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Louis Smith

Gymnast

                      

   

What advice do you have for an aspiring gymnast?

Work hard to achieve the goals you set for yourself, be prepared to make sacrifices, but most importantly, have fun!
 

 

What is your favorite part about being a gymnast?

I love the diversity of it. Gymnastics has so many different elements which is one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much ahead of any other sport. There’s so much going on that I’m never bored! I love my sport, so to be able to do a job I love, and not to have to sit behind a desk, is something I never take for granted.

 

What is your career highlight so far?

It would have to be my Olympic Bronze medal in 2008. I went into the Games confident of my ability, but because I was still only 19, I wasn’t yet being talked about that much about a GB medal hope. Therefore to achieve a place on the podium, and becoming the first individual British Gymnast to do so in 100 years at the same time, was just unbelievable.

 

Who were your heroes growing up?

I've always admired Mohammed Ali and his ability to deliver whatever he said he could deliver.

 

If you were not a gymnast what would you be?

If I wasn't doing gym I would probably be singing or trying to perform somewhere.  I love to entertain!

 

When was your favorite subject in school?  And why?

None of them! I took the decision quite early on to focus on gymnastics and put my studying on hold. Ultimately I knew what my goal was and I also knew that as a full-time athlete I'd have a much greater chance of achieving it. I got too distracted in the classroom... it just wasn't for me!