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Russian gymnast David Belyavskiy announced on Instagram that his wife, whom he got married to in last year's October, gave birth to a baby girl.

The two time Olympic medalist and his wife named their daughter Alisiya. She was born on September 6th.

His teammate Denis Ablyazin, along with his wife former Olympic Russian gymnast Ksenia Semenova, had a baby boy last January.

Belyavskiy has been a vital member of the Russian team. He helped the team to win a silver medal at 2016 Olympics, individually he won a bronze medal on parallel bars.

He won a total of thirteen European championships medals between 2012 and 2017, five of which are gold. David was named to his country's 2017 Worlds team.

Written by Gigi Farid


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Russian gymnast Aleksandr Balandin has announced his retirement from the sport.

Balandin, whose last competition was the 2014 European championships, suffered from a shoulder injury that required surgery. Since then, he had never regained his former level.

The 28 year old athlete has three skills named after him in the CoP, all of which are rated an E.

Rings is his strongest apparatus, on which he placed fourth at the Olympics, won silver at 2013 Worlds and, gold at 2012 and 2014 Europeans.

He was part of the 2012 Russian Olympic team who finished in sixth place in the team final and 2014 Russian European team who won gold.

He now coaches children at Petrozavodsk, but still unsure about his future.





Written by Gigi Farid

Photo by Artistica Ginnastica Italiana

The Japanese men's gymnastics team to the upcoming Worlds has been announced.

The team will consist of:

Legendary Kohei Uchimura, three time Olympic champion and ten time World champion.
Kenzo Shirai, Olympic and three time World champion.
Kohei Kameyama, World champion.
Keisuko Asano, Wataru Tanigawa and Hidetaka Miyachi.

Last June, the WAG team was announced. It will consist of Asuka Teramoto and 2016 Olympians Mai Murakami, Sae Miyakawa and Aiko Sugihara.

The upcoming World championships will be held between October 2 and 8 in Montreal. It will only feature individual competitions.

Written by Gigi Farid


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US gymnast Jake Dalton has announced his retirement from the sport in an interview with insidegymnastics.com.

Dalton said that the reason behind his decision is that he could no longer mentally and physically continue competing and training high level in gymnastics .

"I tried to take a little bit of a break and recover [after the Olympics]," said Dalton. "It was really hard to enjoy going into the gym every single day, hurting that much on all the events"

He added that being a part of the US Olympic team for a second time was a "really special thing" and that he would like to end his career on a high note.

The retired athlete is now focusing on his next step which will be helping in managing his family's gyms in Nevada. He dreams of purchasing the gyms from them and to take ownership.

The 25 year old former gymnast has won a total of four medals at World championships, bronze with the team in 2011 and 2014, bronze on vault in 2014 and silver on floor exercise in 2013.

At both Olympic games (2012-2016), he contributed to his team's fifth place finish.

Written by Gigi Farid




It was reported that Diego Hypolito won't be able to compete at the upcoming national championships.

The reason of his absence from the competition is that he is recovering from a surgery he had last December on his spine. He has not participated in any competition ever since.

Nevertheless, The Brazilian has been given medical clearance to return to competition later this month. 

Diego won a silver medal on floor exercise at the last Olympic Games. He is the first male gymnast from Brazil, and South America, to win a medal at the World Championships.

He has five World medals on floor exercise in his records 

Written by Gigi Farid


German gymnast Lukas Dauser is now recovering from a knee injury that required surgery.

"Four weeks have passed since my surgery. I can now begin to put some pressure on my knee again" wrote Dauser on Instagram.

Lukas injured his ACL while dismounting the rings during the event finals at the nationals which took place last month.

The 2017 World championships, which will be  held next October in Canada, is highly unlikely for the 23 year old gymnast.

Lukas is the winner of the silver medal on parallel bars at the last European championships. He was one of the favorites to win a medal on the event at the upcoming World championships.

Dauser participated at the Rio Olympic Games where he finished in 7th place with his team.

Written by Gigi Farid


Max Whitlock announced his wedding on Twitter and Instagram. Photograph: Max Whitlock/Instagram

Last week Great Britain’s Max Whitlock tied the knot with childhood friend and gym coach Leah Hickton.

The married couple, both 24, met at South Essex Gymnastics Club when they were only twelve years old.

It took young Max two years to ask Leah out on a date, and seven additional years to propose. The wedding proposal, which Whitlock described as ‘more nerve-wracking than the Olympics’, happened during a short break in the Lake District ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.

