Gymnastics is a sport traditionally associated with young girls. Until now.
When you hear: Chellise Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Beth Tweddle, and Oksana Chusovitina, You think ‘Talented gymnasts‘ (well, you should anyway.)
But, these women aged 24, 24, 27 and 36 are technically long past their gymnastics ‘peak’ years, but are still some of the most consistent gymnasts in the world. Although only one of them is still competing The All Around (Chellsie Memmel is a boss) Alicia, Beth, And Oksana each have their signature event
For Oksana its vault. Shes won 9 medals in World Championships between 1991 and 2011. She currently performs the handspring laid-out Rudi (which is named after her in the Code of Points) and a Tsukahara with a 1½ or a double twist. she is the only top female vaulter in the world that doesn’t preform a Yurchenko style vault. She is also the only female gymnast to compete in 5 Olympics. So, 30 years of competing, 18 international Medals and three different countrys to compete for! Oksana Chusovitina is a front runner for a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the age of 36.
Alicia Sacramone, Also A Vault Specialist (Although she is more than capable of preforming well on Floor and Beam) Alicia is the 2010 world vault champion and has won a total of 11 medals in World Championships and Olympics (She’s the most decorated American Gymnast) After tearing her Achilles in the 2011 Worlds Alicia chances of making the Olympic team are dampened. Alicia’s been competing at the Elite level for over ten years. And has a total of 17 National Medals and 8 of them are Gold
Beth Tweddle is Floor and Uneven Bars specialist and at age 27 Beth has won 16 world and European Medals, 9 of them are gold and 10 are for the uneven bars. 13 of these medals have been won in her twenties. Beth is also the favorite to win gold in the London Olympics. She’s more than 10 years older than her biggest threat, Viktoria Komova.
Some of the strongest and most successful gymnasts in this generation are in their twenties, also including Shawn Johnson, Jade Barbosa, Vanessa Ferrari and Bridget Sloan.
This just proves that no matter what age you are, if you have the fight and determination it takes, you can be a successful gymnast.