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‘I hope my legacy inspires gymnasts’ – Olympic medallist Louis Smith retires

Smith won medals at three Olympics on the pommel horse‘Gym has given me everything … it made me the person I am’Louis Smith has announced his retirement from gymnastics at the age of 29.Smith was Great Britain’s first individual Olympic medallist in …

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‘Just don’t call me a celebrity’: Bradley Wiggins takes leap with The Jump

• Retired cyclist signs up for Channel 4’s winter sports-based reality TV show
• Wiggins joined by Robbie Fowler, Louis Smith, Jade Jones and Kadeena Cox

The retired cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to turn his attention to winter sports as he takes part in celebrity skiing competition The Jump.

The eight-time Olympic medallist, who called time on his cycling career at the end of 2016, will follow in the footsteps of sporting stars such as the rower Sir Steve Redgrave, gymnast Beth Tweddle and swimmer Rebecca Adlington, all of whom were forced to pull out of the competition due to injuries.

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‘Just don’t call me a celebrity’: Bradley Wiggins takes leap with The Jump

• Retired cyclist signs up for Channel 4’s winter sports-based reality TV show
• Wiggins joined by Robbie Fowler, Louis Smith, Jade Jones and Kadeena Cox

The retired cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to turn his attention to winter sports as he takes part in celebrity skiing competition The Jump.

The eight-time Olympic medallist, who called time on his cycling career at the end of 2016, will follow in the footsteps of sporting stars such as the rower Sir Steve Redgrave, gymnast Beth Tweddle and swimmer Rebecca Adlington, all of whom were forced to pull out of the competition due to injuries.

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Louis Smith’s ban? British Gymnastics needs to get off its high horse

The Olympic silver medallist has been suspended for two months for what amounts to blasphemy by his sport’s governing body that seems to have an inflated view of its own importance

News that gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended by his governing body for mocking Islam is so 2016. I don’t want to bang on about the auto-satirical state we’re in, but this is basically the blasphemy law being revived by British Gymnastics. It’s certainly one in the eye for parliament, which abolished the offence of blasphemy in 2008 – but perhaps those outplayed politicians can now retaliate by arbitrarily changing the scoring system for the uneven bars.

By way of a recap, Smith and his fellow gymnast Luke Carson were filmed at a wedding shouting Allahu Akbar and mimicking a prayer pose, and the video found its way to the Sun last month. Smith has since apologised profusely, and accrued the standard death threats and summons to appear on Loose Women. But following a high-level inquiry into the incident at the Kettering nuptials, British Gymnastics have suspended him for two months. Announcing their decision on Tuesday, they declared solemnly: “As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have had no choice but to act responsibly.”

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Louis Smith’s ban? British Gymnastics needs to get off its high horse

The Olympic silver medallist has been suspended for two months for what amounts to blasphemy by his sport’s governing body that seems to have an inflated view of its own importance

News that gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended by his governing body for mocking Islam is so 2016. I don’t want to bang on about the auto-satirical state we’re in, but this is basically the blasphemy law being revived by British Gymnastics. It’s certainly one in the eye for parliament, which abolished the offence of blasphemy in 2008 – but perhaps those outplayed politicians can now retaliate by arbitrarily changing the scoring system for the uneven bars.

By way of a recap, Smith and his fellow gymnast Luke Carson were filmed at a wedding shouting Allahu Akbar and mimicking a prayer pose, and the video found its way to the Sun last month. Smith has since apologised profusely, and accrued the standard death threats and summons to appear on Loose Women. But following a high-level inquiry into the incident at the Kettering nuptials, British Gymnastics have suspended him for two months. Announcing their decision on Tuesday, they declared solemnly: “As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have had no choice but to act responsibly.”

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Louis Smith banned by British Gymnastics after video appearing to mock Islam

• Film showed gymnast and Luke Carson shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’
• Carson gets reprimand that will remain on record for two years

Louis Smith has been banned for two months after a video emerged in which he and fellow gymnast Luke Carson were appeared to mock Islam.

Related: Louis Smith v Max Whitlock, Rio’s hottest rivalry

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Olympic gymnast Louis Smith sorry after appearing to mock Islam

• Video showed Smith and Luke Carson shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’
• British Gynastics confirms it will investigate incident

Louis Smith has apologised after the Sun published footage over the weekend of the Olympic gymnast and a friend appearing to mock Islam.

Smith, who won a silver medal for Great Britain on the pommel horse in Rio, was videoed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson shouting “Allahu Akbar” and mimicking a praying pose.

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Olympic gymnast Louis Smith sorry after appearing to mock Islam

• Video showed Smith and Luke Carson shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’
• British Gynastics confirms it will investigate incident

Louis Smith has apologised after the Sun published footage over the weekend of the Olympic gymnast and a friend appearing to mock Islam.

Smith, who won a silver medal for Great Britain on the pommel horse in Rio, was videoed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson shouting “Allahu Akbar” and mimicking a praying pose.

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Max Whitlock stays calm despite being in the spotlight at Rio 2016

• Team GB’s leading gymnast is big Olympic medal hope
• Men’s team have had to change mindset after recent successes

Four years ago, in the London athletes’ village, things were becoming a bit too hot for Kristian Thomas: Louis Smith had secretly switched the air‑conditioning unit in his room to heating mode as payback for the innumerable pranks that Thomas had pulled on him. It was, at least, good practice for the streets of Rio.

