• Jessica Gadirova retains her European title in women’s floor exercise

    Jessica Gadirova retains her European title in women’s floor exercise
    Teenager overcomes moments of self-doubt to win goldOndine Achampong secures silver on the balance beamThere have been tumbles and tears, doubtless the odd bruise too. Crises of confidence that required reassurance to repair. Even since arriving in Munich for these European championships, Jessica Gadirova felt her belief waver under the microscope with errors often invisible to the naked eye.On Sunday, though, the 17‑year‑old Briton was resolute and rigorous and the reward was gold i
  • British rowing bounces back with four golds in European Championships

    British rowing bounces back with four golds in European Championships
    Two golds for women and two for men in MunichReturn to form after poor showing at Tokyo OlympicsGlorious history placed a weighty burden on the shoulders of the UK’s rowers at the Tokyo Olympics. A measly return of one silver and bronze was as good as sinking without a trace. Tough questions were asked, and a refit undertaken. Four golds on a single sunny morning at the European Championships in Munich on Saturdayprovided a potent, if still incomplete, answer to whether the ship has been r
  • GB stars hope for encore in Munich’s trailblazing European championships

    GB stars hope for encore in Munich’s trailblazing European championships
    Hodgkinson, Wightman, Jarman and Pidcock among the athletes from nine sports competing in the multi-event gamesA memorable summer of British sporting success is about to enjoy a spectacular final encore. Over the next 11 days in Munich, a significant number of Team GB stars will be among the 4,700 athletes competing for 177 European titles across nine sports – including athletics, cycling, gymnastics and triathlon – in what organisers say is the biggest multisport event in Germany si
  • Gymnastics Australia asked child athletes who reported abuse to sign gag orders before meetings

    Gymnastics Australia asked child athletes who reported abuse to sign gag orders before meetings
    Governing body’s letter says complainants and families must sign non-disclosure agreement for restorative justice processFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastGymnastics Australia has told child gymnasts who made abuse complaints and their families that they must sign non-disclosure agreements if they wish to take part in a restorative justice process.In a letter sent to the complainants last month, Gymn
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  • Six of the best of British from the Commonwealth Games

    Six of the best of British from the Commonwealth Games
    From Jake Jarman to Delicious Orie and Eilish McColgan, we look at those who broke through in BirminghamJake JarmanThe sheer power the 20-year-old possesses has been well-known for years, but his breakthrough was delayed by few competitions during Covid and frustrating injuries. In Birmingham, he took his opportunity spectacularly. Not only did he become the first men’s gymnast to win four gold medals: all-around, team, vault and floor, but he did so with some truly world-class gymnastics.
  • Commonwealth Games 2022: day nine in pictures

    Commonwealth Games 2022: day nine in pictures
    Some of the best images from Saturday’s action in Birmingham including diving, athletics and rhythmic gymnasticsClick here to see images from preceding days at the games Continue reading...
  • Jake Jarman ‘delighted’ to claim four golds in Commonwealth Games first

    Jake Jarman ‘delighted’ to claim four golds in Commonwealth Games first
    Jarman adds vault to all-around, floor and team goldsAlice Kinsella wins individual gold in floor exerciseBefore his glorious five days at the Commonwealth Games, Jake Jarman had never landed his hardest vault in any competition. It is one of the most difficult vaults in the world, the Yonekura, a whirlwind of three and a half twists. Few can even dream of mastering it.Yet it is the skill that has most defined his breakthrough. It immediately spotlighted his talents when he easily executed it in
  • Joe Fraser overcomes pain of recently broken foot to claim pommel horse gold

    Joe Fraser overcomes pain of recently broken foot to claim pommel horse gold
    “That medal was for Max Whitlock,” says England’s FraserJake Jarman and Georgia-Mae Fenton add to England’s gold tallyGiven the great misfortune that followed Joe Fraser just weeks before the Commonwealth Games arrived in his home city of Birmingham, merely standing on the podium floor at the beginning of the games as a competitor was a considerable win.Five weeks before the Games, he ruptured his appendix. Two weeks before, he fractured his foot. He limped into the athle
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  • Commonwealth Games: England gymnast Jake Jarman claims all-around gold

    Commonwealth Games: England gymnast Jake Jarman claims all-around gold
    Jarman, 20: ‘I put the work in. It was a matter of keeping calm’England’s Ondine Achampong wins all-around silverAs he arrived in Birmingham to compete in his first Commonwealth Games, Jake Jarman had almost no experience to draw upon in one of the biggest meets of his life. He is just 20 and over the past 18 months his emergence as a senior gymnast had been complicated by the sparse competition calendar during Covid and injuries that agitated him until March this year.But his
  • Commonwealth Games 2022: day two in pictures

