Friday, January 17, 2014

Gymnasts Who Retired In 2013, Part One

Everything comes to an end, so does a gymnast's career. Bringing you those who retired in 2013.

Beth Tweddle

Britain's best gymnast Beth Tweddle chose the perfect day to announce her retirement which was on her anniversary of winning her Olympic bronze medal in London. Tweddle left the sport like any other  gymnast would like to leave it. She is the first British gymnast to win gold at World and European championships and the first female British gymnast to win a medal at an Olympic games.

Beth retired at the age of 28.

Yulia Belokobylskaya

After her retirement, Russia's Yulia Belokobylskaya moved to ballet and also cheer leading. As a gymnast, she competed at 2011 European and World championships. She won a bronze medal on floor at European championships and a silver with team at World championship. Belokobylskaya retired at the age of 17 years old.

Raluca Haidu

After failing to make the Olympic team, Romania's Raluca Haidu decided to end her gymnastics career and focus on her study. Haidu's biggest achievement was winning the gold medal with her team at 2012 European championships. She is also the 2010 European bronze medalist on balance beam and with her team.

She competed at the 2010 and 2011 World championships where she helped her team finishing in 4th place. She also qualified to the all around final at both Worlds.

Haidu retired at the age of 17 years old.

Deng Linlin 

Winning two Olympic gold medals and a World title, what else would China's Deng Linlin want to achieve in the sport. 

Linlin is now a full time student at Peking University. She is majoring in International and Foreign Relations as she has hopes of working for the FIG in the future.

She retired at the age of 21 years old.

Huang Quishuang 

China's Huang Quishuang left the sport as a three time World medalist and an Olympian. She was aiming on having the 2013 Asian Games as her last competition but a foot injury forced her to withdraw from the games. 

Quishuang's biggest achievement was at the 2011 World championship where she won her only major international individual medal, a bronze on uneven bars. She retired at the age of 21 years old.

Anna Dementyeva

Russia's Anna Dementyeva was forced to retire due to health issues. She is now in her hometown, helping in coaching.

Dementyeva's last competition was the Universiade games where she won gold with her team. Her biggest accomplishment is the all around gold at 2011 European championships.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

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