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Beth Tweddle
Beth Tweddle Great Britain

  • Country: Great Britain
  • Sport: Gymnastics
  • Height: 5'3" / 1.60m
  • Weight: 117 lbs / 53.1 kg
  • Born: 4/1/1985
  • Career Highlights: Tweddle is a three-time world champion in individual competition. She won gold medals on the uneven bars - her signature event - in 2006 and 2010, and won in floor exercise in 2009. The 2004 and ’08 Olympian captured all of those titles while in her 20s, a rarity in women’s gymnastics as teenagers generally rule the podium. Having moved to Britain when she was 18 months old after being born in South Africa, she is the most accomplished gymnast in the 2012 host country’s history. Tweddle is the three-time defending European champ on uneven bars and also won European championship gold on floor in 2009 and 2010. She finished fourth on bars at the Beijing Games, and will be trying to win Britain’s first individual Olympic gymnastics medal in more than 100 years. Tweddle is a threat to do so in part because she specializes on uneven bars and floor exercise, and no longer competes on beam or vault. Her routines on bars contain a high degree of difficulty, and her tumbling is considered to be her strongest attribute in floor. She will also come into the Games looking to overcome the disappointment of the 2011 worlds, as she failed to qualify for the uneven bars final and placed seventh in floor, although she helped Britain earn a team spot in London. Tweddle was honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in May 2010 for her contributions to British gymnastics, receiving the award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008,2004
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