Mother Russian: new mum Aliya Mustafina leads Russia at world championships

Aliya Mustafina

Aliya Mustafina understands she didn't have to come back. Nobody would have blamed the Russian star gymnast for calling it a career after the birth of her child Alisa in the spring of 2017. The demands of pregnancy and motherhood typically don't play nice with the demands of being a world-class

Still flipping at 43: Oksana Chusovitina aims for 8th Olympics

Oksana Chusovitina

Oksana Chusovitina is not sure how many gymnastics world championships she’s competed in. When you talk to her, this comes as no surprise. The 43-year-old from Uzbekistan isn’t into numbers, particularly the one that defines her age. She understands her longevity and her success – a gold and silver medal from

Simone Biles is ‘ready to soar at world championships’

US gymnast Simone Biles

Simone Biles wants to get this out of the way first. She didn't return to gymnastics to appease anyone. Not her sponsors. Not her family. And not the organisation she represents. This "comeback" - a word the Olympic champion isn't really a fan of - is about curiosity and self-respect. To

Dominick Cunningham hopes to keep momentum at world championships

Dominick Cunningham

Dominick Cunningham fought his way up from the fringes of the Great Britain gymnastics team to win an unexpected men's floor gold medal at the European Championships in Glasgow. Now the Birmingham 23-year-old is determined to continue his promising trajectory at his first World Championships in Doha, and make the rest

Max Whitlock: I take it as a compliment that people think I’ve failed this year

Great Britain gymnast Max Whitlock

While Max Whitlock was labouring to a second consecutive disappointment at the European Championships in Glasgow, Simone Biles swept all before her on a spectacular and poignant return at the US Nationals. They could hardly have experienced a more contrasting year to date, but two of the sport's modern greats are

Ellie Downie ready for long-awaited return at world championships

Ellie Downie

Gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci looked on admiringly 18 months ago as the then 17-year-old Ellie Downie became the first British gymnast to claim a European all-around gold medal in Cluj. Downie's ascent was as emphatic as it had been unexpected, and ended in one of the sport's all-time greats backing her

Olympic champion Simone Biles: ‘It was important to speak out and help any way I can’

US gymnast Simone Biles

Simone Biles will not be clad in a teal leotard when she makes her World Gymnastics Championships return in Qatar, but all those afflicted by the sport's sexual abuse scandal will not stray from her mind. Biles, who has revealed she was among the victims of the former USA Gymnastics team

Max Whitlock sets sights on third world title in Qatar

Max Whitlock

Max Whitlock intends to take baby-steps back to the top of his sport as he aims to reverse a series of disappointing results at the World Gymnastics Championships later this month. Whitlock announced in September that his wife Leah is expecting their first child in February, by which time the 25-year-old

‘Old man’ Sam Mikulak goes for 5th US gymnastics title

US gymnast Sam Mikulak

If Sam Mikulak didn't already get the message from the twinge in his back during a dismount last week, he could certainly figure it out from looking around the field at the US gymnastics championships. "I definitely feel like I'm getting older," the four-time American champion said after practice at the