20 July 2019

Gymnastics: #DoubleDownies making history at the European Championships

May 16, 2014

The artistic gymnastic European championships are taking place in Bulgaria this week and the GB women’s squad has a serious case of #doubledownies as sisters Rebecca and Ellie Downie compete together for the first time in a major international. 


Becky, the older sister at 22, competed at the Beijing Olympics and is Britain’s highest placing all-around Olympic gymnast.

Two years later, whilst training towards the 2012 Olympics, she suffered an Achilles tendon injury. But Becky fought her way back to fitness in time to trial for London, where she was initially disappointed only to get a reserve spot.

Showing a longevity rare in gymnasts, Becky is back and at the top of her game. She now has one of the hardest bar routines in the world and a stunning beam routine to match.

Meanwhile younger sister Ellie, aged 14, is one of the rising stars of the GB junior gymnastics team. Known for her power, athleticism and difficult skill combinations she is already making her presence felt on the international stage.


And so far so good at the Europeans for the Double Downies as both sisters performed brilliantly in the qualifying rounds to make two finals each. Becky goes into the bars final, having qualified in first place above the Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina, and Ellie qualified with the highest score on vault.

Ellie was also part of the junior team which won a team silver medal on Wednesday and today she claimed the  junior all-around bronze medal.

Get behind the Downie sisters on twitter by tweeting your support using the hashtag #DoubleDownies

The finals will be live-streamed on the BBC this Saturday and Sunday.

Janet Scholes, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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