The Rio Games made Whitlock famous. He came into the Olympics as the current World champion on pommel horse, as well as the Olympic bronze medallist on the same apparatus and with the team, but in Rio he exceeded expectations, winning gold on both pommel horse and, very unexpectedly, on floor exercise, and bronze in a nerve-wracking all around competition.

Whitlock announced the news of his wedding on Twitter and Instagram, writing: 'MR & MRS WHITLOCK. the best day of my life. I AM NOW A MARRIED MAN!! Had an amazing wedding and mini moon!! @leahhickton'.

The newly weds said they are keen to start a family together.


By Talitha Ilacqua


When life makes you a lemon, make lemonade is one of the most famous proverbial phrases used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude. Some people deem it cheesy and sometimes unrealistic, and is often the butt of all jokes.

But this incredible athlete, Donghua Li proved that you can achieve what you dream of no matter what your life gives you.

Donghua, who was born in late 1967, began gymnastics at the age of 7 and joined the national team in 1983.

Everything was going well until he suffered a life threatening injury during practice. He violently bumped into the horse with his abdomen which caused his spleen and kidney to be removed.

Immediately after the incident, he asked his coach if he could resume his gymnastics career after recovery and the answer was no. But Donghua did not take no for an answer and continued doing gymnastics while having his eyes set on an Olympic gold.

Still his life got harder in 1986 when he tore both his ankle tendons and even more so when he sustained a serious neck injury while attempting a new move on the parallel bars, two years later.

The injury put an end to his Olympic dream in Seoul which left him devastated.

Suffering from severe injuries, depression and excruciating pain, Donghua knew that his career as a gymnast might end soon. 

At that time, he was in a relationship with a Swiss woman, Esperanza Friedli, whom he wanted to marry. The couple was dating while he was recovering from his last injury.  

Donghua was told that if he wants to stay with the national team, he has to forget Esperanza. But his love for her was so strong that he gave up being a part of the national team.

The couple got married and moved to Switzerland. There, he continued training and since there was no one to coach him, he was his own coach.

He would videotape international competitions and scrutinize the routines, noting trends and technical advances. Donghua was jobless and had no income, hence, his wife had to support him. He had to rent the apparatuses for himself to train.

He said that gymnasts always do what the coach tells them, no questions asked but in Switzerland, he had to learn to train himself and to use what he had learned in China, and become independent.

The native Chinese gymnast had to wait five years in order to obtain the Swiss nationality and be able to compete, which means he had to miss the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

During that time, he had serious doubts and had to fight off the negative thoughts. He participated in a couple of Swiss competitions where he won several titles but none of those titles were official as he was not yet a Swiss.  

Donghua said that the Swiss gymnasts had a hard time accepting a Chinese gymnast on their team but eventually they did. 

In 1994 at the age of 27, he was finally naturalized and went to represent his new adopted country at the World championships where he won a bronze medal on pommel horse which was Switzerland's first World medal since 1954.

The following World championships, he was crowned a champion on the same event while he settled for a silver at the 1996 World championships.

At the Atlanta Olympics, Donghua finally realized a life long dream by winning the gold medal on his favorite apparatus (pommel horse). He became the first Swiss gymnast to win an Olympic gold since 1952.

"Beside our wedding, it was the most beautiful moment" said his wife.

"Standing on the victory platform as the Swiss flag is raised in the arena, I thought 'what country am I from?' To me I have two homes, China is my home, Switzerland is my home" said the Olympic champion.

"How fortunate it is that I can call both countries home and then I thought about my wife Esperanza, I could not have done anything without her."

"As I stood at the top step of the podium, she was with me. For half of my Olympic gold medal, it belongs to her. I could not have achieved this without her."

While cheering from the stands, his wife was pregnant with his first child.

After the Olympics, he ended his career on a high note. Since then he has been working as an entrepreneur. He published his first book "Breaking the limits" in 1999 in China.

In 2007, he became a co-owner of Asianet GbmH.


Donghua has as well worked for many well-known companies such as Swatch Group, BMW, Suzuki Motorcycle, Titlisbahn and various companies as an ambassador and adviser. 

In 1995, he founded his own company "Donghua Li International Promotion GmbH".

Donghua Li is the first person to be a Chinese champion as well as a Swiss, European, world and an Olympic champion.

"He is a very strong-minded man. And our team had learned something from him," said Andreas Schweizer, a fellow Swiss gymnast.

In 2005, Donghua and Esperanza were amicably divorced. He later married Qiang Huang and had two children.

Written by Gigi Farid.

Photo by donghua-li.com

Sources: donghua-li.com - Olympic - chinadaily - news.ch - wikipedia