Rio 2016

In the #countdowntoRio this week, we have been profiling some of the gymnasts taking part in the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics finals: all from a range of different countries, some are hoping to retain titles, others to make individual finals, others have already made history by reaching the Olympics. During podium training today, five brand new skills have been unveiled: if these intrepid gymnasts can perform them safely next week, they will be added to the new Code of Points! 

Not only are they inspirational athletes, even to ‘oldies’ at university like many of us, but their incredible stories are just as important as the crazy skills they can perform. They demonstrate what the Olympics is really all about – showcasing excellence – since breathtaking sporting achievement is only achieved by physical and mental excellence, excellent coaching, resources and timing, and ultimately by a combination of determination, sacrifice, luck, and effort. 

The first nine days of our #countdowntoRio are now live – check out the pages below! 

Day 1: Oksana Chusovitina

Day 2: Flavia Saraiva

Day 3: Brinn Bevan

Day 4: Giulia Steingruber

Day 5: Catalina Ponor

Day 6: Kenzo Shirai

Day 7: Becky and Ellie Downie

Day 8: Lieke and Sanne Wevers

Day 9: Houry Gebeshian

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