The heat is on for the men’s gymnasts in every sense. In London, when Britain competed in their first team final, they went out with nothing to lose and finished with a surprise bronze. Next week, the expectations on the five-man team will be far higher. “It’s a big, drastic change,” says Thomas, “and the hardest thing for us is changing our mindset. Over the last four years we’ve been in a position where we go to competitions expecting to win a medal and anything less is a disappointment.”

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Ten to watch: meet Team GB’s sporting superheroes

They won our hearts at London 2012: can Team GB do it again? We salute our top athletes, from Tom Daley to Ellie Simmonds, as they fly into Rio for the 2016 Olympics Continue reading…

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Louis Smith v Max Whitlock, Rio’s hottest rivalry

Louis Smith left sport for reality TV, now he wants to return to the Olympics. Max Whitlock has overtaken him to become one of the world’s best gymnasts. How are Britain’s men’s team – close friends since childhood – handling the competition?

Last October, spotlit against the darkened auditorium of Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, Louis Smith had just completed his routine in the World Championships pommel horse final. It was a typically immaculate performance full of crowd-pleasing flares and eyecatching manoeuvres called things like “Stolskis” and “Russians”. The partisan audience roared their approval. Smith has always been one for the big occasion.

Max Whitlock, the last to compete, was warming up, oblivious. As he and his coach Scott Hann walked through the tunnel towards the main arena, Hann instinctively looked at his phone. A Twitter alert showed Smith’s score: 16.033. A huge score, almost unbeatable. Hann had only a few seconds before they reached the apparatus to decide: should he tell his gymnast, or not?

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Louis Smith apologises for criticising gymnastics judges after defeat

• ‘I realise the way that I expressed my feelings was wrong,’ says Smith
• Smith vented anger on Twitter after defeat to Max Whitlock in pommel horse

Louis Smith has apologised after his criticisms of judges at the British Championships led to a rebuke from gymnastics’ national governing body.

The three-times Olympic medallist had a meeting with British Gymnastics after making his frustration public following his defeat to Max Whitlock in the pommel horse in Liverpool on 10 April.

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The Agenda: Olympic hopefuls get serious and the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix

Max Whitlock and Louis Smith duel at the pommel horse, Zoe Smith seeks a place at Rio and Steve Davis hits the decks, not the reds

The road to Rio continues for Olympic hopefuls at the British Gymnastics Championships on Sunday (BBC2 , 2.30pm), with the event in Liverpool part of the selection process for the squad that will be announced on 12 July. The standout battle will be between world champion Max Whitlock and world silver medallist Louis Smith on the pommel horse, but watch out for talented junior Giarnni Regini-Moran who could make the men’s floor final and challenge Olympians Dan Purvis and Sam Oldham. Commonwealth champion Claudia Fragapane will go up against world championship bronze-medal winner Amy Tinkler and Ellie Downie for the all-around title, while Becky Downie and Ruby Harrold are set to perform difficult routines on the asymmetric bars.

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Britain’s Louis Smith wins pommel gold at European Championships

• Olympian’s wait for top podium place ends in France
• Fellow Briton Kristian Thomas wins gold on the floor

Louis Smith ended his wait to win a gold medal in a major competition with victory in the pommel horse final at the European Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier.

Smith has won two Olympic medals on the pommel – bronze in Beijing in 2008 and silver at London 2012 – but he was finally on top of the podium after scoring 15.8 on an afternoon when Kristian Thomas also took gold for Britain on the floor.

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Daniel Purvis crowned champion at British Gymnastics Championships

• Amy Tinkler held off Claudia Fragapane to win title
• Purvis takes all-round crown from Frank Baines
• Louis Smith took gold on the pommel horse

Daniel Purvis was crowned men’s all-around champion at the British Gymnastics Championships while Amy Tinkler won the women’s event in Liverpool. Purvis scored 88.500 to take the title of British champion ahead of Frank Baines (86.350) with Sam Oldham and James Hall tied for third (85.700).

Last year’s champion, Max Whitlock, only performed on the pommel horse after an illness, where he finished in bronze medal position with a score of 14.600 behind Louis Smith’s gold‑winning tally of 15.500, with Oldham in silver.

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Max Whitlock seals floor gold but is beaten on pommel by Dan Keatings

Whitlock wins third gold but loses out in pommel horse to Scot Louis Smith takes bronze before returning to TV commitments Continue reading…

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England, Scotland and Wales jubilant after team gymnastics finals

England dominated Commonwealth Games mens competition, while Scotland and Wales won their first ever team medalsClick here to see more of Tom Jenkins pictures from the team gymnastics finals Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games sees Louis Smith return to take gold

Rousing applause for Strictly Come Dancing winner, who has returned to top in gymnastics a year after considering retirement Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Louis Smith closes in on pommel horse final

Olympic silver medallist second to Max Whitlock early on Englands men and women top of pile in team standings Continue reading…

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Louis Smith in England gymnastics team for Commonwealth Games

Im over the moon to have been selected Smith European champion Max Whitlock also in 13-man squad Continue reading…