In 1962 the International Gymnastics Federation officially recognized rhythmic gymnastics as a sport. The first Rhythmic World Championships took place in 1963 in Budapest, Hungary, where 28 athletes from 10 European countries competed. The United States sent its first delegation to the Rhythmic World Championships in 1973.
Rhythmic individual all-around competition was added to the Olympic Games in 1984. In 1996, the rhythmic group event was added as a medal sport at the Olympic Games for the first time.