Gymnastics is an athletic sport which encompasses tumbling, running, jumping, swinging and stationary displays of strength, flexibility and balance, often making use of various items of equipment such as spring-boards, vaulting horses
and suspended bars.
Smee's big scene is a riotous routine with The Nitwits, a comedy acrobatic troupe who make 'badly done' gymnastics seem as simple as, well, falling off a vaulting horse
From top, clockwise, Rider on a Vaulting Horse
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"It was amazing because at first he used to run up to the vaulting horse
with his knees knocking together and head down.
Following a clear out ahead of a move to a multi-million pound new premises the school packed a container with items ranging from old computers to an old vaulting horse
and church lecter n.
Four lifted the vaulting horse
and, staggering under the weight, manhandled it back into the barber shop of the prison camp Stalag Luft III, leaving one British RAF officer outside near the perimeter fence.
For starters we had an arthritic former Army major falling over a vaulting horse
, followed by a father of two murdering a big girl's blouse 'straddle-vault'.