Gymnastics Archive


My Olympics – London 2012 in their words

London – GBR, August 14, 2012: “We are superheroes and we do tricks that no one can do.” It reads like the tagline for a summer blockbuster movie but in fact these were the words of the United States’ Gabby Douglas, winner of the Women’s Individual All-around crown at London 2012. Superheroes


Glorious’ Games end with British pop pageant

London – GBR, August 14, 2012: Pageant, There was music, there were lights and there were doubtless tears in a few eyes as the London Olympics ended on a night of celebration on Sunday. The Olympic Stadium that had served as a field of dreams for the past fortnight became a stage


Father’s pride in Tanaka trio

London – GBR, August 11, 2012: Wakayama in eastern Japan is a region famed for its sacred mountains and shrines. It is to one such site, Nichizengu, that the Tanaka family make an annual pilgrimage each New Year and when they visit on 1 January 2013, to pray for blessings, they should


Peerless Kanaeva completes Olympic double

London – GBR, August 11, 2012: With Russian flags rippling around Wembley Arena and louds shouts from her supporters, Evgeniya Kanaeva took an elegant leap into the Olympic record books on Saturday as she became the first rhythmic gymnast to retain the Individual All-around Gold medal. Kanaeva won with a total of


Decisions of FIG executive committee

London – GBR, August 10, 2012: Summary of primary decisions taken and information published by the FIG Executive Committee at its ordinary meeting on August 5 – 7, 2012 at the Grange Tower Hotel in London (GBR). • After reading and discussing the 2013 – 2016 Codes of Points, the Executive Committee


The tragedy of the last London Games

London – GBR, August 08, 2012: Remembering, Triumph and tragedy are overused words in the sporting lexicon but when it comes to telling the tale of Czechoslovakia’s Women’s Gymnastics gold medal winners at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, they are the very least that is required. This, after all, was a


Iordan makes history Gymnastics fans

London – GBR, August 6, 2012: The name of Bulgaria’s Iordan Iovtchev is destined for the history books. Not only is he a top-level gymnast, he is also president of his national federation, and, at the tender age of 39, he has qualified for the final of the Rings at the London


Cockburn hoping to make history for Canada

London – GBR, August 04, 2012: There are few people better qualified to speak about the growth of Trampoline as an Olympic sport than Karen Cockburn. After all, the fourth Olympic Games featuring Trampoline Gymnastics also happen to be the fourth for the 31-year-old Canadian. Cockburn was there in Sydney for Trampoline’s


Russia and Ukraine hoping for better

London – (GBR), August 3, 2012: Douglas, Twenty years ago, the gymnasts of Russia and Ukraine competed together for the last time at the Olympic Games, winning the Men’s Team Gold and a clean sweep of the Individual All-Around medals under the flag of the Unified Team. Spool forward two decades and


British cheers but mixed emotions for US

London – (GBR), July 30, 2012: mixed emotions, There were tears and cheers in the USA camp as Sunday’s Women’s Artistic Gymnastic qualification round threw up a major upset. USA’s success in finishing first in qualifying for the Team final was tempered by reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber’s failure to reach the