Beth Tweddle Biography
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Elizabeth
Born in: Johannesburg
Famous as: Former British Gymnast
father: Jerry Tweddle
mother: Ann Tweddle
siblings: James Tweddle
education: Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool
This enthusiastic and full-of-energy gymnast was born to gain popularity, not just in Britain but across the world. By entering into gymnastics during childhood, Beth Tweddle took a wise decision and outshone all records held by Britain previously, apart from creating new ones. With three World titles, six European titles and seven consecutive national titles, and a Commonwealth title to boast of, she is known to be the most decorated gymnast Britain has ever had, whether male or female. It was her aggression and determination that enabled her overcome all obstacles and perform daring and dynamic stunts in artistic gymnastics on uneven bars and floor exercise. Her outstanding performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games won a bronze medal, the first medal for Britain by a female gymnast. What’s more, she was the first British female gymnast to claim medals at World Championships and European Championships as well. She announced her retirement in 2013 and tried her hand at various media and social work. She started a gymnastics company with a mission to support and help children take up gymnastics and excel on a bigger level. She has the honor of receiving the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services towards gymnastics.
- Beth Tweddle was born as Elizabeth Kimberly Tweddle on April 1, 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Jerry and Ann Tweddle. She relocated to Bunbury, Cheshire, England, with her family when she was just 18 months.
- She took up gymnastics at the age of seven, after a number of hit-and-misses at other sports, and joined the local Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club.
- She completed her schooling from The Queen’s School, Chester, and attended the University of Liverpool for a foundation degree. In 2007, she graduated with a sports science degree from the Liverpool John Moores University.
- After competing at the local club, she went to The City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, in 1997, to train under Amanda Reddin.
- She started receiving international recognition after her participation in the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, for her stunts on the asymmetric bars.
- She won the first ever medal for Britain at the 2002 European Championships in Patras, Greece, getting a bronze medal. The same year, she clinched gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games on uneven bars.
- She continued to thrive through 2003, becoming the first female British gymnast to win at the Anaheim World Championships, taking bronze.
- In 2004, she won a silver medal at the Amsterdam European Championships, on uneven bars. Soon after, she competed in the Athens Olympic Games and finished at nineteenth position.
- Despite her insufficient preparation due to injuries, she took part in the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and won a bronze in uneven bars.
- Her right ankle injury forced her to withdraw out of Commonwealth Games in 2006. However, she returned back and won gold on uneven bars and silver on floors, at the World Cup final, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- In 2007, she claimed her seventh consecutive British Championship title and participated in the Stuttgart World Championships, helping Britain qualify for a full team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Her participation in the 2008 Olympics, despite her ankle injury, was highly appreciated, where she secured fourth position, taking her team to ninth place.
- In 2010, she won a gold on floors and silver on uneven bars at the Paris World Cup event, apart from securing first place on uneven bars at the British Championships, held in Guildford.
- Her contribution at uneven bars and floor at the Tokyo World Championships in 2011 paved way for the British team into the 2012 London Olympic Games.
- In 2012, she won gold medals at the World Cup event held in Doha, Qatar, and British Championships organized in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
- In March 2013, she took part and won the eighth series of ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’, where she was partnered with Daniel Whiston.
- She retired from competitive gymnastics in August 2013, thus ending one of the greatest careers in the history of British gymnastics.
- She participated in the ninth and final series of ‘Dancing on Ice’, paired opposite Lukasz Rozycki, in 2014. The couple finished third.
- She started a dedicated gymnastics company, Total Gymnastics, along with former Olympian swimmer Steve Parry, as a means to inspire and encourage kids to take up gymnastics and popularize the sport across the UK.
- She won a nomination at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, in 2006, and was placed at the third position.
- In 2010, she was honored with the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), towards her services and success to gymnastics, at the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
- She won Britain’s first gold medal at the World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, and European Championships in Volos, Greece, on uneven bars, in 2006.
- In 2009, she was successful in claiming double gold at the Milan European Championships on uneven bars and floors. This was soon followed by her first ever gold medal on floors at the London World Championships.
- In 2010, she retained her bars and floor titles by winning gold at the Birmingham European Championships. Also, she was placed first in the Rotterdam World Championships, on uneven bars, thus becoming a three-time world champion.
- Her injured shin didn’t deter her from competing at the Berlin European Championships, in 2011, and winning gold in the uneven bars competition.
- Her created history in the 2012 Olympic by winning a bronze medal on the asymmetric bars.
- She met Steve Cryer, a financial advisor, at a night out in 2010 and began dating him thereafter. However, she broke off her three-year relationship in 2013, as she wanted to concentrate on her ‘Dancing on Ice’ performance.
- She considers Lilia Podkopayeva as her all-time favorite gymnast, while her preferred sports celebrities are Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe.
- She isn’t very fond of movies as she cannot keep herself glued to one place, but she managed to watch ‘Man on Fire’ which was too compelling to keep her engaged.
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