Re: Rhythmic Gymnastics: Sport or Art?
The thing about sports is that most sports, when it comes into mind have one thing in common: an objective scoring system and rules built around said scoring system. Think about it: soccer, football, baseball, basketball, tennis, hockey, track and field, etc. all have this same principle.
Rhythmic gymnastics don't have an objective scoring system. It relies on judges to give a scoring, which is by definition a subjective scoring system. Under this circumstance, it feels like it doesn't belong in the same category of existence by that definition. To me that makes it less of a sport and more of an art. In fact, it's hardpressed to not consider this and other subjective scoring olympic sports like figure skating and diving to be something that can be considered "beautiful".