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MINSK, BELARUS -- Monday, May 10, 2004.  The National Rhythmic Gymnastics team practices one of their two group exercise routines inside the national training center in Minsk, Belarus on Monday May 10, 2004. After placing third at the 2003 World Championships behind neighbors Russia and Ukraine, this team of teenagers is practicing 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens this summer. From left to right they are: Yauheniya Burlo, 16, Hlafira Martsinovich,15, Zlatislava Nersesyan, 19, Mariya Poplyko, 18, and Natalia Aleksandrova, 19. While mainstream or artistic gymnastics is performed on an apparatus like the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor, rhythmic gymnastics, a strictly female event, is performed with an apparatus. The five disciplines in rhythmic gymnastics, once called modern gymnastics, are rope, hoop, ball, ribbon, and clubs. The competitors use graceful balletic moves and manipulate the various apparatus in conjunction with their bodies and music on a 13-meter square floor area.  In the group competition one routine with five ribbons and a routine with three hoops and two balls(pictured here) will be performed.  The gymnasts are expected to use the entire floor area in their routines and their work with the apparatus should be balanced between each hand equally. The apparatus is also supposed to stay in constant motion or points will be deducted. There are three separate panels of judges, one each for the three different elements of the performance. One panel takes into account the degree of difficulty in a routine, another considers the choreography and artistry, and the third evaluates how well the routine was executed and how many technical mistakes were made. The rhythmic gymnastics competition will be held at the 6,000-seat Galatsi Olympic Hall from Aug. 26?29, 2004 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Landon Nordeman / Getty Images). .