Sailor Moon uniforms and theme music wins Uzbekistan gymnasts new fans at Tokyo Olympics

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

”Moonlight Densetsu” plays while rhythmic gymnastics team performs dressed as anime’s most famous magical girl.

Rhythmic gymnastics is one of those athletic fields that doesn’t get a lot of coverage outside the Olympics. Sure, there’s an undeniable athleticism and artistry to the sport, but the average TV viewer might be confused when a gymnastics floor routine has such unfamiliar apparatuses as balls, a hoop, and bowling pin-like clubs literally tossed into it.

But when the Uzbekistani team took the floor at the Tokyo Olympics there was something instantly familiar even to those who’d never watched rhythmic gymnastics before,

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