SMITH Louis
Great Britain
GBR
Title
Mr
Lastname
SMITH
Firstname
Louis
Gender
male
Country
Great Britain
Place of birth
Peterborough
Year of birth
1989 (30 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Lou-bear (Twitter profile, 05 Apr 2016)
Occupation
Athlete
Spoken languages
English
Club
Huntingdon Gymnastics Club [England]
Coach
Paul Hall [club]; Eddie van Hoof [national] (huntingdon-gymnastics.org, 11 Apr 2016; theguardian.com, 21 Oct 2015)
International senior debut
2006 for Great Britain (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011)
Injuries
In March 2012 he fractured a finger in his right hand on the high bar, resulting in four weeks off. (dailymail.co.uk, 28 Mar 2012)

In 2010 he broke his thumb in the lead-up to the European Team Championships. (louis-smith-official.com, 23 Dec 2011)
Start sporting career
He took up gymnastics at age four in Peterborough, England. (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011; peterboroughtoday.co.uk, 30 July 2012)
Reason for taking up the sport
His older brother started doing gymnastics and he followed him into the sport. His mother also thought it was a good way for him to burn off energy and learn discipline after he discovered at age seven that he had ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder]. She initially took him to try several different sports, but he liked gymnastics the most. "Gymnastics taught me discipline and respect and overall, I didn't get into too much trouble." (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011; Mirror.co.uk, 08 Aug 2013; idolmag.co.uk, 12 Aug 2012; mirror.co.uk, 08 Aug 2013)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning one silver and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (british-gymnastics.org, 07 Jan 2014)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 12 Oct 2011)
Additional information
Awards
He received an honorary doctorate in health sciences from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013 for his contributions to British sport. (louissmith.com, 26 Sept. 2013)

He was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2012 New Year's Honours list in recognition of his sporting achievements. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Jan 2014)

He was one of the recipients of the British Olympic Association's [BOA] Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy in 2007. (british-gymnastics.org, 29 Jan 2008)

General
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
He retired from the sport after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He participated in the 2012 BBC series 'Strictly Come Dancing' and also worked as a commentator during his absence. He announced his return to gymnastics in January 2014. "I loved commentating at the world championships in October [2013], however there was a large part of me that felt I should be competing. I know what I'm still capable of when I'm in peak condition. I believe I can very much compete amongst the best in the world and challenge for medals. I can go to the Commonwealth Games knowing that whatever happens, I will have achieved everything I ever dreamt of in gymnastics" (british-gymnastics.org, 07 Jan 2014, bbc.co.uk, 07 Jan 2014)

ENDING THE DROUGHT
He became the first British gymnast since 1908 to win an individual Olympic medal when he won bronze on pommel horse at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 09 Jan 2012)

MEMOIR
In 2013 he published an illustrated memoir, 'Louis: My Story So Far'. (expressandstar.com, 16 July 2014)

Last update : 2016-09-23

Olympic Games

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
83
Score Qualif.
15.700 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.833
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.700
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
269.752
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
268.670

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
16.066
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
64
Score Qualif.
13.033
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
271.711
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
272.420

2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad BEIJING (CHN)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.725
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Test Events Olympic Games

2012 - XXX Olympic Games - Test Events LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
98
Score Final
15.133 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.700
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.133
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
358.227
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Championships

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
259
Score Qualif.
27.433 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
16.033
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.533
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
219
Score Qualif.
11.900
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
270.345
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
354.417

2011 - 43rd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
255
Score Qualif.
15.600 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.066
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.600
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
348.742

2010 - 42nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ROTTERDAM (NED)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
282
Score Qualif.
29.566 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.733
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.300
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
74
Score Qualif.
14.266
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
261.103
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
357.033

2009 - 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
180
Score Qualif.
15.900 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.450
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.900

2007 - 40th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.600
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World / Challenge Cup

2016 - 40th TURNIER DER MEISTER World Challenge Cup 2016 COTTBUS (GER)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.100
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.350

2015 - World Challenge Cup 2015 OSIJEK (CRO)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.550
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.500
Continental Championships

2016 - 32nd European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
132
Score Qualif.
15.833 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.733
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.833
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
268.427
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
267.020

2015 - 6th European Individual Championships 2015 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
126
Score Qualif.
15.800 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.800
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800

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