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Sport Gymnastics- Power of two: Twins excel on Olympic stage

08:38  21 july  2021
08:38  21 july  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Piers Morgan and Simone Biles: what did presenter say about US Olympics gymnastics star - and did she respond?

  Piers Morgan and Simone Biles: what did presenter say about US Olympics gymnastics star - and did she respond? Ms Biles, who is the most successful US gymnast of all time, decided to pull out of the women’s team final at Tokyo 2020 for mental health reasons after struggling on her opening vault © Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from Olympic gymnastics events appeared to provoke former Good Mo... Piers Morgan has caused controversy once again after criticising US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles for withdrawing from the women’s team final.Mr Morgan said it was a “joke” that Ms Biles, who is the most successful US gymnast of all time, had decided to pull out of Tuesday’s (27 July) event for mental health reasons.

2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Victory Ceremony - Women's Balance Beam Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 15/08/2016. Sanne Wevers (NED) of Netherlands celebrates winning the gold with her twin sister, Lieke Wevers (R). REUTERS/Mike Blake. The probability of being a twin in the global population is about 2 %, but there are three sets of twins among the 12 four-athlete teams qualified for the women's artistic event. The postponed Tokyo 2020 Games will be the second Olympics for 29-year-old Sanne and Lieke Wevers of the Netherlands.

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a smiling man and woman posing for a picture: FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Women's Balance Beam Victory Ceremony © Reuters/Mike Blake FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Women's Balance Beam Victory Ceremony

(Reuters) - With the Tokyo squads smaller than in prior Games, it is harder than ever to make it onto an Olympic gymnastics team.

Having a built-in "best friend" in the sport appears to offer a special competitive edge.

The probability of being a twin in the global population is about 2%, but there are three sets of twins among the 12 four-athlete teams qualified for the women's artistic event.

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Games will be the second Olympics for 29-year-old Sanne and Lieke Wevers of the Netherlands.

EXPLAINER: How Biles' withdrawals impact US gymnastics team

  EXPLAINER: How Biles' withdrawals impact US gymnastics team TOKYO (AP) — American gymnast Simone Biles' decision to withdraw from two marquee Olympic competitions to focus on her mental well-being changes the landscape somewhat dramatically for the U.S. gymnastics team in coming days. Here's a look at what that might mean, with the understanding that the situation is still fluid. WHAT HAPPENED: After pulling out of the women's team finals after the vault rotation on Tuesday night, saying she felt she wasn't in the right “headspace," Biles on Wednesday withdrew from Thursday’s all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being.

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Twins qualifying for a four-person Olympic team is remarkable in itself but their staggered arrivals have been particularly memorable. Jennifer first broke away with a statement debut at the American Cup in 2020, recording the highest score in three of the four events. Jessica was a force at the European An alternate athlete on the USA women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan four days before the opening ceremony. The positive test had been announced by the city of Inzai, where the US women were training in leadup to the Games, and then confirmed by USA Gymnastics , who

Sanne is the reigning Olympic balance beam champion, beating out U.S. favourites Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez in Rio in 2016 with her unique composition of difficult spins and dance moves.


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To qualify for the Olympics is a feat all on its own, but to actually win a medal—or in the case of the following Olympians, multiple medals—is an accomplishment very few athletes can lay claim to.

A last-minute hug from her sister moments before the final is among Sanne's fondest memories of that day.

"When you have your best buddy with you at the moment you need her the most, that really helped me losing some nerves," she said in a video posted to her YouTube channel a year after her victory.

Asia and Alice D'Amato, 18, will represent Italy after being part of the bronze-medal team at the 2019 World Championships, their country's first world medal in the team event since 1950.

The youngest twin artistic gymnasts at these Games at just 16 are Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova of Britain. Jessica, who took home floor exercise gold at this year's European Championships, has been training with her sister for a decade.

Olympics Games reveal strain on body AND soul of life in the sporting spotlight

  Olympics Games reveal strain on body AND soul of life in the sporting spotlight If you do what Simone Biles does, if you take the awe-inspiring risks that she takes, you really have to believe that you can pull them off. © Associated Press Simone Biles dropped out of the gymnastics event on Tuesday for 'medical reasons' Pic: AP In short, she stopped believing in herself and didn't want to harm herself or her team's chances of doing well.At the start of the week she posted on Instagram: "I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but damn sometimes it's hard."I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times.

Prior to 1981, the minimum required age to compete in senior events sanctioned by the FIG was 14. The earliest champions in women's gymnastics tended to be in their 20s; most had studied ballet for years before entering the sport.

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"It's like having a best friend with you 24/7," she told British Gymnastics last week. Both sisters cite defending world and Olympic all-around champion Biles as their idol.

The twin theme even extends to rhythmic gymnastics, where Russians Dina and Arina Averina are favourites for the podium. The 22-year-olds, who have 27 world championship medals between them, say their differing personalities help each other excel.

"There has never been any competition between us. Quite the opposite: we support each other," the twins said in 2019. "If one doesn't succeed, then it is up to the other to hold up the Russian flag."

Twins in Olympic gymnastics are less common than the Tokyo Games might suggest, but among the most memorable pairs are Americans Paul and Morgan Hamm. Paul won the all-around in Athens in 2004, and both the brothers' efforts secured a team silver for the United States.

(Editing by Karishma Singh)

Watch adorable moment Max Whitlock's daughter Willow wishes him luck in Olympics .
Watch adorable moment Max Whitlock's daughter Willow wishes him luck in OlympicsThe five-time Olympic medallist, 28, started the defence of his titles in the men’s qualification round at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre at the Games in Tokyo.

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