Elizabeth "Beth" Kimberly Tweddle MBE (born 1 April 1985) is a British former artistic gymnast. She is a three-time Olympian, competing in the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Olympic Games, where she took home a bronze medal on the uneven bars. Tweddle is a triple world champion, having won on uneven bars in 2006, floor in 2009, and uneven bars in 2010. She was the first gymnast from the United Kingdom to win a medal at the European Championships or World Championships, and the first female gymnast from the United Kingdom to win a medal at the Olympic Games. She is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time.
On 10 March 2013 Tweddle won the eighth series of Dancing on Ice along with partner Daniel Whiston who won the show for the third time. She is currently participating in the "all-stars" series with her new partner Łukasz Różycki.
Tweddle retired in August 2013.
- 2 Senior career
- 3 Competitive history
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Beth Tweddle was born on 1 April 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with her family to Bunbury, Cheshire, England when she was 18 months old. After trying several different sports, Tweddle began competing in gymnastics at the age of seven at Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club. In 1997, she moved to the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club to train with coach, Amanda Reddin.
Tweddle attended The Queen's School, Chester and completed a foundation degree with the University of Liverpool. In 2007, she graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Sports Science. She has been accepted to the University of Liverpool's physiotheraphy program and began to attend after the 2012 Summer Olympics. Tweddle is also involved with Total Gymnastics. She said, "I have a sports science degree, and I'll be continuing my studies in the future - I have place at the University of Liverpool to study Physiotherapy in 2012. I've also started Total Gymnastics with the help of former Olympic swimmer Steve Parry. We go into schools and leisure centres to help give children a chance to try gymnastics - which I'm enjoying because so many gymnastics clubs are overbooked."
At the end of October, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in Ghent, Belgium. She helped the British team placed ninth and individually she placed twenty-fourth in the all around final with a score of 34.892.
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Patras, Greece. She helped the British team place sixth and individually she placed fourteenth in the all around final with a score of 34.242. In event finals, she placed third on uneven bars with a score of 9.287. This was the first medal ever won by a female British gymnast at the European Championships. Tweddle said, "When I saw my name on the scoreboard in third place I just started to cry and couldn’t stop. I’m just so happy."
In July, Tweddle competed for England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, United Kingdom. She placed second in the all around final with a score of 36.387. In event finals, she placed seventh on vault scoring 8.887 and first on uneven bars scoring 9.550.
In November, Tweddle competed at the World Cup event in Stuttgart, Germany. She placed second on uneven bars with a score of 9.475.
Later in March, Tweddle competed at the World Cup event in Lyon, France. She placed first on uneven bars with a score of 9.500.
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She placed eleventh in the all around final with a score of 35.124 and second in the uneven bars final with a score of 9.587.
In August, Tweddle competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She contributed an all around score of 36.912 toward the British team's eleventh place finish. In the all around final, Tweddle placed nineteenth with a score of 35.761.
In May, Tweddle competed at the World Cup event in Paris, France. She placed second on uneven bars scoring 9.450 and seventh on floor scoring 8.225.
In October, Tweddle competed at the World Cup event in Glasgow, United Kingdom. She placed first on uneven bars scoring 9.687, third on balance beam scoring 9.012, and first on floor scoring 9.475.
In November, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. She placed fourth in the all around final with a score of 36.936 and third in the uneven bars final with a score of 9.575.
In March, Tweddle injured her right ankle and was unable to competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She said, "It's a big disappointment as I was looking forward to the Games but as team captain I'll stay in Melbourne and cheer the team on. It will be difficult watching but I'll have to put the injury behind me now. We were doing podium training when I landed badly after a vault. I knew straight away that something was wrong. The injury is not too severe it is a bruised bone and the doctors have said I will be back in time for the Europeans in April. In the back of my mind I was still hoping to do bars but the doctors advised me to leave it if I wanted to be fit for the Europeans. The Beijing Olympics are still in the back of my mind but I've still not decided whether I will carry on yet."
