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British Gymnastics Names 2012 Olympic Squads
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British Gymnastics announced the 10 artistic gymnasts set to represent the host nation at the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

British Gymnastics announced the 10 artistic gymnasts set to represent the host nation at the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

Sam Oldham, Daniel Purvis, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock comprise the British men's squad that is aiming for a medal in the team final.

In a surprise move, 2009 world all-around silver medailst Daniel Keatings was left off the squad in favor of the younger Whitlock. Keatings finished third all-around and first on parallel bars at June's national championships. That means Smith, the bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics, is the only returning Olympian for the men.

"It's unbelievable to be named as part of Team GB for London. It's been such an intense time in the lead up to the announcement with such a strong squad to pick from. Now we've got to do the business at the Games, which we're all capable of It's just been a crazy four years since Beijing, for me and especially for gymnastics in this country I'm not sure anyone ever expected such rapid development and it’s such a positive thing for everyone involved in the sport. Now we have a chance to really show how far we’ve come."

Three of the five women are returning Olympians from 2008: Imogen Cairns, Beth Tweddle and Hannah Whelan, who will compete alongside Jennifer Pinches and new national champion Rebecca Tunney.

“It is of course a massive honour to be selected to Team GB for the Olympic Games," she said. "This is my third Olympics and with it being on home soil it's definitely the most special. The build-up has been totally different and you really feel the support of the whole country. Everyone knows everything about the Games this year and people are really interested in all the events and all the team members."

Three-time world champion Tweddle, 27, is Great Britain's most successful gymnast in history and is seeking her first Olympic medal, the only hardware missing from her collection.

"From Beijing to here has been a long journey. After 2008 I wasn’t even sure I would carry on, but the huge support for London and the enthusiasm of the public has really motivated me and inspired me to carry on training hard. Everything about competing in the Olympic Games is exciting, the moment you get the official letter, the kitting out, the multi-sport atmosphere, it’s all a huge honour to be a part of and I can't wait."

The artistic gymnastics begins July 28 at the 02 Arena in London.

External Link: British Gymnastics

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Martin Kracklauer said:

They left Keatings off the squad...did he at least make alternate?
July 05, 2012
Votes: +0

brian bias said:

These delegations better start being more respectful to the athletes that helped achieved their status as a gymnastics power. Keatings deserved to be on that team a hell of a lot more than Whitlock. We saw similar things happen here in the US with Chellsie Memmel at Classics and even Sacramone not being named at least an alternate to the Olympic Team. They use these athletes, chew them up and them toss them aside like velvetine rabbits. Injury aside, if you've proven yourself for 4 years you deserve that spot over someone who came out of nowhere in the last 9 months. Track records need to have a little more sway in the selection process. So you hit at the trials, other athletes have been hitting for years. Statistically, I want the the later on my team!
July 05, 2012
Votes: +3

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