Dianne Durham, first Black US women’s gymnastics champion, dies

Dianne Durham, the first Black woman to win a United States Gymnastics national championship, has died, aged 52. Durham made history in 1983 when she won the all-around event at the US national championships, becoming the first Black woman to win an event in the process. Durham, who was known for her

Canadian trampolinist Jason Burnett announces retirement

Trampolinist Jason Burnett of Canada

Olympic medallist and world record holder Jason Burnett is retiring from competitive trampolining, he has announced. The Canadian wrote on social media: “I would like to officially announce my retirement from competitive trampoline. “Trampoline has been my FAVORITE thing since I discovered the sport at age 10 and I am grateful that

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler joins the TV show Dancing on Ice

Former Great Britian gymnast Amy Tinkler

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler has joined the UK reality show Dancing on Ice. The 21-year-old gymnast from Great Britain replaces Denise van Outen on this year's series after the TV presenter withdrew from the competition after a "nasty fall" on the ice. Tinkler, who retired from gymnastics last year, is partnered

More FIG World Cups and World Championships cancelled or postponed

Trampolinist

The ongoing Covid pandemic has led to more World Cup and World Championships competitions being cancelled or postponed, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced. In addition to the previously announced events, the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, has been pushed back by one week. The 35th World Championships in

Olympic medallist and Commonwealth champion Nile Wilson announces retirement

Nile Wilson

Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson has announced his retirement from gymnastics. In an emotional post on his Instagram account, Wilson said: "Today I hang up my hand guards and retire from the professional sport of gymnastics." "Gymnastics, you are the best sport in the world! You are my first love, my addiction,

FIG postpones or cancels World Cups due to Covid pandemic

Trampolinist

Several World Cup events have been postponed due to the Covid pandemic, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has announced. In trampoline, the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was scheduled to take place on February 13-14, has been cancelled. The artistic gymnastics Apparatus World Cup, which was due to be held in

Seasons greetings and happy holidays from all at Acrobatic Sports

2020 has been a year to remember, but also one to forget. We were forced to adapt to new realities in our gyms and communities. We revised our lives and learned new, innovative ways to interact with each other. In these unprecedented times, it’s hard to imagine what life will look like

Swedish gymnastics to allow teenagers to decide which gender category to compete in

Young Swedish gymnasts will be allowed to compete in whatever class they choose, following a decision by the Swedish Gymnastics Federation. The decision was made following a “deep-dive into the issue around gender identity and gender expression from an LGBTQI, and particularly trans-inclusive, perspective”, the federation said. This ruling means that a

Kitakyushu, Japan to host 2021 gymnastics world championships

Kitakyushu General Gymnasium

The 2021 artistic and rhythmic gymnastics world championships will be hosted in Kitakyushu, Japan, the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) announced. It will be the first time in FIG history that a city has hosted both the artistic and rhythmic gymnastics world championships in the same year. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

Team Solidarity win four-way international gymnastics event

Nikita Nagornyy and Kohei Uchimura

Team Solidarity was named the winners of Friendship and Solidarity competition at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. The mixed-team event featured gymnasts from Japan, Russia, China and the United States. Team Solidarity triumphed after scoring 423,600 points, with Team Friendship finishing on 421,300. The winning team included the two-time Olympic all-around champion