Olympic News 5: Great Britain Olympic Team Preview

Great Britain Announce WAG and MAG Olympic Teams

Aside from the US, Team GB has got to be one of the most highly anticipated teams to be announced.

Both the Women’s and Men’s team will be looking to finish on the podium in Rio, just as they did in 2015 at the World Championships. Here is my preview of the teams.

The team members are as follows: (click on their names to see their profile piece from BGtv British Gymnastics YouTube Channel.)

GB Women's Team

GB Women’s Team



Rebecca Downie

Elissa Downie

Claudia Fragapane

Ruby Harrold

Amy Tinkler

All team members were a part of the history making, bronze medal winning team at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

Known as the Double Downies, sisters Becky and Ellie have achieved their dream of competing on the same Olympic Team. You can watch their Hard Way to Success which includes Becky‘s heartache after being left off the 2012 Olympic Team. She returned with a vengeance, and recently became the Uneven Bar European Champion. Her routine has a massive start value of 6.9! Which will be a huge asset to team GB in team finals. Her sister Ellie, 7 years her junior; followed in her footsteps, by taking up gymnastics and last year made the Vault and Floor final at the World Championships. Ellie is an incredibly strong AAer; she took out all 4 gold medals earlier in the year at the Osijek World Cup in Croatia. I believe she will finish well inside the top 10 in Rio.

Pocket rocket, Claudia Fragapane burst onto the Senior scene in 2014, where she made history by winning 4 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She is extremely powerful on Vault and Floor, and competes a difficult beam routine, featuring 3 twisting acrobatic elements; a standing back tuck full, a layout full, and a standing arabian. 

3 time Uneven Bar finalist, Ruby Harrold will be looking to make the Bar final in Rio. After being a reserve athlete in 2012, Harrold upped the anti on Bars, and has landed herself in the 2016 team. Watch out for her unique skill set, including a Shap half – Zuchold, and a Shap – Tkatchev – Bhardwadj (pak with a full twist.) If you have no idea what any of that means, you can take a look at her routine here!

16 year old, Amy Tinkler had a breakout year in 2015, winning every championship possible in Great Britain, and was part of the bronze medal winning team at the 2015 World Championships. He has incredible tumbling on Floor, where she competes a double layout with a full twist.

Unfortunately, Hard Way to Success hero, Gabby Jupp did not make the team, however after overcoming two ACL tears, she has been named as a reserve athlete. A massive feat after suffering 2 possible career ending injuries! I am looking forward to seeing her in 2017…I see a Bars World Championship medal in her future.

The other reserve athletes are Rebecca Tunney and Kelly Simm.

GB Mens Team

GB Men’s Team


Brinn Bevan

Louis Smith

Kristian Thomas

Max Whitlock

Nile Wilson

This is the strongest team that GB could put out on the floor in Rio. With strong AAers in Whitlock and Wilson, as well as specialists, Smith and Thomas and youngster Bevan, rounding out the team well.

Watch out for Whitlock and Wilson in the All-Around competition. As well as Whitlock on the Floor and Pommel Horse where he is the World Silver medalist, and World Champion respectively. Wilson will also be aiming to make both the Parallel Bar and Horizontal Bar finals in Rio; he is the reigning European Champion on High Bar.

Kristian Thomas has a huge Vault; a Yurchenko Double Pike! So look out for that, as well as his High Bar where he currently came second to teammate, Nile Wilson, at the European Championships.

Louis Smith needs no introduction; the veteran of the team has medals from almost every major competition on the Pommel Horse, including 2x Olympic Medals, one from Beijing 2008, and one from London 2012. He will be looking to add to his collection in Rio.

Youngster Brinn Bevan has overcome a turbulent few years to be named to the Olympic Team. You can watch his Hard Way to Success, which includes the struggle of overcoming the death of his father, and the promise he made to him. Which was to try his best to win an Olympic Medal. Something that could become a reality in the following weeks! In recent times, Bevan has overcome a freak double leg break, which he suffered in November 2015, to come back in record time to compete a Tsuk Double Pike on Vault, and factor in to this strong 5-man team.

As mentioned in my earlier post  Sam Oldham had stellar Olympic Trial results. He topped the All-Around standings at the first Olympic Trial, and finished 3rd AA in the London Open. Unfortunately he came victim to the puzzle, that is a 5-man team, and was not named to the team. He filed an appeal to the selection committee which was unsuccessful, however he is one of the reserve athletes, should Team GB need him.

The other reserve athletes are Dan Purvis and Courtney Tulloch.

Great Britain also announced their 3 Trampoline athletes who will be heading to the Olympic Games, they are: Bryony Page, Nathan Bailey and Kat Driscoll.

Congratulations on your selection and good luck in Rio! 

Written by Mary-Anne Monckton © 2016

All videos from BGtv British Gymnastics YouTube Channel.

Images from British Gymnastics Facebook Page.

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