the sport was born, which later developed into “Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.” The creation of a women’s committee was likely a response to calls to allow women’s participation in sport more

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Leslee A. Fisher

Gymnastics with his vaginal “procedure” to relieve back pain. In 2014, Nassar was cleared of any wrongdoing by MSU after there was another complaint of sexual assault during a medical exam from a recently graduated gymnast; he remained USA Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team doctor but retired from being USA

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Pirkko Markula

to improve their performance, sport, in general, has not been transformed by artistic influences despite criticisms from sport scholars. In addition, the aesthetic sports seem to continue to be marginalized by the sport industry. Although figure skating or artistic gymnastics might gain large

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Jenny McMahon, Camilla J. Knight, and Kerry R. McGannon

discipline and coaching practice in women’s artistic gymnastics . Sociology of Sport Journal, 27 , 229 – 250 . doi:10.1123/ssj.27.3.229 10.1123/ssj.27.3.229 Brackenridge , C. ( 2001 ). Spoilsports: Understanding and preventing sexual exploitation in sport . London, UK : Routledge . Brackenridge , C

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Adam J. Nichol, Philip R. Hayes, Will Vickery, Emma Boocock, Paul Potrac, and Edward T. Hall

: Corporeal discipline in women’s artistic gymnastics . Sociology of Sport Journal, 27 ( 3 ), 229 – 250 . doi: 10.1123/ssj.27.3.229 Bhaskar , R. ( 1975 ). A realist theory of science . Leeds, UK : Leeds Books Ltd . Bhaskar , R. ( 1979/1998 ). The possibility of naturalism ( 3rd ed. ). London, UK

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Joshua I. Newman, Grace Yan, Hanhan Xue, and Nicholas M. Watanabe

case of elite artistic gymnastics in China . International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 54 ( 5 ), 536 – 556 . doi: 10.1177/1012690217730679 Zito , A. , & Barlow , T.E. (Eds.). ( 1994 ). Body, subject, and power in China . Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press . Zuo , M. ( 2019