With less than a month to go before the Summer Olympic Games kick off in Rio this August, the GB team officially announced the athletes that will represent Great Britain in the three Olympic gymnastics disciplines.
Team GB revealed that their men’s artistic gymnastics team will be composed of Louis Smith MBE, Brinn Bevan, Kristian Thomas, Nile Wilson and Max Whitlock. The women’s team also looks strong as Becky Downie, Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler will complete the women’s artistic gymnastics team. Bryony Page, Kat Driscoll and Nathan Bailey will compete for the trampoline gymnastics discipline.
Artistic Gymnastics (Men’s)
Louis Smith, a three-time Olympic medalist will compete in his third Olympic Games in Rio this August, together with his 2012 London Olympic bronze medal-winning teammates Max Whitlock, the first male gymnast to win a World Championship title for Great Britain and Kristian Thomas, the 2015 European floor exercise gold medalist.
Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan will both make their Olympic debut in Rio next month following their team’s strong finish at the World Championships in Glasgow last year, where the team won a silver medal.
Eddie Van Hoof, the Head National Coach of the men’s artistic team said: “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.”
Artistic Gymnastics (Women’s)
The prominent Downie sisters Becky (24) and Ellie (16) will be a part of the women’s artistic Olympic team that will compete in Rio next month. They will become the first British sisters that will participate together in an Olympic Games.
Becky, the older of the two, will compete in her second Olympic Games this summer while her sister, Ellie, is set to make her Olympic debut in Rio.
Claudia Fragapane, the British All-around champion and Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler, both a part of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2015 World Championships completed the women’s team line-up.
The Head Coach of women’s artistic national team, Amanda Reddin OBE said: “We have selected a team of gymnasts who have experience at the very top level. All of the 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 into 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.”
The three selected Olympic representatives for the Trampoline Gymnastics, Trampoline star Kat Driscoll, 2016 British champion Nathan Bailey and three-time British champion Bryony Page has made a large contribution in the Team GB after finishing 9th at the team event in the 2012 London Games – Britain’s best finish in an Olympic Games.
Tracy Whittaker-Smith, the National Coach of Trampoline Gymnastics said: “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.”
The 2016 Olympic Games will take place in the Rio Olympic Arena starting August 6 and will end on 21st of August, 2016.
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