Louis Smith has introduced his retirement from gymnastics on the age of 29.
Smith was Nice Britain’s first particular person Olympic medallist for a century when he received bronze on the pommel horse on the 2008 Video games in Beijing.
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He received a workforce silver within the pommel at London 2012 and secured one other silver in Rio 4 years later.
Smith wrote on Fb: “Gymnasium has given me the whole lot – it gave me the instruments essential to channel my ADHD all through my childhood , and as I grew up by the game, I in a short time discovered a goal in life, and it has made me the particular person I’m at this time.
“From a younger age it grew to become my dream to compete at an Olympic Video games and signify Nice Britain, so to have had the chance to do this on three separate events, and convey house 4 Olympic medals within the course of, is one thing I’ll endlessly cherish and for which I’m eternally grateful.
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Louis Smith has retired from gymnastics (David Davies/PA)
“I’m so pleased with what I’ve achieved within the sport and hope that my achievements have left a legacy that can proceed to encourage gymnasts of the long run.”
Smith had been working in direction of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, however now says he’ll pursue “different thrilling alternatives that I’ve been introduced with”.
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Louis Smith received Strictly Come Dancing alongside Flavia Cacace in 2012 (Man Levy/BBC Handout)
Smith, who additionally received three World Championship medals over the course of his profession, was the winner of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing programme in 2012.
He was given a two-month ban by British Gymnastics in 2016 after mocking Islam in a video.
Smith apologised for the footage, which confirmed him pretending to wish to Allah whereas laughing, and revealed he had acquired numerous demise threats.
Footage: Strictly Come Dancing winners by the years
Strictly champions by the years
The Wished’s Jay McGuiness was the latest winner of Strictly Come Dancing, regardless of inserting third on the grand closing leaderboard.
He was the bookies’ favorite, regardless of not being the very best on the night time, however the public vote secured his win. “I really feel spaced-out, actually bizarre. It has been one of the vital particular issues I’ve ever performed,” he stated..
Are you able to consider we’ve had 13 Strictly champions up to now? Click on by to relive the triumphant dancers who held the glitter ball aloft…
2014: Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack and companion Pasha Kovalev received the 2014 collection after attaining good scores from the judges in every efficiency within the closing, the primary couple to take action in Strictly historical past.
2013: Abbey Clancy
Abbey Clancy lifted the Strictly glitter ball in 2013, beating out Natalie Gumede and bookies’ favorite Susanna Reid. Regardless of by no means dancing earlier than, the mannequin scored the collection’ first good 10 for her salsa.
2012: Louis Smith
Gymnast Louis Smith danced off with the trophy in 2012, simply months after profitable silver and bronze on the London Olympics. He confronted fierce competitors from joint runners up Denise van Outen and Kimberley Walsh, and stated on the time: “I can lastly say I received one thing within the 12 months 2012.”
2011: Harry Judd
Harry Judd defeated Jason Donovan and Chelsee Healey within the collection 9 closing in 2011. Alongside dancer Aliona Vilani, the McFly drummer scored two good 40s within the closing.
2010: Kara Tointon
Kara Tointon received collection eight in 2010 alongside Artem Chigvintsev, who she ended up courting for 3 years. The Mr Selfridge actress scored the best mark for eight out of the 13 dances carried out on the present.
2009: Chris Hollins
Chris Hollins snatched the Strictly trophy in 2009 from Ricky Whittle, who was the agency favorite to win. The newsreader was partnered with Ola Jordan and managed to keep away from the dance-off throughout your complete collection.
2008: Tom Chambers
Waterloo Highway’s Tom Chambers received collection six alongside dancer Camilla Dallerup, in her final look on the present. He managed to conquer Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon, regardless of by no means receiving a 10 from the judges.
2007: Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon lifted the SCD trophy in 2007, narrowly beating EastEnders’ Matt Di Angelo. Alesha famously went on to decide the collection for 3 years, in a controversial choice that noticed viewers’ favorite Arlene Phillips depart.
2006: Mark Ramprakash
Mark Ramprakash was the second consecutive cricketer to be topped Strictly champion. He partnered with Karen Hardy to beat Emma Bunton and rugby participant Matt Dawson.
2005: Darren Gough
Cricketer Darren Gough by no means topped the judges’ leaderboard all through the collection, however a near-perfect efficiency within the closing meant he beat Colin Jackson and presenter Zoe Ball in collection three.
2004: Jill Halfpenny
Jill Halfpenny danced off with the winner’s trophy in collection two, alongside companion Darren Bennett. To this present day, she’s the one contestant to obtain 40 factors from the judges for a jive.
2004: Natasha Kaplinsky
Information presenter Natasha Kaplinsky was the inaugural winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 with companion Brendan Cole. She completed 39 factors forward of the runner-up, ex-EastEnders actor Christopher Parker.