    Commonwealth Games 2022: day two in pictures
    The best images from the Saturday’s action in Birmingham including gymnastics, squash, boxing and swimming Continue reading...
  • Alice Kinsella leads England to team into regaining gymnastics gold

    Alice Kinsella leads England to team into regaining gymnastics gold
    Team pick up title they lost in 2018Australia pick up silver, Canada bronzeAs Great Britain’s women’s gymnastics team look to push on and continue their progress following the surprise Olympic team bronze medal last year in Tokyo, England gave an encouraging demonstration of their depth as they dominated the Commonwealth Games to win gold in the team final on Saturday night.England had won the women’s team title in 2010 and 2014 before they were usurped by a strong Canadian tea
  • Alice Kinsella leads England team as they regain gymnastics gold in style

    Alice Kinsella leads England team as they regain gymnastics gold in style
    Promosing team regain Commonwealth Games titleAustralia pick up silver medal, Canada take bronzeAs Great Britain’s women’s gymnastics team look to push on and continue their progress following the surprise Olympic team bronze medal last year in Tokyo, England gave an encouraging demonstration of their depth as they dominated the Commonwealth Games to win gold in the team final on Saturday night.England had won the women’s team title in 2010 and 2014 before they were usurped by
  • England secure team gold in men’s gymnastics with dominant performance

    England secure team gold in men’s gymnastics with dominant performance
    English athletes top every discipline to secure first placeCanada second and Cyprus third at Commonwealth GamesFor the third Commonwealth Games in a row England are gold medallists in the men’s team competition, this time triumphing by 13.350 points. It is an outcome that was never in doubt and their success is becoming increasingly predictable but it was a result made even more meaningful by the number of deeply impressive performances from competitors both experienced and new.No gymnast
  • Commonwealth Games 2022: 10 things to watch out for in Birmingham | Tumaini Carayol

    Commonwealth Games 2022: 10 things to watch out for in Birmingham | Tumaini Carayol
    Elite Jamaican sprinters, a swimming sensation returns and a chance to make cricket history as the Games begins this weekThe world championships has only recently finished in the US, yet a hectic summer continues for some of the top athletes in the world. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson – the three faces of sprinting so far this year – are all expected to compete in Birmingham. Dina Asher-Smith, a 200m bronze medallist and a member of the 4x100m re
  • Simone Biles becomes youngest Medal of Freedom recipient – video

    Simone Biles becomes youngest Medal of Freedom recipient – video
    Simone Biles has become the youngest living recipient of the highest US civilian honour, the Medal of Freedom. Biles's remarkable life has seen her become the most decorated American gymnast of all time, having won 32 medals in Olympic and world championships during her career. She is also celebrated for her vocal activism on mental health and sexual assault. 'When we see her compete we see unmatched power and determination, grace and daring' said Biden. Simone Biles and nurse who received
  • Simone Biles and nurse who received first Covid vaccine to get top US honor

    Simone Biles and nurse who received first Covid vaccine to get top US honor
    World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe also among 17 recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honorThe gymnast Simone Biles and soccer player Megan Rapinoe are among 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor, the White House announced on Friday.The two sport stars are being celebrated for their accomplishments in competition and in social activism. Continue reading...
  • Gymnastics scandal shows need for independent sports regulator | Sean Ingle

    Gymnastics scandal shows need for independent sports regulator | Sean Ingle
    We have independent regulators for energy and the media – why not sport? It is time to force the system to changeWas it really worth it? That was the first question I asked British Gymnastics’ new chief executive, Sarah Powell, when those stomach‑retching stories in the Whyte review became public. Were those 16 shiny Olympic medals won since 2008 really justified by the human cost – of so many young gymnasts starved, humiliated and abused by a system that ruthlessly put t
  • Appalling abuse in British Gymnastics shows urgent need for sports regulator | Sean Ingle

    Appalling abuse in British Gymnastics shows urgent need for sports regulator | Sean Ingle
    The Whyte review is the latest in a series of scandals to hit British sport. The system has to change – if not now, then when?Was it really worth it? That was the first question I asked British Gymnastics’ new chief executive, Sarah Powell, when those stomach‑retching stories in the Whyte review became public. Were those 16 shiny Olympic medals won since 2008 really justified by the human cost – of so many young gymnasts starved, humiliated and abused by a system that rut
  • Gymnasts to demand action from governing bodies after abuse scandals

