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Grips - What gymnasts use on bars to protect their hands and help with skills.
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The 2008 USA Olympic Gymnastics Team - from left to right: Bridget Sloan, Alicia Sacramone, Samantha Peszek, Chellsie Memmel, Nastia Liukin, and Shawn Johnson

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"I don't really feel the pressure just because I know I do gmnastics for myself and I want to be one of the best gymnasts in the world. Neither of my parents they've never pushed me into gymnastics. They kind of pushed me the other way when I was little, just starting gymnastics. They knew how hard it was and you know going through all the injuries. It's a really hard sport and I know they kind of didn't want me to do it but then again when I started and they saw how much I love it they just want the best for me and they wanted me to do what I really love."
nastia
on her love of the sport

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Bars - This is one of the four events that female gymnasts use. They wear things called grips, which they strap to their hands to protect them their hands from rips and to help with skills.
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Vault - An event that both girl and guy gymnasts use. You run full speed up to the vault, jump on a spring-board and then do your skill off the table.
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