On this day in 2013, British great Beth Tweddle announces her retirement from gymnastics


Beth Tweddle announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics on this day in 2013.

Tweddle announced her decision exactly one year to the day after winning Olympic bronze on the uneven bars and nine years after making her game debut as a 19-year-old in Athens 2004.

With three world gold medals and six European titles, she is considered one of the most successful gymnasts in Great Britain.

Speculation about Tweddle’s retirement arose when she turned down an opportunity to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics, eventually announcing her decision a year before the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Glasgow.

Britain’s Beth Tweddle celebrates her bronze medal after the Women’s Uneven Bars Final in London 2012 (Anthony Devlin/PA)

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The then 28-year-old followed several Olympians who retired after the London Games, including cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, and swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

Tweddle said: “After the Olympics I’ve had a lot of projects and lately I’ve had a little more time to go back to the gym and decide if I can focus 100 per cent on that.

“I now know deep down that I cannot commit to the hours and training to stay at the top.

“I don’t think my accomplishments will ever really matter, but looking back I can be very proud of what I’ve done and how I’ve done it.” On this day in 2013, British great Beth Tweddle announces her retirement from gymnastics

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