Many of you are glued to your comfy chairs, enthralled by the Olympic Games. The human version of the Olympics, that is.
I’m here to provide you with some insight on the Cat Games, events for highly-trained feline athletes from around the globe.
Today, we’ll cover the details behind Artistic Gymnastic Floor Exercises, or the Flat Feline Routine. It’s critical that you understand the level of athleticism that may be happening right now on your living room rug.
In the floor exercises, competitors may choose to perform on carpet, hardwood, tile, or any flat surface. You may see advanced athletes doing their routine on stairs or throw rugs. Scores are awarded by a panel of judges after considering the routine’s degree of difficulty and quality of the execution.
While there is a lot of room for individual interpretation in the floor exercises, there are some required elements. Here’s a list of what you can expect to see in every Olympic-caliber performance:
- The Plank - In this pose, the athlete lies as flat as possible. Extreme concentration is needed to hold this pose. Viewers unfamiliar with this routine might confuse this concentration with sleep.
- The Cute Curl - In this move, the athlete positions the body for maximum cuteness. Artistic flourishes such as a paw on the nose or a thoughtfully placed tail are encouraged. Extreme flexibility is needed to hold this pose. Viewers unfamiliar with this routine might confuse this pose with a nap.
- Roll-over - Both right and left roll-overs are acceptable. Tubby tabbies might substitute the equally difficult Think-About-Rolling-Over maneuver, or an extreme Stand-Up, Lay-Down Again element.
- Stretch - In a full body stretch, judges look for balance and endurance. Yawns are not mandatory, but remain a popular favorite. Athletes need to use caution in the stretch, since wobbling and extra steps might mean a deduction.
- Anti-aerial, Freestyle - To complete this move, the athlete must lie still for an extended period of time while on the floor. Any position is acceptable, as long as minimum movement is achieved. Viewers unfamiliar with floor exercises might confuse this element with a nap.
Although they make it look effortless, these floor gymnasts need incredible strength, control, balance, and endurance. The next time you see a cat practicing Artistic Gymnastics, be sure and grab some catnip to support that athlete’s training.