    Gymnasts to demand action from governing bodies after abuse scandals
    Advocacy groups call on IOC and FIG to review minimum ageBecky Downie: ‘My overwhelming feeling is we’ve been heard’A global alliance of gymnasts will demand the sport’s governing body and the International Olympic Committee make major reforms to prevent further shocking abuse scandals, the Guardian has learned.Advocacy groups representing abused gymnasts have joined forces to call on the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) to review the minimum a
  • A toxic win-at-all costs culture runs deep in elite UK sport. We need to look at why | Cath Bishop

    A toxic win-at-all costs culture runs deep in elite UK sport. We need to look at why | Cath Bishop
    The Whyte review highlights a need for radical and widespread change in how we go about achieving and measuring success What does sporting success look like? At times it seems so alluringly simple to answer that – surely it has to be crossing the line first, scoring most, standing on the top step of the podium. At other times, such a view seems naive, misleading, verging on delusional. Reading the Whyte Review is one of those times. Anna Whyte’s chilling report on gymnastics forces u
  • A toxic win-at-all costs culture runs deep in elite sport. We need to look at why | Cath Bishop

    A toxic win-at-all costs culture runs deep in elite sport. We need to look at why | Cath Bishop
    The Whyte review highlights a need for radical and widespread change in how we go about achieving and measuring success What does sporting success look like? At times it seems so alluringly simple to answer that – surely it has to be crossing the line first, scoring most, standing on the top step of the podium. At other times, such a view seems naive, misleading, verging on delusional. Reading the Whyte Review is one of those times. Anna Whyte’s chilling report on gymnastics forces u
  • A voice to the silenced: harrowing gymnast testimonies in Whyte review

    A voice to the silenced: harrowing gymnast testimonies in Whyte review
    Report reveals how athletes were fat-shamed in front of peers and left in severe pain after physical abuse during trainingAcross 306 pages of her landmark report, Anne Whyte paints a shocking and often sickening picture of the culture at British Gymnastics at the grassroots and elite level from 2008 to 2020. This was a time when it was an essential part of Team GB’s medal factory, receiving more than £38m in UK Sport funding. But behind the scenes there were numerous abuses taking pl
  • Child gymnasts abused and denied water, food and toilet breaks – the damning report on British Gymnastics

    Child gymnasts abused and denied water, food and toilet breaks – the damning report on British Gymnastics
    £3m Whyte review blasts ‘unacceptable culture’Children as young as seven were physically abusedBritish Gymnastics and UK Sport ‘put medals above welfare’British Gymnastics enabled a culture where young gymnasts were physically and mentally abused, shamed and humiliated in a system that repeatedly put the pursuit of medals over the care of children, a devastating report has found.The review by Anne Whyte QC also makes for deeply uncomfortable reading for UK Sport, th
  • Q&A: what is the Whyte Review into gymnastics and what happens next?

    Q&A: what is the Whyte Review into gymnastics and what happens next?
    Investigation into bullying, abuse and discrimination began two years ago after numerous British gymnasts spoke outHow did the review come about? The Whyte Review was co-commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England in 2020 after numerous gymnasts spoke out about bullying, abuse and discrimination in the sport – and said their concerns had not been properly investigated by British Gymnastics.Did this abuse reach the highest levels? Yes. Multiple Olympic and world medallists have spoken out, i
  • AOC executive Kitty Chiller sanctioned for ‘judging irregularities’ at Olympics qualifier

    AOC executive Kitty Chiller sanctioned for ‘judging irregularities’ at Olympics qualifier
    Chiller found to have violated gymnastics federation rulesAOC ‘not aware of the nature nor the details’ of matterKitty Chiller, the deputy chief executive of Australia’s National Sports Tribunal and a member of the Australian Olympic Committee executive, has been sanctioned for her role in “judging irregularities” at an Olympic qualification event in 2021 and banned from representing international gymnastic bodies for two years.Earlier this week the disciplinary com
  • British Gymnastics braces for publication of damning report on abuse

    British Gymnastics braces for publication of damning report on abuse
    Anne Whyte QC’s review will be published on ThursdayMore than 40 gymnasts have made claim against governing bodyBritish Gymnastics is bracing itself for a damning 300-page report into its abuse scandal. The document is expected to strongly criticise the governing body’s previous leadership when it is published on Thursday afternoon.Anne Whyte QC’s independent review, which is being published nine months later than originally planned, is said by those who have seen it to be a co
  • Simone Biles, other Nassar victims, seek $1bn from FBI for botched investigation

