5 Best Moments In The Beijing Olympics 2008 Gymnastics Competition
With the five best moments in the Beijing Olympics 2008 Gymnastics competition making newspapers around the world, the 2008 games was one of the most talked about events of the year. For America and Russia, it was one of their most successful competitions in recent years while Great Britain made headlines by entering the youngest competitor. Rounding out the intense competition was the host country, China, who took gold medals of their own, adding to their already remarkable collection.
- Young competitors make the final. Britain fast tracked two of its newest recruits after their amazing results in the World Championships. At a mere 17 years old, Daniel Keatings was the youngest competitor in the men's individual event and Louis Smith, nineteen, also competed as a gymnast. After a nail biting first round, both gymnasts made it into the final with Smith going on to win a bronze medal in his first ever Olympics which was also the first medal a British male gymnast has won since 1908. Daniel Keatings although not a medal winner, held his own against the world class contenders from countries such as China and Russia, impressing spectators and competitors alike.
- Shawn Johnson wins gold. After losing out to her fellow team mate for the gold in the all-round event, Shawn Johnson had one final chance to win a gold medal in the balance beam. Competing against Li Shansan, who had recently won the silver meal for the balance beam at the World Championships, it was unlikely that Johnson would get her gold. However, after a flawless routine and perfect dismount, Johnson succeeded in gaining her win with a score of 16.225 beating out her team mate who won silver, and Cheng Fai of China who bronze.
- Lu Chunlong wins the gold in men's trampoline. As the host country for the Olympics, China was already having an amazing year. With their rash of gold medal wins, that amazing year went into overdrive and Lu Chunlong's gold in the men's trampoline helped China achieve a total of 51 gold medals in the games. The final was a tight competition with Canada's Jason Burnett coming a close second.
- Yang Wei dominates gymnastic events. A highly technical gymnast, Yang Wei was a driving force behind China's gold medal all-round team win. His performance in the individual all-round event was something to behold, gaining him a gold medal in a performance that had no mistakes. He continued his world class performance by winning a silver medal in the rings event as well, losing out to fellow team mate Chen Yibing.
- Evgeniya Kanaeva. In an event that was ruled by Russia, Evgeniya won took the gold in rhythmic gymnastics with a flawless routine. She beat out the rest of the countries with a routine that scored the highest points on every apparatus, leaving Belarus and Ukraine to take home the silver and bronze respectively.