15 Cool Facts from the 2016 European Championships in Bern


1. With their win the Junior Russian team maintained a 16-year dominance, they have won team gold every time since 2000.

2. Third consecutive team bronze medal for the Junior Romanian team. (2012, 2014, 2016).

3. The top 3 teams of the 2014 competition finished in the exact same place in 2016. Russia (gold), Great Britain (silver), Romania (bronze).

4. Lynn Genhart won Switzerland’s first ever all-around medal in the junior category (silver).

5. Denisa Golgota gave Romania its first gold in the junior category since 2010 when Larissa Iordache won gold, on Floor as well.

6. Russia won the beam title in both the junior (Anastasia Iliankova) and the senior category (Aliya Mustafina)

7. Russia was the most decorated country in both the junior and senior category. (7 medals in the junior category and 5 medals in the senior category)


8. The British Senior Team featured no “new senior” gymnast. Their youngest gymnast was Elissa Downie born in 1999 and their oldest gymnast was her sister Rebecca Downie born in 1992.

9. The only individual medallists for Great Britain were the Downie sisters, Rebecca won gold on bars and Elissa won silver on both vault and floor

10. The Russian Team featured one new senior Angelina Melnikova and their oldest gymnast was Ksenia Afanasyeva born in 1991, veteran from the 2008 Olympics.

11. Three of the five gymnasts competing in the bronze medaling French team were “new seniors” born in 2000: Oréane Lecheanult, Marine Boyer and Alison Lepin.

12. First team medal for France since 2008 when they won bronze while competing at home in Clermont-Ferrand.

13. Second consecutive medal for France on beam, last year Claire Martin won bronze while this year Marine Boyer won silver.

14. Out of 8 gymnasts that medalled individually, 5 were older than 20: Catalina Ponor (28), Ksenia Afanasyeva (24), Rebecca Downie (24), Giulia Steingruber (22), Aliya Mustafina (21).

15. From the individual gold medalists:

  • Giulia Steingruber (VT) had previously been European Champion on vault in 2013 and 2014.
  • Rebecca Downie (UB) had previously been European Champion on bars in 2014.
  • Aliya Mustafina (BB) was the World Champion on beam in 2013.
  • Giulia Steingruber (FX) had won two European bronzes on Floor in 2014 and 2015.

Bonus Cool Fact: The Team Competition was held on Ruby Harrold’s birthday. 

Second Bonus Cool Fact: Former East German star Maxi Gnauck was present at the competition since she has lived in Switzerland for the past decade.


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