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Italian gymnast Catherine Cereghetti is training a full twisting layout in combination on balance beam.

The skill is rated a G, the highest difficulty rating. By adding two back handsprings, she will receive 0.1 for connection bonus and 0.1 for series bonus.

Cereghetti, who was born in 2001, turned senior this year but she did not make the European or Worlds Italian teams.

At this year's Italian championships, she finished in 13th and last place in the all around.

Written by Gigi Farid

"I made history but no one knows me" writes Spanish gymnast Patricia Moreno in her Instagram and Twitter bio.

This beautiful former athlete, whom everybody should know, is one of the best gymnasts Spain has ever produced.

Moreno was born in 1988 and at the 2003 World championships, which was her first ever major international event at senior level, she helped her team finish in fifth place in the final. By qualifying to the pre Olympic Worlds team final, the Spanish team secured a trip to the Olympics in Athens.

This was the last time Spain sent a full team in women's artistic gymnastics to the Olympics. At 2008 Beijing, they were represented by Laura Campos and At 2012 London Olympics, they had no representative individually or team wise.

In Rio, Spain made an appearance after 8 years of Olympic absence when Ana Perez earned an individual spot through test events. There, Perez finished thirty-sixth in the preliminary phase of the competition.

Moreno was named to the 2004 Olympic team where they finished in fifth place. At that time, all the eyes were on her teammate Elena Gomez who became the first Spanish female artistic gymnast to win a World title two years earlier. The gold came on floor exercise.

Gomez continued her success the following year by winning bronze on the same event at Worlds.

The World champion was a strong contender on floor in Athens but finished in 10th place in the qualification thus missing out on final spot.

Moreno, the then little unknown gymnast, debuted the difficult three and half twisting back layout which now bears her name in the CoP and is rated an F.

She went on to perform a solid routine in floor exercise final which earned her Spain's first Olympic medal in women's artistic gymnastics. She claimed bronze behind Romanian champions Catalina Ponor and Daniela Șofronie.

The Olympic medalist continued competing after Athens. She was part of the 2006 World Spanish team who finished in 8th place in the final.

This was the last time for Spain to qualify to the team final at a World championships. 

A knee injury forced her to retire in 2008. She now works as a coach in her home country.

Moreno's achievement: 

First female artistic Spanish gymnast to win an Olympic medal.
Originator of the super difficult triple twist and half back layout that carries an F rating.
Member of the last Spanish Olympic team in women's artistic gymnastics.
Member of the last Spanish World team finalist in women's artistic gymnastics.

Moreno has only 1,198 followers on Instagram and 965 followers on Twitter. Heck she deserves more than that.

She blossomed into an absolutely gorgeous woman and often writes  positive and uplifting captions.

She also shares lots of gymnastics content.

Make sure to follow her.

Written by Gigi Farid 

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British gymnast Ellie Downie is training a new difficult tumbling pass.

The 18 year old gymnast is training a forward double pike. The skill is named after US gymnast Brenna Dowell which she competed at 2015 World championships.

It is rated an F.

Ellie does three tumbling passe; double double tuck (H), 1.5 twist (C) to double tucked Arabian (E) and double back pike (D).

Downie, who became the first male or female British gymnast to win an all around gold medal at a European championship this year, did not compete at the World championships due to undergoing an ankle surgery last July.

The Rio Olympian injured her ankle in March but worked through the injury to compete at the European champions. Beside her all around gold, she won silver on vault and floor, a bronze on the uneven bars.

Downie has previously said that she has her eyes set on the upcoming Commonwealth Games which will be held in April 2018.

Written by Gigi Farid

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French gymnast Marine Boyer uploaded a video of herself training a not yet in CoP bars release on Instagram.

Boyer, who won a silver medal on balance beam at 2016 European championships, is shown training a pike Jaeger with half turn which she connects to swing backward release with half turn to catch low bar transition (D).

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Previously the piked Jaeger was rated a D but was upgraded to an E in the 2017-2020 CoP. The release with the half turn will most likely receive an F rating.

In order for the skill to enter the CoP and bear the gymnast's name, senior gymnasts have to submit and successfully perform it at World championships or the Olympic Games, while junior gymnasts can perform theirs at Youth Olympics.

But the 17 year old gymnast is the not the first to compete the skill as Olympic gold medalist Liu Xuan of China has competed it back in 2000. Since she had never competed it at Worlds or Olympic Games, the skill does not exist in the CoP.

The straddled version of skill, rated an E, was most famously competed by 2008 Olympic bars medalist He Kexin of China.  The release was named after Li Ya of China in 2006. However, it is widely believed that US Theresa Kulikowski was the first to perform it.

Boyer competed at 2016 Olympic Games where she finished in fourth on balance beam. In 2017, she finished in 16 place in the all around and seventh place on balance beam at European championships and in 21 place in the all around at World championships.

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Rebeca Andrade has undergone surgery on her injured right knee.

The Brazilian gymnast has torn her ACL, for the second time in the same knee, during training at the World championships which was held in Montreal this month.

It has not been announced yet how much time is needed for the 18 year old gymnast to recover. However, rehabilitation process generally can take up to six months or more.

The 2016 Olympian first tore her ACL in 2015 which took her out of 2015 season.

Andrade was one the favorites to shine in Montreal. She was one of several gymnasts who got injured there.

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Great Britain Catherine Lyons has joined MeToo Campaign where women share their sexual assault experience.

The British gymnast, who is best known for winning the gold medal on floor exercise at 2014 Junior European championships, tweeted the hashtage MeToo without giving details.

Lyons becomes the third gymnast who took part in the campaign after Olympic gold medalists Mckayla Maroney of USA and Tatiana Gutsu of Soviet Union.

Catherine turned senior in 2016. Despite being a promising gymnast, she dealt with lots of injuries which hindered her career. Her last competition was in 2015.

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Nina Derwael, who made history for Belgium in Montreal, has revealed how tall she is.

The Belgian gymnast stands at a mind blowing 5'5 ft (169 cm). Her height is considered unusual in the sport of artistic gymnastics.

Derwael said that her height has its advantages and disadvantages. 

As a tall gymnast on the uneven bars, she is more likely to hit the bar with her feet which is half a point deduction. However, it makes gymnastics more elegant to watch. 

She also added that her height makes it easy for her to swing from one bar to another.

Olympic floor and vault champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania and legendary Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina are both between 5'4 and 5'6 ft.

American born Belorussian gymnast Kylie Dickson is 5'6 ft.  Germany's Marie-Sophie Hindermann is the tallest gymnast that has ever competed at the Olympics, she stands at 5'9 ft.

In Montreal, Derwael became the first Belgian gymnast to qualify to a Worlds event final and win a medal at a World championships when she won a bronze on the uneven bars.

Earlier that year, Derawel won Belgium's first European gold medal, which was on the uneven bars.

 Written by Gigi Farid

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