As if gymnastics isn’t impressive enough, athletes who take part in the F.E.I. World Equestrian Games take it up a notch. They By compete on horseback, in what’s called vaulting. Gymnasts compete in individual women’s and men’s events, pas de deux (a pair consisting of two men, two women or one man and one woman), and squads, made up of six athletes of either sex. The athletes are judged on performance, technique, artistic value and the horse.
Julian McPeak, a spokeswoman for the United States Equestrian Federation, told The New York Times vaulting is a combination of gymnastics and ice-skating. “They do the lifts like they do in ice skating, but they’re on a moving animal.”
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