This block is dedicated to my niece Sara (who was a gymnast while in high school) and my niece Josie (who currently is in gymnastics and does amazing splits).
This has been my favorite competitions to watch in Rio. Both Semone Biles and Ali Raisman were amazing. I particularly enjoyed their balance beam and floor routine performances.
Gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are held in three categories: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining.
Artistic gymnastics is a discipline of gymnastics in which athletes perform short routines on different apparatus.
Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which individuals or groups of 5 or more manipulate one or two pieces of apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon and freehand.
Trampolining is a competitive Olympic sport in which gymnasts perform acrobatics while bouncing on a trampoline.
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Drafting Gymnastic Block in Electric Quilt
Select Block>New Block>Easy Draw Block.
Import the above image for tracing in the Tracing Image tab.
Drawing board set-up in the Easy Draw tab is:
Using the Line tool, divide block into major sections (see image below). Also draw the rest of the balance beam.
Add to Sketchbook.
Snapping Options: Turn off Snap to Grid and turn on Snap to Lines and Arcs of Drawing.
Trace the remaining two sections. Add to Sketchbook after each section is drawn. Sometimes the lines will bend or shift a bit. If that happens just go back to the previous drawing in the Sketchbook and restart from that point.
Add to Sketchbook.
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