DOWNIE Elissa
Great Britain
GBR
Title
Ms
Lastname
DOWNIE
Firstname
Elissa
Gender
female
Country
Great Britain
Place of birth
Nottingham
Year of birth
1999 (20 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Ellie, The Double Downies [in reference to Elissa and her sister Rebbecca]. (Instagram profile, 11 Oct 2018; theguardian.com, 25 Apr 2015)
Hobbies
Shopping, spending time with friends. (kveo.com, 29 Jul 2016)
Occupation
Athlete
Spoken languages
English
Club
Notts Gymnastics Academy [Great Britain]
Coach
Jo Miller [club], ENG (birminghammail.co.uk, 25 Jul 2018; nottinghampost.com, 17 Dec 2017)
Sporting relatives
Her older sister Rebecca has represented Great Britain in artistic gymnastics. She won gold on uneven bars at the 2016 European Championships in Bern, Switzerland. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Oct 2018; bbc.co.uk, 05 Jun 2016)
International senior debut
2015 for Great Britain, European Championships in Montpellier, France (british-gymnastics.org, 15 Apr 2015)
Injuries
An ankle injury ruled her out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. She had surgery in April 2018 and returned to senior competition in September 2018. (Instagram profile, 04 Oct 2018; Twitter profile, 17 Apr 2018; intlgymnast.com, 10 Mar 2018, 02 Mar 2018)

She had ankle surgery in July 2017 and missed the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (bbc.co.uk, 01 Aug 2017)

In 2016 she fell on her neck and head during her floor routine in the team event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was escorted out of the arena in a wheelchair but returned to competition to qualify for the all-around final. (dailystar.co.uk, 08 Aug 2017; express.co.uk, 11 Aug 2016; kget.com, 08 Aug 2016)

She underwent ankle surgery in the late part of 2014. (heraldscotland.com, 18 Jul 2015)
Start sporting career
She took up gymnastics at age three. (coruba.co.uk, 31 Aug 2017; heraldscotland.com, 18 Jul 2015)
Reason for taking up the sport
She was enrolled in gymnastics classes to keep her entertained while her older sister Rebecca was practising. (heraldscotland.com, 18 Jul 2015)
Milestones
She became the first British artistic gymnast, male or female, to win the all-around European title when she claimed victory at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj Napoca, Romania. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Oct 2018; sportbirmingham.org, 30 Jan 2018)

She was a member of the first British female artistic gymnastics team to win a medal at a world championships, claiming team bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (doubledownies.com, 20 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (nottinghampost.com, 30 Jan 2018; coruba.co.uk, 31 Aug 2017; doubledownies.com, 20 Jul 2017)
Trainings
She train for between five and six hours a day, focusing on strength work, conditioning, fitness, cardio, gymnastics and flexibility. She allocates Thursday as a rest day. (british-gymnastics.org, 09 Aug 2019; theguardian.com, 23 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US gymnast Aly Raisman, British gymnast [and her sister] Rebecca Downie. (Instagram profile, 11 Oct 2018; kveo.com, 29 Jul 2016)
Rituals
She listens to music ahead of competitions. (kveo.com, 29 Jul 2016)
Philosophy / Motto
"I go into every competition just aiming to do my best, and then wherever I end up, I end up." (eurosport.com, 02 Jun 2017)
Awards
She was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2018 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. (bbc.co.uk, 24 Mar 2018)

She was named the 2017 Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year. (british-gymnastics.org, 27 Oct 2017; doubledownies.com, 01 Jan 2017)

In 2015 she was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. (bbc.co.uk, 20 Dec 2015)

In 2014 she was named Young Athlete of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards in England. (hucknalldispatch.co.uk, 24 Jan 2014)
Additional information
General
INJURY RETURN
She required ankle surgery in April 2018 and was unable to compete for five months. However, it was not until the 2019 British Championship in Liverpool, England, that she felt back to her best. "Through my injury, it was a very hard and quite a sad time. No one likes to be injured and it just kept coming and coming. I never felt like I was going to get back to what I was, but the start of this year [2019] I feel like I am back where I want to be and can progress from that. It is great to be back in the mix, going to competitions with the girls again and being part of the team again." (dorsetecho.co.uk, 28 Jul 2019; theguardian.com, 23 Mar 2019)

FAMILY AFFAIR
Her sister Rebecca Downie is also a member of the Great Britain artistic gymnastics team. "Our strengths in gymnastics are different. She's a bars and beam worker and I'm an all-rounder and a vaulter. We are never really fighting with each other for a space on a team so we get to do lots of things together." (themixedzone.co.uk, 25 Oct 2017)

DOUBLE DOWNIE
She has co-founded a line of leotards and runs gymnastics experience days with her sister Rebecca. "I've always loved fashion and design. The leotards stuff is so much fun." (Instagram team profile, 11 Oct 2018; Instagram profile, 11 Oct 2018)

Last update : 2019-09-18

Olympic Games

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

All-Around
Rank Final
13
Score Final
56.883 
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
56.466 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
14.683
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
14.633
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
14.500
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
72
Score Qualif.
12.500
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
174.362
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
174.064
Youth Olympic Games

2014 - Youth Olympic Games of the II Olympiad NANJING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
54.150 
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
53.500 
Vault
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.566
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.525
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
11.600
Balance Beam
Rank Final
3
Score Final
13.500
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.500
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
3
Score Final
13.466
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.500
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
38
Score Qualif.
51.931 
Vault
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.816
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.783
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
81
Score Qualif.
12.666
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
46
Score Qualif.
12.366
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
76
Score Qualif.
12.433
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
161.495
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
161.963

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
11
Score Final
54.233 
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
53.532 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
13.466
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
59
Score Qualif.
12.500
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
13.200
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
160.964

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

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
55.565 
Vault
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.899
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.949
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
116
Score Qualif.
12.133
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
13.966
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
6
Score Final
14.733
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
14.400
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
172.380
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
227.162
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
12.200
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.300
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
13.500

2019 - FIG All-Around World Cup 2019 BIRMINGHAM (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
49.333 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.100
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.000
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
11.450

2016 - World Challenge Cup 2016 OSIJEK (CRO)

Vault
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.850
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.600
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.675
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.000
Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.950
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.350
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.525
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.350
Continental Championships

2019 - 8th European Men's and Women's Individual Championships SZCZECIN (POL)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
55.365 
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
53.965 
Vault
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.316
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.366
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
13.833
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
12.966
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
12.700

2017 - 7th European Individual Championships 2017 CLUJ NAPOCA (ROU)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
55.765 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
56.198 
Vault
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.350
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.433
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.133
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
14.266
Balance Beam
Rank Final
4
Score Final
13.433
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
13.466
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.066
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.900

2016 - 31st European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
75
Score Qualif.
29.299 
Vault
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.933
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.866
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.566
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.266
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
170.312
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
173.363

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

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
56.623 
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
56.190 
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.516
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.549
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.100
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
13.966
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
13.891
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
13.400

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