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Volos, Greece. She won the uneven bars final with a score of 16.050. Her victory was the first at a European Championships for a British gymnast.
In July, Tweddle competed at the British Championships in Guildford, United Kingdom. She won the all around competition with a score of 60.750. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.850, first on balance beam scoring 14.850, and first on floor scoring 15.350.
In October, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. She placed eighth in the all around final with a score of 59.450. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 16.200 and fourth on floor scoring 15.425. Her gold medal was the first Britain ever earned at a World Championships. Tweddle said, "I knew that I could do the routine, it was just whether I could pull it out for that moment. I went into the gym on Friday morning and did exactly the same routine as I would do that night. I went through first time and that brought my confidence back up again, and my coach knew that from then on she just had to keep me calm and let me get on with it. All my hard work has finally paid off and I'm absolutely ecstatic. A lot of people told me it would come, but I didn't think it ever actually would. It hasn't sunk in yet. I've had the bronze medal at the last two world championships and to come out today after the fall yesterday and get through it is an achievement. I didn't know if I'd win because I hadn't seen Liukin's routine, but I've seen her in training and she was pretty spectacular."
In December, Tweddle competed at the World Cup final in São Paulo, Brazil. She placed first on uneven bars scoring 16.300 and second on floor scoring 15.200.
At the end of the year, Tweddle was nominated for, and finished in third place, for the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the only British gymnast ever to make the short list for the award.
In January, Tweddle had surgery on her shoulder.
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She placed second in the floor final with score of 15.250. Tweddle said, "It was quite hard, but it was a case of not competing at Europeans, or do a couple of events and getting back on the international stage again. Obviously, later in the year is more important than this. It wasn't worth pushing the injury, which could make it worse for later in the year."
In July, Tweddle competed at the British Championships in Guildford, United Kingdom. She won the all around competition for the seventh straight time with a score of 59.750. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 16.350. Tweddle said, "It's a bit spooky to win my seventh title on the seventh of the seventh 2007. I was really happy with how things went today. I made the decision to alter my second floor tumble just to help my foot and make sure I didn't injure it before the Worlds, but everything else was fine."
In September, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She contributed an uneven bars score of 14.175 toward the British team's seventh place finish, meaning that they qualified a full team to the Olympics. In event finals, she placed fourth on uneven bars scoring 16.125 and seventh on floor scoring 14.900.
In November, Tweddle competed at the World Cup event in Glasgow, United Kingdom. She placed seventh on uneven bars scoring 14.025 and first on floor scoring 14.550. Tweddle said, "I went for broke with my bars routine as I wasn't happy with my qualifying routine. I know that I would have to be perfect if I want to get gold at the Olympics next year." Beth Tweddle opened clare mount school in moreton in 2007
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She contributed a score of 16.075 on uneven bars toward the British team's sixth place finish. In event finals, she placed fourth on uneven bars scoring 15.475 and second on floor scoring 15.525.
In June, Tweddle competed at the British Championships in Guildford, United Kingdom. She placed second on uneven bars with a score of 14.550 and was unable to compete on any other apparatus due to an ankle injury. She said, "I've only been able to train on the bars for the past couple of weeks so I've had to do a lot of visualisation with the other apparatus. But hopefully this week I'll be able to train on the floor, beam and vault. I've had a few ankle injuries before so it's just a case of having physio, doing lots of exercises and just keeping on top of it. It's just a case of working with it and looking after it." Afterwards, Tweddle was selected to compete for the United Kingdom at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She said, "I'm really excited and just looking forward to getting there and doing the best job I can."
In August, Tweddle competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She contributed scores of 15.650 on uneven bars and 14.950 on floor toward the British team's ninth place finish. In the uneven bars final, she placed fourth with a score of 16.625. Tweddle said, "I'm going to continue, I don't see myself quitting now, although I will have some time off. I was pleased just to be in the final. My dismount is normally not a problem but I just didn't get enough height and to be honest I thought I was going to end up on my face. My dream has been to be in the final. Now I'll have to leave it to London in 2012 to get a medal. I came into this final in last place, so I just had to go out there and do it and I am pleased with my performance. It was a good result, I am not disappointed with fourth."
