The 13 gymnastics selected to represent Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games have been officially announced.
Our men’s artistic gymnastics team will be Louis Smith MBE, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Brinn Bevan and Kristian Thomas. Our women’s artistic gymnastics team will be Becky Downie, Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler. Our trampoline gymnasts will be Kat Driscoll, Bryony Page and Nathan Bailey.
Team Leader, Alan Edge “We are delighted to have selected a group of world class gymnasts who go to the Games in great form and confident of achieving successful results across the board. This Olympic cycle has seen historic performances at World and European Championships that have firmly established Great Britain amongst the top gymnastics nations. We have a very unified team, our gymnasts are very well prepared and looking forward to not only the experience of the Games but also to proving themselves and producing their best performances.”
Team GB’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “Our gymnasts have enjoyed a very successful four years since London 2012 and the quality of athletes selected today is right up there with the best in the world. In particular, the performances over the last 12 months across the disciplines give great promise to what this group can achieve in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Gymnastics in Britain is stronger than it has ever been. No doubt that competition for places has pushed each of those selected today to be better athletes and will help them hugely at Rio 2016.”
Men’s artistic gymnastics
Triple Olympic medallist Louis Smith MBE competes in his third Games, with World pommel horse world champion Max Whitlock and 2015 European floor champion Kristian Thomas all fellow London 2012 team bronze medal winners in the line-up. Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan were both part of the historic 2015 World Championships team that took silver and make their Olympic debuts.
Men’s Head National Coach, Eddie Van Hoof: “The Olympic Games selection period is always a difficult time for all. I commend athletes, coaches and judges for their tremendous efforts.
Now that this process has been completed, we can focus on the challenge ahead. We have a team that blends great experience with youth, which aims to set new levels of performance on the Olympic stage. We focus on each day, taking each step toward this goal. Excitement is tempered with realism for the task facing us. I am confident that this team will not shrink back “
Max Whitlock: “I'm honoured to be selected to represent Team GB. It'll be my first time ever going to Rio so I can't wait. For me I try to look at it like any other competition. I want to go there, enjoy experience and do my best. That's the main thing. The results that we have got behind us as a team, gives us a lot of confidence and hopefully we can all have successful competitions out in Rio.”
Head National Coach Craig Lowther "November 2012 was the first squad I took in the trampoline program with everyone made aware what the program was and what the aim was - and that was to deliver two women and one man to Rio. There has been a lot of hard work under the bridge, where gymnasts personnel coaches and national coaches have all contributed to the great success we have had in this last four years - the most successful time in British trampoline since it became an Olympic sport. With Rio coming up we are focused on the guys delivering 100% completion of their routines and pushing hard in the areas that we can focus on. Great team work has enabled us to do this and in Rio it is onwards and upwards."
Trampoline National Coach Tracy Whittaker-Smith: “We are delighted to have selected three very strong trampoline gymnasts to Team GB, who have all won World and European Championship medals. We have made history by qualifying three places for the Games and the aim is to qualify for finals and challenge for medals against the world’s best.”
Kat Driscoll: “It was an honour to compete at my first Olympic Games and I can't believe I'm back here being selected for my second one! I have learned a lot in the last 4 years and I'm relishing the opportunity to get out there on the big stage again and represent my country the best I possibly can.”
Women’s artistic gymnastics
The Downie sisters Becky (2008 Olympian) and Ellie become the first British gymnastics sisters to compete together in an Olympic Games. Becky the 2016 European bars champion competed at Beijing whilst for Ellie, the 2016 vault and floor European silver medallist, this is her first Games. British all-around champion Claudia Fragapane and World Championships team bronze medal winners Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler complete the line-up.
Becky Downie: “I’m really, really excited and pleased to be selected. I can’t wait to get out there now; all of the team have worked so hard and are so excited. For me personally it was a big decision to carry on for this Olympic cycle but I knew I had more to give and feel like I’ve proved that. Being part of Team GB is amazing, we’re so excited to get our kit, to be in Rio, to see all the other athletes and be on that Olympic stage.”
Women’s Head National Coach, Amanda Reddin OBE: “We have selected a team of gymnasts who have experience at the very top level. All the of team members were part of our line-up that made history by taking World Championship team bronze in 2015 and we have continued with further successes at this year’s European Championships - so we go in to the Games full of confidence. The priority now is to fine tune the routines in the next four weeks as we build up to Rio.”
Competitions will take place in men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics. We have qualified full men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics teams (5 per team), two places for Team GB in the women’s trampoline event and one in the men's event.
For Team GB the gymnastics events begin on the 6th of August with our men’s team in qualifying action and end on the 16th August with the men’s parallel bars and horizontal bars finals and women’s floor final. There are medals on offer for both individuals and teams in artistic gymnastics where all gymnasts compete in the qualification (some gymnasts on every apparatus and some on their specialist apparatus) and there are competitions for individuals in the trampoline events.
At the last Olympic Games in London, Team GB picked up four Olympic medals with our men’s artistic team taking bronze, Louis Smith winning silver and Max Whitlock bronze on the pommel horse and Beth Tweddle taking the bronze on the uneven bars.
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