I am always amazed by the athleticism when shooting a sport for the first time. I’ve watched every sport on television but it’s a whole new experience seeing it live. The grace, power, and coordination of these ladies is remarkable. There were medal winners from the 2012 London Olympics performing and many ladies with hopes for 2016 Brazil. From a photography standpoint, this event is a bit of a challenge to cover. Of course the USA Gymnastics photographer can go anywhere and move freely. All other photographers can only stand in a few predetermined spots and can only move between rotations, about every 30 minutes. This makes creating photos with creative angles and clean backgrounds much harder. A link to all photos taken during this event can be found at the end of the post.