    Simone Biles, other Nassar victims, seek $1bn from FBI for botched investigation
    Simone Biles, other women seek $1bn-plus from FBI over NassarApproximately 90 claimants include Biles, Raisman, MaroneyOlympic gold medalist Simone Biles and dozens of other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar are seeking more than $1bn from the FBI for failing to stop the sports doctor when the agency first received allegations against him, lawyers said Wednesday.There’s no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that the now-imprisoned Nassar was accused of assaulting
  • Olga review – political gymnastics drama sets the bar high

    Olga review – political gymnastics drama sets the bar high
    Gymnast Anastasiia Budiashkina gives an impressive performance as a rising star whose world is flipped upside down by the 2014 Ukrainian revolutionOlga is a rising star Ukrainian gymnast (played by Anastasiia Budiashkina, herself a former member of the Ukrainian national team) whose shot for glory coincides with the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. When her mother’s job as a journalist critical of the incumbent president, Yanukovych, places them both in immediate danger – a superb, viscera
  • Team GB gymnastics coach Amanda Reddin quits before abuse review

    Team GB gymnastics coach Amanda Reddin quits before abuse review
    Reddin ‘mutually agreed’ to leave role, says British GymnasticsCoach cleared of some claims but ‘historical complaints’ remainThe top women’s gymnastics coach Amanda Reddin, who helped steer Team GB’s gymnasts to their greatest Olympic performance at the Rio Games in 2016, has quit just weeks before an independent review into abuse in the sport.The news was announced by British Gymnastics, who said that it had been “mutually agreed” that Reddin wou
  • Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak banned for one year for wearing pro-war ‘Z’ symbol

    Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak banned for one year for wearing pro-war ‘Z’ symbol
    Competitor displayed letter on podium next to Ukrainian‘I just showed my position,’ says unrepentant KuliakRussian gymnast Ivan Kuliak has been handed a one-year ban for wearing the letter “Z” supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during an event in Qatar in March, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has said.The 20-year-old, who won bronze in the parallel bars at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha, displayed the letter as he stood on the podium next to Ukr
  • Gymnastics coach was pulled from GB squad over mistreatment allegations

    Gymnastics coach was pulled from GB squad over mistreatment allegations
    Liz Kincaid removed from coaching team before Tokyo OlympicsTwo further athletes have made allegations against KincaidShortly before the Tokyo Olympics, one of the top British gymnastics coaches was removed from the Great Britain Olympic coaching team following allegations about her treatment of a former gymnast, according to a report published by BBC Sport.The veteran coach Liz Kincaid coached a number of gymnasts including Amelie Morgan, part of the historic Olympic bronze medal-winning team i
  • Gymnastics coach pulled from Team GB squad after allegations of mistreatment

    Gymnastics coach pulled from Team GB squad after allegations of mistreatment
    Liz Kincaid removed from coaching team before Tokyo OlympicsTwo further athletes have made allegations against KincaidShortly before the Tokyo Olympics, one of the top British gymnastics coaches was removed from the Great Britain Olympic coaching team following allegations about her treatment of a former gymnast, according to a report published by BBC Sport.The veteran coach Liz Kincaid coached a number of gymnasts including Amelie Morgan, part of the historic Olympic bronze medal-winning team i
  • Group of Larry Nassar survivors seeks $130m from FBI over bungled probe

    Group of Larry Nassar survivors seeks $130m from FBI over bungled probe
    13 Nassar victims seeking $130m over bungled investigationFBI director has said he’s ‘profoundly sorry’ about delaysThirteen sexual assault victims of Larry Nassar are seeking $10m each from the FBI, claiming a bungled investigation by agents led to more abuse by the sports doctor, lawyers said Thursday.It’s an effort to make the government responsible for assaults that occurred after 2015. The Justice Department’s inspector general concluded last year that the FBI
  • Young gymnasts were likely subject to emotional and physical abuse at elite Australian training program, report finds

    Young gymnasts were likely subject to emotional and physical abuse at elite Australian training program, report finds
    Some gymnasts fat-shamed and skinfold tested unnecessarilyWAIS: ‘To those who experienced abuse and harm, we apologise’Western Australia’s Institute of Sport has apologised after an independent investigation found some of its gymnasts were abused.Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), which examined allegations in the period between 1987 and 2016, found it was “reasonably likely that some gymnasts suffered abuse and/or harm” at the WAIS. Continue reading...
  • Canadian gymnasts call for investigation into sport’s ‘toxic culture’

