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.

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“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.


Louis Smith has retired from gymnastics (David Davies/PA)


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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.”

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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”.



Louis Smith standing in front of a stage: Louis Smith won Strictly Come Dancing alongside Flavia Cacace in 2012 (Guy Levy/BBC Handout)


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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.

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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.

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