Sam Oldham excited for Gladiator Gymnastics at the PGC

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GB gymnast Sam Oldham will be entering the Pro Gymnastics Challenge next weekend.

The new gymnastics event is a skill-for-skill competition making it totally different from the usual format of artistic gymnastics. The traditionalist element is still there but it's the equivalent of a dance off for gymnastics.

Bring your best moves and show-off to the crowd in order to win. It's not for all gymnasts, but Sam Oldham will be there.

Excited to be taking part, Oldham wrote on Twitter: "1 week to ‪@ProGymChallenge‬ cant wait to get out there :D Better get training some silky skills for Team World!!!"

The Pro Gymnastics Challenge features an amazing array of Olympic and world renowned gymnasts squaring up against each other at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena, Pennsylvania, USA. 

It's a duelling battle of skill-for-skill action. One gymnast will attack with a move and the other team will have to equal or better the move. There are no judges sitting at a table with their pens scribbling but there are referees, and in the event of a tie the audience makes the call on who wins.

Both male and female gymnasts from the same country will calibrate to compete in a 6 event competition, earning points along the way for their national teams.

Sam Oldham, Lisa Mason and Marissa King will be flying the flag for the GB gymnasts. Irish gymnast Andrew Smith will also be there as well. 

Tumbling, parallel bars and uneven bars, vault, rings and beam, rope and the high bar and single rail are the apparatus. Speed rope is a new element to the sport and will make for incredible viewing as Olympic gymnastic teams race each other.

According to the PGC website: "Friday May 10th will play host to a 'No Borders Competition' to find the best world team, on the Saturday May 11th there will be over 100 different National World and Olympic titles meet to square off in a USA vs. The World skill-for-skill battle."

There are some rules in this PGC competition to add to the excitement of this unique event. They include; the double down, freestyle, callout and a wildcard. 


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