Event in men's gymnastics in which a pair of rubber-coated metal rings suspended from a ceiling or crossbar are used to perform hanging, swinging, and balancing feats. The rings themselves must remain essentially stationary. There must be at least two handstands in an exercise, one attained by strength and the other utilizing body swing. Strength movements on the rings include the iron cross (holding the body vertical with the arms fully stretched sideways) and the lever (hanging with straight arms with the body stretched out horizontally).
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