Local gymnast picks her top performers
19-year-old Simone Biles is an African American gymnast considered by many to be the greatest female gymnast ever. With four Olympic gold medals, Biles set a new American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games, and equalled a number of other records with her medal haul in Rio.
At the World Championships she had a fall on beam resulting in a whole 1-mark deduction, but she still managed to get a first place medal, beating the worlds’ top gymnasts in the process.
That’s not the only time she has fallen – she was expected to collect five Olympic gold medals in Rio but her fall on beam downgraded her to bronze, so she returned home with ‘only’ four Olympic golds.
Biles first tried gymnastics at six years old as part of a day-care field trip. The instructors suggested she continue with gymnastics. Biles soon enrolled in an optional training program at Bannon’s Gymnastix. She began working with coach Aimee Boorman at the age of 8. Eleven years on and she continues to impress.
Her fans around the world can’t wait to see what this remarkable young woman achieves in the future.
Max Whitlock has defeated Kohi Uchi Mora, the greatest male gymnast ever.
He has had an amazing Olympics gaining two gold medals, one on pommel and on one floor. He also gained a third place medal in the men’s individual all round. He is 23 years old and is one of Britain’s best ever gymnasts. As well as beating the famous Kohi Uchi Mora he also beat the pommel hero Louis smith.
He has not only been outstanding at the Olympics but at most of the competitions. This year he also got a gold on pommel horse at Glasgow and two silvers, one in the team and another in the floor exercise.
Home fans will be hoping he continues to impress and gain Britain some more gold medal titles.
Ruby, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy