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Becky Downie

Becky Downie
2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Balance beam - Medalists 02.jpg
Downie winning a silver medal at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier, France.
Personal information
Full name Rebecca Downie
Country represented  Great Britain
Born (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 25)
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Height 155 cm (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international elite
Club Notts Gymnastics Club
Head coach(es) Jo Miller
Eponymous skills stalder backwards on high bar with counter pike – reverse hecht over high bar to hang (uneven bars)

Rebecca "Becky" Downie (born 24 January 1992 in Nottingham) is a British artistic gymnast who competed at the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] She is a double European champion (2014 and 2016) and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion on the uneven bars.

Her younger sister, Ellie Downie, is also an Olympic gymnast. And her younger brother Josh Downie has previously worked in the PE teaching industry at a local primary school in their hometown Nottingham with many students with a range from 6-11 in many different sporting activities. [2]

Junior career

Representing England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Downie contributed an all-around score of 54.100 to the English team's second-place finish and placed eighth in the all-around final with a score of 53.700. In event finals, she placed fifth on uneven bars, scoring 14.000, and third on balance beam, scoring 14.075.[3]

Senior career


At the 2008 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Clermont-Ferrand in early April, Downie contributed scores of 14.750 on vault, 15.375 on uneven bars, and 14.850 on balance beam to the British team's sixth-place finish.[4] In event finals, she placed eighth on vault (13.500) and uneven bars (14.700).[5] Later in April, she won a silver medal on bars at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Cottbus, with a score of 14.975.[6]

In June, Downie competed at the British Championships in Guildford, where she won the all-around competition (59.650)[7] and the uneven bars title (15.200) and placed fourth on balance beam (14.500).[8] Afterwards, she was named to the British team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[9]

At the Olympics in August, Downie contributed an all-around score of 58.075 to the British team's ninth-place finish.[10] In the individual all-around final, she scored 59.450 to place twelfth.[11]


In March, Downie placed fourth at the American Cup in Chicago with a score of 55.600.[12] The following month, she competed at the 2009 European Championships in Milan, where she placed eleventh in the all-around final (55.075) and sixth on vault (14.025) and uneven bars (14.525).[13]

At the World Cup event in Glasgow in May, she placed sixth on vault (12.925), second on uneven bars (14.600), and fifth on balance beam (13.300).[14]

In July, she won the all-around at the British Championships in Guildford with a score of 56.100.[15] In event finals, she placed second on vault, scoring 13.250; first on uneven bars, scoring 13.850; first on balance beam, scoring 14.900; and first on floor, scoring 13.750.[16]

In October, Downie competed at the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in London. She placed sixteenth in the all-around final with a score of 53.775.[17]

Downie during a routine on the uneven bars at the 17th Internationaux de France in 2010.


In April, Downie placed tenth on uneven bars (13.300) and ninth on balance beam (13.875) at the World Cup event in Paris.[18] In May, at the 2010 European Championships in Birmingham, she contributed scores of 14.075 on vault, 14.350 on uneven bars, and 14.100 on balance beam to the British team's second-place finish,[19] and placed fifth in the bars final with a score of 14.625.[20]

At the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam in October, she contributed a vault score of 14.733 to the British team's seventh-place finish.[21]


Downie injured her Achilles tendon in January 2011 and was expected to be out of competition for the rest of the year.[22] However, she was able to return in nine months. "I guess the key for my quick return was that I was backed 100 percent by a fantastic medical team, and rather than let myself get down about the injury, I just had to keep reminding myself of all the positives that could come from it," she said. "I took the opportunity to give my body a break which wouldn't have been possible without the injury, and then everything just moved so quickly."[23]

In October, she competed at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo and contributed an uneven bars score of 14.433 to the British team's fifth-place finish.[24]


