This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

August 3, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 31 July to 6 August!


At the Aerobics World Championships in Klaipeda (LTU), Russian mixed pair Tatiana Soloviova and Vladislav Oskner scored 18.700 to win the gold medal, beating Italians Wilkie Satti Sanchez and Giovanna Lecis and Romanians Remus Nicolai and Izabela Lacatus.



Romania was the only Eastern Bloc country to disregard the Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the gymnastics competition, the women’s team, led by Ecaterina Szabo, upgraded the silver medal they won at the 2 previous Games to clinch their first ever Olympic team title, beating the USA and China.



During the women’s event finals at the Barcelona Olympics, Romania’s Lavinia Milosovici scores a perfect 10 on floor to take the gold medal. Unknown back then but ultimately confirmed when the 2006 change in scoring system abandoned the 10, her performance marked the last ever 10 given at an Olympic Games.



Already having won 2 gold medals, with his Soviet teammates and in the all-around, Vitaly Scherbo collects another 4 in apparatus finals, making him the King of the Games.


Showing great form and difficulty, Russia’s Dmitriy Ushakov performs spectacular routines in qualifications of the trampoline competition at the London Olympics. In the final he repeats this effort and jumps to Olympic silver behind China’s Dong Dong.



Ekaterina Serebrianskaya, the reigning European Champion, performs four excellent routines, scoring the highest scores with all apparatus.  A clear win as she clinches the Olympic title ahead of Russia’s Yanina Batyrchina and compatriot Elena Vitrichenko.



After a surprise defeat against the USA’s Mary Lou Retton in the all-around, Romania’s team leader Ecaterina Szabo bounces back with a vengeance in the event finals winning gold on vault, beam (tied with teammate Simona Pauca) and floor.



McKayla Maroney, the American super favourite, surprises everyone, including herself, by sitting down her second vault on day of the event finals at the London Olympics. The reigning European Champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania takes advantage of this misstep and takes the gold medal, a nice addition to the gold she won on floor in Beijing 4 years earlier.

More European excitement follows as Krisztian Berki swings to gold for Hungary on pommel horse. To the delight of the London crowd, the podium is completed by British gymnasts Louis Smith and Max Whitlock.