    Canadian gymnasts call for investigation into sport’s ‘toxic culture’
    Athletes say sport in their country is rife with abuseAllegations include incidents of emotional and sexual abuseA group of more than 70 current and former Canadian gymnasts have called for an independent investigation into what they described as a “toxic culture and abusive practices” within their sport in the country.The gymnasts, who are and have been members of the Olympic team and national team, said in a letter sent on Monday to Sport Canada’s director general Vicki Walke
  • Olga review – Ukrainian gymnast drama given fierce new focus by events

    Olga review – Ukrainian gymnast drama given fierce new focus by events
    Anastasia Budiashkina is excellent as a young athlete exiled during the 2014 revolution in this moving drama released to raise funds for Ukrainian refugeesEvents have lent an explosive new significance to this prophetic movie about the agony of exile from debut director Elie Grappe, which showed at Cannes last year and is now being released in UK cinemas to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. It concerns Olga, a dedicated teenage Ukrainian gymnast, excellently played by the real-life Ukrainian g
  • Women behind the lens: ‘She dreams of competing outside Pakistan but it’s hopeless’

    Women behind the lens: ‘She dreams of competing outside Pakistan but it’s hopeless’
    Khaula Jamil explores the difficulties faced by Bengali-speakers in Pakistan, and how they are filtering down the generationsThere are two kinds of Bengalis in Pakistan. The first are those who were living in West Pakistan (present-day Pakistan) and chose to remain after the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 (formerly known as East Pakistan). The second are the Bengalis who chose to migrate to Pakistan after the war of separation, through the 1980s. Regardless of category, there is a clause in the
  • Unrepentant gymnast Ivan Kuliak would show ‘Z’ insignia for Russia again

    Unrepentant gymnast Ivan Kuliak would show ‘Z’ insignia for Russia again
    Kuliak: ‘I don’t wish anything bad. I just showed my position’20-year-old faces possibility of losing bronze and a long banThe Russian gymnast who provoked global anger by wearing a propaganda symbol in support of the invasion of Ukraine on a World Cup podium has insisted that he has no regrets – and would even do the same again if he gets the chance.Ivan Kuliak is facing a lengthy ban from gymnastics after attaching a letter “Z” to his leotard before receivin
  • Gymnast Ivan Kuliak says he would show ‘Z’ insignia for Russia again

    Gymnast Ivan Kuliak says he would show ‘Z’ insignia for Russia again
    Kuliak: ‘I don’t wish anything bad. I just showed my position’20-year-old faces possibility of losing bronze and a long banThe Russian gymnast who provoked global anger by wearing a propaganda symbol in support of the invasion of Ukraine on a World Cup podium has insisted that he has no regrets – and would even do the same again if he gets the chance.Ivan Kuliak is facing a lengthy ban from gymnastics after attaching a letter “Z” to his leotard before receivin
  • Russian gymnast shows ‘Z’ symbol on podium next to Ukrainian winner – video

    Russian gymnast shows ‘Z’ symbol on podium next to Ukrainian winner – video
    Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, who sported an insignia linked to the invasion of Ukraine on a podium while receiving his medal next to Ukrainian rival, had been called out for his 'shocking behaviour'.
    Kuliak’s shirt had the letter Z prominently placed as he stood next to Ukraine’s Illia Kovtun, the gold medallist at a Gymnastics World Cup event in Doha.The 'Z', a letter that does not exist in the Cyrillic Russian alphabet, has been seen daubed on Russian tanks and
  • Russian gymnast with ‘Z’ symbol on podium next to Ukrainian faces long ban

    Russian gymnast with ‘Z’ symbol on podium next to Ukrainian faces long ban
    Gymnastics’ governing body condemns Ivan Kuliak’s conductLetter seen to symbolise support for the invasion of UkraineGymnastics’ governing body has condemned the “shocking behaviour” of the Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, who now faces a lengthy ban for wearing a symbol in support of the invasion of Ukraine on the medal podium of a World Cup event.After winning bronze in the parallel bars final at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha, Kuliak taped the letter ‘Z’
  • ‘Shocking behaviour’: Russian gymnast shows ‘Z’ symbol on podium next to Ukrainian winner

