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Turning Senior: Ellie Downie of Great Britain

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni Elissa Downie, also known as Ellie Downie, was born on the 20th of July in 1999 in Nottingham, England. She is...

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Elissa Downie, also known as Ellie Downie, was born on the 20th of July in 1999 in Nottingham, England. She is the younger sister of Rebecca Downie who is the reigning European uneven bars champion and a 2008 Olympian and 2012 Olympic reserve. Her best event is vault.

She made her international debut in 2013 at the WOGA classic.

Downie rose to prominence when she competed last year at the European junior championships where she won gold on vault, silver with her team and bronze in the all around. That success was followed by another at the second Youth Olympic games in Nanjing. There, she won four medals, a silver on vault and a bronze in the all around, on balance beam and floor exercise.

Downie was the most decorated female gymnast at the games.

The British gymnast performs skills with high level of difficulty. She is one of the most promising young gymnasts in Great Britain and is expected to achieve success in her senior year.

On vault, Downie performs a double twisting Yurchenko (5.8) and a round off half on half out in piked position (5.2). She has a nice height and form on her first vault. We see an Amanar!

On uneven bars, she does a tkatchev release (D) and a stuck double layout dismount (D). Her performance on bars is considered mediocre.

On balance beam, she does a difficult Arabian acro (F), a double turn with leg below horizontal (D), front tuck (D), side somi (D), switch leap with half turn (D) and two and a half twisting layout dismount (D). Execution wise, she is inconsistent.

She also does a double arabian dismount which carries the highest difficulty in beam dismounts. She sticks it in the video below.


On floor exercise, she does a double layout (F) and double tucked arabian (E).


She as well competes difficult double piked arabian (F).

She has good height on her tumbling pass but lacks artistry, choreography and control over her landing.

courtesy of Ellie Downie

Bottom of line: Ellie has huge potential. With a CoP that hugely favors difficulty, she can find success. She is a powerful gymnast and easily capable of performing difficult skills, yes more difficult than what she has performed. However, she needs to work on her execution, landing, consistency and choreography.

There is no doubt that Downie will shine among the British gymnasts. She is qualified to win individual medals at European championships. Although it is not certain that she can win a medal at Worlds, it won't be a surprise if she did so.

Downie is one to watch this year and hopefully, she will demonstrate improvements.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid.

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