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

Pat Henderson, a former FIG trampoline technical committee member, passes away

Patricia Henderson, a former FIG trampoline technical committee member, passed away on 19 October 2018 following a long battle with cancer. An inspirational and selfless woman, “Pat” travelled the world to share her lifelong passion for gymnastics and all things acrobatic, from trampoline and tumbling to snow sports, gymnastics to performance

Simone Biles competes through ‘Doha Pearl’ kidney stone to top rankings at world championships

Simone Biles

Simone Biles spent a portion of the night before her return to world championships in the hospital. The sensation she chalked up to the usual pre-meet stress evolved into searing agony that at times left her crawling on the floor. When a CT scan revealed a kidney stone — one she

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

Italy’s Giorgia Villa has the nerve to take all-around gold at Youth Olympic Games

Giorgia Villa of Italy performs on the vault

Fifteen-year-old wins her nation’s first YOG title in the event after battling nerves Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa and her coach Marco Campodonico had their own competition going on: who was the most nervous. Just minutes before Villa was to perform her floor exercise, her last routine in a nail-biting all-around final competition,