    ‘Shocking behaviour’: Russian gymnast shows ‘Z’ symbol on podium next to Ukrainian winner
    IGF calls for disciplinary action to be taken against Ivan Kuliak Letter seen to symbolise support for Russia’s invasion of UkraineRussian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, who sported an insignia linked to the invasion of Ukraine on a medals podium, had been called out for his “shocking behaviour”.Kuliak’s shirt had the letter “Z” prominently placed as he stood next to Ukraine’s Kovtun Illia, the gold medallist at a Gymnastics World Cup event in Doha. Continue readi
  • Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2021: Simone Biles at the Tokyo Olympics

    Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2021: Simone Biles at the Tokyo Olympics
    The greatest gymnast in history opened up about her mental health issues in Tokyo – and collected a bronze medalAs Simone Biles entered the Ariake Gymnastics Centre for the women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympics, the eyes of the sporting world slowly fixated on her. She was, to many, the most dominant athlete in the world and the greatest gymnast in history, undefeated in the all-around, team and floor competitions since 2013. She had pushed the boundaries of the sport even further
  • USA Gymnastics and USOPC reach $380m settlement with Nassar abuse survivors

    USA Gymnastics and USOPC reach $380m settlement with Nassar abuse survivors
    Disgraced doctor abused dozens of athletes in his careOrganizations were accused of failing to stop abuseSurvivors of disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar have reached a $380m settlement with USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their insurers after a five-year legal battle. The settlement was confirmed during a hearing in a federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis on Monday.“This settlement is the result of the bravery of hundreds of survivors who,
  • Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee says she was pepper-sprayed in racist attack

    Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee says she was pepper-sprayed in racist attack
    The gymnast was waiting for an Uber in Los Angeles with friends when a car sped by and passengers yelled anti-Asian slursUS Olympic gymnast Sunisa Lee has revealed that she was pepper-sprayed in a racist drive-by attack weeks after she won gold in the Tokyo games.Lee, 18, was waiting for an Uber in Los Angeles after a night out with a group of friends, who are all of Asian descent. A car sped by and its passengers began yelling anti-Asian slurs and told Lee and her friends to “go back to w
  • How was Larry Nassar able to get away with his terrible crimes? | Deborah Tuerkheimer

    How was Larry Nassar able to get away with his terrible crimes? | Deborah Tuerkheimer
    Nassar’s victims came forward to parents, coaches, doctors, psychologists, USA Gymnastics and local police – and were dismissed as less credible than Nassar’s preposterous claims of medical justification Continue reading...
  • Gymnast Rebecca Andrade stands proud at end of her breakthrough year | Tumaini Carayol

    Gymnast Rebecca Andrade stands proud at end of her breakthrough year | Tumaini Carayol
    The 22-year-old became Brazil’s first female Olympic gymnastics medallist at the Tokyo Games and has just become world vault championThere has never been a gymnastics world championships quite like the event that unfolded at the weekend in Kitakyushu, a northern city on Kyushu Island in Japan. In a sport so intense that it is difficult for gymnasts to maintain their peak physical form and workload for extended periods, another major championship so soon after the Olympics forced many gymna
  • Gymnast Rebeca Andrade stands proud at end of her breakthrough year | Tumaini Carayol

    Gymnast Rebeca Andrade stands proud at end of her breakthrough year | Tumaini Carayol
    The 22-year-old became Brazil’s first female Olympic gymnastics medallist at the Tokyo Games and has just become world vault championThere has never been a gymnastics world championships quite like the event that unfolded at the weekend in Kitakyushu, a northern city on Kyushu Island in Japan. In a sport so intense that it is difficult for gymnasts to maintain their peak physical form and workload for extended periods, another major championship so soon after the Olympics forced many gymna
  • ‘We were crazy kids just jumping on everything’: gymnast twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova

    ‘We were crazy kids just jumping on everything’: gymnast twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova
    They were only 16 when they won medals at the Tokyo Olympics. So how are the high-flying sisters balancing stardom and schoolwork?Early on a Friday morning in a large, open gymnasium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are standing a few metres apart on a springy blue floor, preparing for takeoff. They have convinced the photographer to shoot them doing handsprings. The hope is that they will coordinate so well, the camera will capture the identical twins in identical po
  • Becky Downie’s world championships place a triumph of supreme resilience

    Becky Downie’s world championships place a triumph of supreme resilience
    The British gymnast suffered tragedy this year along with the disappointment of missing out on the OlympicsEven for the rare competitors who progress seamlessly throughout their careers, gymnastics is an unfathomably difficult sport. It pounds down on muscles and joints, it requires singular focus for success and because there are so few major meetings four years of unbridled discipline can be undone with a misjudgment by a millimetre or less.Over the past 15 years, even by the standards of most

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