A lot of people complain about the lost of artistry in womens artistic gymnastics. So let´s take a look at acrobatic gymnastics!
In the Code of Points of acrobatic gymnastics they have a A- (10 points), D- (10 points) and E-Score (10 points). D stands for Difficulty, E stands for Execution (as it is in artistic gymnastic) … and A stands for Artistry :-)! Judges are allowed to take deductions for the lack of artistry, choreography, musical interpretation, variety in the elements, presentation, originality, use of space…
And that´s how it works:
Julie van Gelder and Sam Pauwels (BEL) at the European Championships 2007 (combined exercise) – they won gold.
Another fantastic mixed pair from Belgium are Amber van Wijk and Nik de Roeck: They play angel and devil together on the floor. (At the International Age Group Competition / World Championships in Glasgow last year they placed 2nd with the combined exercise.)
In my opinion, the routines are so artistic and creative – it´s always a pleasure to watch the difficult but also powerful exercises (the pairs do balance exercises, dynamic exercises and combined exercises).
It would be great if artistic gymnastics opens up a little bit and also allows a few deductions for boring, uninspired floor routines.