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Review: Superstars of Gymnastics at the O2 Arena – 23 March 2019

Photo – Jamie McPhilimey/Matchroom Multi Sport

Gymnastics has enjoyed a massive growth in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics and British gymnastic success in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Therefore it was not surprising that large crowds made their way to the O2 Arena for the Superstars of Gymnastics event.

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Two of the major attractions of the event was the American superstar Simone Biles and British Olympic hero Max Whitlock. They were joined by Rio gold medalist Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ellie Black of Canada, double Olympic silver medallist Marcel Nguyen, three-time World Champion Oksana Chusovitine, four-time World Cup medallist Elisabeth Seitz, six-time Dutch national champion Casimir Schmidt and Jamaican international Danusia Francis.

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British favourites, James Hall, Danny Purvis, Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch, Sam Oldham, Jay Thompson and Halle Hilton were also among the competitors.

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Unlike the usual gymnastic events, Superstars of Gymnastics includes a series of innovations that increases the excitement for the gymnasts and the audience. Routines will be judged by the all-star panel, who will also provide feedback. Each apparatus will have its own leaderboard with a winner per piece to be determined by the highest combined score. Athletes will have the freedom to devise and perform their own routines and judges will score out of 10 based on flair, creative choreography, execution and engagement with the live crowd at The O2.

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To get the event started, Simone Biles showed her considerable skills on the floor. Biles is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time with a remarkable total of twenty five Olympic and World Championship medals. Although only 22, Biles has recently said that the Tokyo 2020 will be her final Olympics and the huge ovation by the O2 crowd when she entered the arena was testament of the high esteem she is held in the world of sport and beyond.

Photo – Jamie McPhilimey/Matchroom Multi Sport

Biles and Whitlock were not competing with other gymnasts but put on special performances in the afternoon and evening sessions before joining Amy Tinkler and Laurent Landi on the judging panel.

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Away from the pressures of high level competition, the gymnasts soon entered the spirit of the event and enjoyed the freedom to perform anything they want to enthuse the crowd.

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The combination of legends and upcoming gymnasts provided a great blend of experience and youthful exuberance, both enjoyed by loud and knowledgeable crowd.

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The crowd was treated to some unusual dancing on the top of the parallel bars and Danusia Francis provided a remarkable display above and below the beam.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The Superstars of Gymnastics showcases the stars of the sport in a fun and innovative way, the large number of young people in the audience were encouraged to sing, dance and interact with the gymnasts. This created an enjoyable atmosphere where the gymnasts tried a few unorthodox moves which delighted the audience.  With many sports struggling to attract a young audience, gymnastics seem to have found a winning formula with serious competitions and fun events like Superstars of Gymnastics.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For  more information , visit the Event website here

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