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SMITH Louis (GBR)

Identity

Title
Mr
Gender
male
Lastname
SMITH
Firstname
Louis
Country
Great Britain
City
PETERBOROUGH
Country of birth
Great Britain
Place of birth
Peterborough
Year of birth
1989
Height
180 cm / 5' 11''
Weight
78 kg / 172 lb
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Website / fan page
Instagram account
Twitter account
Facebook page

Nickname

Lou-bear (Twitter profile, 05 Apr 2016)

Occupation

Athlete

Spoken languages

English

Club

Huntingdon Gymnastics Club [England]

Coach

Paul Hall [club]; Eddie van Hoof [national] (huntingdon-gymnastics.org, 11 Apr 2016; theguardian.com, 21 Oct 2015)

International senior debut

2006 for Great Britain (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011)

Injuries

In March 2012 he fractured a finger in his right hand on the high bar, resulting in four weeks off. (dailymail.co.uk, 28 Mar 2012)

In 2010 he broke his thumb in the lead-up to the European Team Championships. (louis-smith-official.com, 23 Dec 2011)

Start sporting career

He took up gymnastics at age four in Peterborough, England. (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011; peterboroughtoday.co.uk, 30 July 2012)

Reason for taking up the sport

His older brother started doing gymnastics and he followed him into the sport. His mother also thought it was a good way for him to burn off energy and learn discipline after he discovered at age seven that he had ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder]. She initially took him to try several different sports, but he liked gymnastics the most. "Gymnastics taught me discipline and respect and overall, I didn't get into too much trouble." (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011; Mirror.co.uk, 08 Aug 2013; idolmag.co.uk, 12 Aug 2012; mirror.co.uk, 08 Aug 2013)

Most memorable sporting achievement

Winning one silver and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (british-gymnastics.org, 07 Jan 2014)

Hero / Idol

US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011)

Additional information

Awards
He received an honorary doctorate in health sciences from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013 for his contributions to British sport. (louissmith.com, 26 Sept. 2013)

He was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2012 New Year's Honours list in recognition of his sporting achievements. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Jan 2014)

He was one of the recipients of the British Olympic Association's [BOA] Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy in 2007. (british-gymnastics.org, 29 Jan 2008)

General
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
He retired from the sport after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He participated in the 2012 BBC series 'Strictly Come Dancing' and also worked as a commentator during his absence. He announced his return to gymnastics in January 2014. "I loved commentating at the world championships in October [2013], however there was a large part of me that felt I should be competing. I know what I'm still capable of when I'm in peak condition. I believe I can very much compete amongst the best in the world and challenge for medals. I can go to the Commonwealth Games knowing that whatever happens, I will have achieved everything I ever dreamt of in gymnastics" (british-gymnastics.org, 07 Jan 2014, bbc.co.uk, 07 Jan 2014)

ENDING THE DROUGHT
He became the first British gymnast since 1908 to win an individual Olympic medal when he won bronze on pommel horse at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 09 Jan 2012)

MEMOIR
In 2013 he published an illustrated memoir, 'Louis: My Story So Far'. (expressandstar.com, 16 July 2014)

Last update : 2016-09-23

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
83
Score Qualif.
15.700 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.833
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.700
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
269.752
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
268.670
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
16.066
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
64
Score Qualif.
13.033
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
271.711
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
272.420
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.725
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
All-Around
Rank Final
98
Score Final
15.133 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.700
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.133
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
358.227
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
259
Score Qualif.
27.433 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
16.033
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.533
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
219
Score Qualif.
11.900
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
270.345
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
354.417
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
255
Score Qualif.
15.600 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.066
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.600
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
348.742
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
282
Score Qualif.
29.566 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.733
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.300
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
74
Score Qualif.
14.266
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
261.103
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
357.033
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
180
Score Qualif.
15.900 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.450
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.900
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.600
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.100
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.350
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.550
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.500
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
132
Score Qualif.
15.833 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.733
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.833
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
268.427
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
267.020
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
126
Score Qualif.
15.800 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.800
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800

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