Be sure to watch the video rendition of the doodle: The mustachioed gymnast uses his impressive upper body strength to swing himself up into the air -- so high, it seems he might never return -- before swinging back into position.
This Google Doodle comes with a bit of an Olympic history lesson as well: The term "artistic gymnastics" was first used in the 19th century. The rings are just one of 14 medal events that make up artistic gymnastics. And this fun fact: An equal number of men and women -- 98 -- entered this year's Olympic gymnastics competition. (Participating countries are limited to five-person teams.)
So how is the United States team doing so far in rings? Not so well. After the first three rotations, American men were in eighth place.
Also not doing so swell by some standards: NBC. The network with the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics has been taking a drubbing for its programming decisions, most recently by Jon Stewart. However, NBC is doing well in the one competition that matters most: ratings. Critics are rallying behind the hash tag #NBCfail on social media platforms even as NBC's viewership is soaring.