After the Beijing Olympics, Tweddle decide to contentrate her training on uneven bars and floor. She said, "I thought I would retire this year but then I was so close in Beijing that there is still some unfinished business. Now I don’t really know when I’ll stop. To be honest 2012 is in my sights now which it wasn’t this time last year. We will just have to see how my body holds up but that's the goal. As long as I’m still enjoying it and still up there challenging then I’ll keep going. I want to try to prove everyone wrong and get that Olympic medal. I've been working closely with both my coach and my physio to keep my body going. My training has changed a lot and I only do bars and floor seriously now. Beam and vault are the ones which hurt my feet and I can’t really upgrade enough to be up there to contend for the all around anymore. I’ve also changed my training partner and now I train with Hannah Whelan. The variety has given me a new lease of life."
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Milan, Italy. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.575 and first on floor scoring 15.150. Tweddle said, "It is nice to be back. Since 2006 I have had my share of fourth positions, and all week I have been so focused on getting everything right. I was a touch short on the Tkatchev-half, and I think it was pure determination that got me through."
Later in May, Tweddle participated at the British Teams competition in Guildford, United Kingdom. She contributed scores of 15.700 on uneven bars and 15.450 on floor toward her club, City of Liverpool's, first place finish.
In October, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in London, United Kingdom. She won the floor final with a score of 14.650. Tweddle said, "I was renowned for bars. This is my first medal in floor and it's the best feeling ever."
In May, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She contributed scores of 15.850 on uneven bars and 14.925 on floor toward the British team's second place finish. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.875 and first on floor scoring 14.825.
In July, Tweddle competed at the British Championships in Guildford, United Kingdom. She placed first on uneven bars with a score of 15.000.
In October, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She contributed scores of 15.733 on uneven bars and 14.666 on floor toward the British team's seventh place finish. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars with a score of 15.733. Tweddle said, "It means everything to me to regain the bars title. I have worked so hard day in day out in the gym for this so I'm very proud. I wasn’t watching the previous routines but from the noise of the crowd I could tell the two Chinese girls ahead of me had fallen and so I tried to remain calm, but knew at that point that if I went clean I had a great chance of winning the title."
Tweddle was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. She said, "It's been totally surreal to get an MBE. I didn't really believe it at first. I waited for the letter telling me I was coming to the palace before I did. I was surprisingly quite nervous before the ceremony - I was worried about tripping up when I walked in. Everyone kept saying to me 'you are not going to cartwheel in'. I train to win gymnastic medals but away from gymnastics the MBE is a massive honour."
In April, Tweddle competed at the European Championships in Berlin, Germany despite having an injured shin. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.100 and fourth on floor scoring 14.300.
In May, Tweddle participated in the British Team Championships in Guildford, United Kingdom. She contributed scores of 14.900 on uneven bars and 14.300 on floor toward her club, City of Liverpool's, first place finish.
In October, Tweddle competed at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She contributed scores of 15.666 on uneven bars and 14.533 on floor toward the British team's fifth place finish. This was the team's highest placement ever and qualified a full team for the Olympics. In the floor final, Tweddle placed seventh with a score of 14.500. She said, "The week has been a great success as we achieved our number one aim and we've got the British women's team qualified for 2012 so that’s now the focus."
In April, Tweddle had keyhole surgery on her knee and was unable to compete at the European Championships in May. She said, "I’m disappointed not to be in a position to attend the European’s but also thankful that this gives me the opportunity to get myself fully fit and ready for the rest of the season, certainly it’s much better for this process to happen now rather than later in the year! I am very much still in the gym every day and will continue to work alongside the British Gymnastics medical team to ensure I manage my recovery. The line-up for the European Championship demonstrates the strength in depth that we have, and I’m sure the girls will do a great job in Brussels."