At the beginning of June, Downie competed at an international friendly in Ipswich with gymnasts from Finland and Spain, which also served as Britain's second Olympic trial. She placed fourth on vault with a score of 14.100[25] and fourth on balance beam with a score of 13.450.[26]

The British Championships in Liverpool at the end of June were the third and final trial to determine the British team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Downie did not compete on floor but scored 14.550 on vault, 14.25 on uneven bars, and 13.100 on balance beam.[27] In event finals, she placed sixth on uneven bars with a score of 13.350[28] and second on balance beam with a score of 13.850.[29] She did not make the Olympic team, but was named as an alternate.[2]


At the 2013 European Championships, Downie qualified second into the uneven bars final with a score of 14.733, behind only reigning Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina.[30] However, a fall in the final left her in seventh place with a score of 13.000.[31]


Downie was a member of the British team that won a silver medal at the 2014 European Championships, after qualifying to the team final in first place. Individually, she won the uneven bars title—the second British woman to do so after Beth Tweddle—and finished fourth in the balance beam final.

Downie at the European Championships in 2015, where she won two silver medals.

In July, she won gold with the English team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, alongside teammates Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, Kelly Simm, and Hannah Whelan. She also won the uneven bars final with a score of 14.666; Harrold placed third. However, she fell twice in the balance beam final and was unable to finish her routine, resulting in a score of 9.833.

At the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, Downie performed well on bars and beam to help Britain qualify to the team final in fourth place: the highest ever qualification placement for a British women's team at a World Championships. She also qualified to the bars final in sixth place with a score of 15.166, and finished fifth in the final with the same score.


At the 2015 European Championships, Downie won silver medals on the uneven bars and balance beam.[32] Later in the year, she helped Britain win its first-ever team World Championship medal in women's gymnastics, a bronze at the 2015 Championships in Glasgow.[2][33]


Downie was named to the British team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—her second Olympics—alongside her younger sister Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, and Amy Tinkler.[34] She entered the competition as a contender on uneven bars, but placed 10th in a packed field in qualifications and did not qualify to the final.[35] However, the British team finished fifth, Britain's best Olympic result in women's gymnastics since 1928.[36]


Downie competed on uneven bars and balance beam at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj-Napoca. She qualified to the bars final in fourth place with a score of 14.433, but in the final, she placed seventh with a score of 13.000[37] after falling on a release move and injuring her elbow.[38] She withdrew from the beam final the next day because of the injury.[39]

Eponymous skills

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty When Added to Code of Points
Uneven Bars Downie Stalder backward on high bar with counter-pike reverse hecht over bar to hang F 2010 Rotterdam World Championships

Competitive history

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2006 Commonwealth Games 2nd 8th 5th 3rd
2008 GBR-FRA International Friendly 2nd 2nd 5th 1st 5th
European Championships 6th 8th 8th
Cottbus World Cup 2nd
British Championships 1st 1st 4th
Olympic Games 9th 12th
2009 American Cup 4th
European Championships 11th 6th 6th
Glasgow World Cup 6th 2nd 5th
British Championships 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
British Team Championships 3rd
World Championships 15th
2010 Paris World Cup 10th 9th
British Team Championships 2nd
European Championships 2nd 5th
World Championships 7th
World Championships 5th
2012 GBR-FIN-ESP 4th 4th
British Team Championships 3rd
British Championships 6th 2nd
2013 British Championships 1st
European Championships 7th
Turnen Dames Interland 20th 2nd 2nd
World Championships 8th
Élite Gym Massilia 3rd
2014 English Championships 2nd 1st
British Championships 2nd 2nd 1st
Munich Friendly 1st
European Championships 2nd 1st 4th
Commonwealth Games 1st 1st 8th
World Championships 6th 5th
2015 English Championships 1st 4th
European Championships 2nd 2nd
World Championships 3rd
2016 English Championships 2nd 4th
British Championships 2nd 1st
European Championships 2nd 1st 6th


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External links

Becky Downie at the International Federation of Gymnastics