Downie Up for Return to Olympic Stage
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Recently crowned European uneven bars champion Becky Downie of Great Britain told IG she has the power and potential to score even higher at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

At the European Championships earlier this month in Bern, Switzerland, Downie took gold on uneven bars with a score of 15.500 points. Second with 15.466 was Russia’s Daria Spiridonova, who was one of four gymnasts to share gold on the apparatus at the 2015 World Championships. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, the 2012 Olympic champion on uneven bars, finished third with 15.100

“I think there is a lot of room for improvement,” said Downie, whose 6.9 D-score was the highest in the final. “This didn't feel like one of my best routines but I was very happy to get through it at a major event. I can improve the flight of my Tkatchevs, my Shang felt particularly close in this routine, and definitely I can improve my handstands and dismount landing.”

Downie, who finished 12th all-around at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, is hopeful that she will be selected for the British team heading to Rio. Among her rivals for a spot on the team is her younger sister, Ellie Downie, who placed second on vault and second on floor exercise in Bern.

Should 24-year-old Becky be named to the British Olympic team when it is announced on July 12, she aims to make the most of her return to the Games.

“Firstly it would be such a huge accomplishment to just be selected to compete in Rio,” she told IG. “If I am selected I think the dream would be to just produce the quality routines I know I'm capable of on that stage. If I can do that, I can walk away knowing I gave it my all and have no regrets.”

Read coverage of the 2016 European Championships in the June issue of International Gymnast magazine; “A Sorority of Success,” a dual interview with the Downie sisters, in the June 2014 issue; and “Soldiering On,” a profile on Spiridonova, in the May 2016 issue.

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of British gymnasts includes:

Coach Barry Collie interview (July/August 2014)

“A Sorority of Success” - Becky Downie/Ellie Downie interviews (June 2014)

“Britain’s New Bombshell” - Claudia Fragapane interview (December 2014)

"European Brilliance" - Ruby Harrold interview (September 2013)

Lisa Mason interview (May 2015)

“Mounting His Challenge” - Louis Smith interview (March 2016)

“Britain’s Best” - Amy Tinkler/Catherine Lyons interviews (June 2015)

"Lord Max" - Max Whitlock interview (June 2013)

Becky Downie, Whitlock, Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan on cover (June 2014)

“Branching Out” - Rebecca Tunney profile (May 2014)

To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

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