Rio Olympic medallist and gymnastics star Nile Wilson has announced his retirement from elite gymnastics.
Nile retires off the back of a stellar competitive career, highlighted by his history making performances at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His bronze medal on high bar secured Britain’s first ever Olympic medal on that apparatus.
A fans favourite throughout his career, Nile first impressed as a junior, winning medals throughout the age groups at British and European level.
Off the back of European success as an under 18, he moved up to the seniors at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, helping Team England secure gold, as well as winning an individual gold on high bar.
At the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Nile, alongside teammates Max Whitlock MBE, Louis Smith MBE, Kristian Thomas, Brinn Bevan and Dan Purvis, rewrote the history books! The British men’s team had never won a world team medal prior to that moment but produced their very best to secure an incredible silver medal at the SSE Hydro Arena.
A year later, prior to the 2016 Olympic Games, Nile won his first major championship title at the European Championships, winning high bar gold.
As well as his performances on the competition floor, through his personality and online presence, Nile has brought a new audience to the sport of gymnastics. Nile’s passion and personality have shone throughout his career and his legacy is not only of medals but also of his influence in transforming the perception of the sport; inspiring, entertaining and motivating thousands across the world.
Announcing his retirement on Instagram, Nile said: “Today I hang up my hand guards and retire from the professional sport of gymnastics. ‘Gymnastics’ you are the best sport in the world! You’re my 1st love, my addiction, you set me free, you gave me purpose and you gave me experiences I could not even have dreamed of!”
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Nile all the very best for the future.