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balance beam

noun
1.
a narrow wooden rail about 16 feet (5 meters) long and 4 inches (10 cm) wide, set horizontally on upright posts about 4 feet (1.2 meters) from the floor, used for performing feats of balancing and demonstrating gymnastic ability.
2.
a competitive gymnastic event for women in which such an apparatus is used.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • She went on to win the gold medal in the balance beam.
  • She fought tears after finishing her balance beam routine that went awry from the start.
  • Patterson, who won silver in the balance beam, has enjoyed her medals and the fame from the start.
Encyclopedia Article for balance beam

gymnastics apparatus used in women's competition. It is a wooden beam 5 metres (16.4 feet) long, 10 cm (4 inches) wide, and raised 125 cm (4.1 feet) from the floor. The performer begins the exercise by mounting the beam by either a vault or a jump and executes movements that must include steps, running, jumps, turns, sitting positions, and some held, or posed, positions. The duration of the exercise is 70 to 90 seconds. Women were first awarded individual Olympic medals in the event at the 1952 Games

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