In June, Tweddle competed at the British Championships in Liverpool, United Kingdom. She won the uneven bars final with a score of 15.850.
At the beginning of July, Tweddle was selected to compete for the United Kingdom at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She said, "It is of course a massive honour to be selected to Team GB for the Olympic Games. This is my third Olympics and with it being on home soil it’s definitely the most special. The build-up has been totally different and you really feel the support of the whole country. Everyone knows everything about the Games this year and people are really interested in all the events and all the team members. From Beijing to here has been a long journey. After 2008 I wasn’t even sure I would carry on, but the huge support for London and the enthusiasm of the public has really motivated me and inspired me to carry on training hard. Everything about competing in the Olympic Games is exciting, the moment you get the official letter, the kitting out, the multi-sport atmosphere, it’s all a huge honour to be a part of and I can’t wait."
At the end of July, Tweddle competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. In the team final, Tweddle contributed scores of 15.833 on uneven bars and 14.166 on floor toward the British team's sixth place finish.
In the uneven bars final, Tweddle won the bronze medal with a score of 15.916. She said, "It’s the best feeling in the world to win the bronze medal, there was one point today I thought I’d end in 4th like in Beijing 08, so I’m really happy. This was the one medal missing from my collection; this is the one I really wanted. I tried to keep calm and do what I do best and the crowd were amazing, as soon as I walked into the arena it was incredible. I haven’t made any future plans yet, I definitely won’t be in Rio but I’m happy to go home now and have a bit of a holiday and get back into the gym; if my hearts in it I will continue. I had a step on my dismount but at the end of the day I had to go for the difficult dismount to challenge for a medal. To be honest I could say ‘what if’ but I’m not disappointed in the slightest, any medal, any colour is what I always said I wanted, so I’m extremely happy."
|2001||World Championships||Ghent||All Around||24||34.892||23||35.061|
|2002||World Championships||Debrecen||Uneven Bars||4||9.312||5||9.387|
|European Championships||Patras||All Around||14||34.242||7||35.686|
|World Cup||Stuttgart||Uneven Bars||2||9.475|
|World Cup||Paris||Balance Beam||15||8.250|
|World Cup||Cottbus||Uneven Bars||1||9.400||1||9.375|
|World Cup||Glasgow||Balance Beam||3||8.800|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens||All Around||19||35.761||19||36.912|
|European Championships||Amsterdam||All Around||11||35.124|
|World Cup||Cottbus||Balance Beam||10||8.600|
|World Cup||Lyon||Uneven Bars||1||9.500||2||9.400|
|World Cup Final||Birmingham||Floor Exercise||5||9.550|
|World Cup||Glasgow||Floor Exercise||3||9.475|
|2005||World Championships||Melbourne||All Around||4||36.936||4||36.937|
|World Cup||Paris||Floor Exercise||7||8.225|
|European Championships||Debrecen||All Around||24||9.175||2||36.725|
|World Cup||Ghent||Floor Exercise||4||9.100|
|World Cup||New York||Floor Exercise||3||9.412|
|World Cup||Glasgow||Balance Beam||3||9.012|
|2006||World Championships||Aarhus||All Around||8||59.450||4||59.975|
|World Cup||Glasgow||Floor Exercise||7||14.550|
|European Championships||Volos||All Around||98||15.850|
|World Cup Final||São Paulo||Floor Exercise||2||15.200|
|2007||World Championships||Stuttgart||All Around||11||58.725||4||60.775|
|World Cup||Glasgow||Floor Exercise||1||14.550|
|European Championships||Amsterdam||All Around||82||14.725|
|European Championships||Clermont-Ferrand||All Around||77||31.400|
|2010||World Championships||Rotterdam||Uneven Bars||1||15.733||3||15.600|
|2011||World Championships||Tokyo||Uneven Bars||13||14.433|
|2012||World Cup||Doha||Uneven Bars||1||15.175||1||15.800|
|Olympic Games||London||Uneven Bars||3||15.916||1||16.133|