25 Cool Facts about the European Championships’ History

This article does not include Romania, Russia and Great Britain as they have their own piece.

1. UKRAINE: At the 1992 Europeans they were the most decorated country with three gold, two silver and two bronze.

2. UKRAINE: Two European All-Around Champions went on to become Olympic All-Around Champions: Tatiana Gutsu (1992) & Lilia Podkopayeva (1996)

3. UKRAINE: They medalled at every single team competition (with the exception of 2002) between 1994 & 2004.

4. UKRAINE: The most recent title for Ukraine came from Yana Demyanchuk on beam in 2009.

5. UKRAINE: The most recent medal for Ukraine came from Natalia Kononenko on bars in 2012.

6. FRANCE: Their most successful European Championships were in 2005 where they won 3 gold (AA, UB & FX), 1 Silver (BB) & 1 Bronze (FX).

7. FRANCE: Among those gold medallists was France’s only Olympic medallist, Emilie LePennec, who turned her Olympic bars title into a European bars title.

8. FRANCE has hosted the European Championships several times with Paris hosting it three times: 1963, 2000 and the upcoming edition of 2020.

9. FRANCE: During Floor warm ups in the qualification round at the 2008 Europeans Isabelle Severino (European Floor Champion in 2005) sustained a double injury, including a torn Achilles, that effectively ended her career.

10. FRANCE: Medals at Europeans with France as host:

  • Nantes 1992: Melanie Legros (Silver, Floor) It was also the first ever medal for a French gymnast at a European Championships
  • Paris 2000: Ludivine Furnon (Gold, Floor)
  • Clermont-Ferrand 2008: Bronze Team.
  • Montpellier 2015: Claire Martin (Bronze, Beam)

11. ITALY: Their first medal was Maria Teresa Gargano’s bronze on Floor in 2004.

12. ITALY: Aside from Romania and Russia, Italy is the only other country to have won team gold with their victory in 2006.

13. ITALY’S most successful European Championships were in 2007 where Vanessa Ferrari won gold on both the all-around and floor and Carlotta Giovannini on vault.

14. ITALY hosted the 2009 European Championships where Vanessa Ferrari won silver on Floor.

15. GERMANY: Katja Abel was the first gymnast to medal since the German Re-Unification in 1990. She won bronze on vault in 2006.

16. GERMANY: During the time Oksana Chusovitina represented the country she won four medals on vault: gold in 2008 and silver in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

17. GERMANY: Since the German re-unification, the country has hosted the European Championships once in 2011 where Elisabeth Seitz won silver in the all-around and Kim Bui bronze on bars.

18. SWITZERLAND: Giulia Steingruber medalled at four consecutive vault finals between 2012 and 2016 taking gold in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

19. SWITZERLAND: Giulia Steingruber, the 2015 European All-Around Champion, is the first champion to come from a country that has never won a team medal.

20. SWITZERLAND: Bern hosted the 2016 European Championships where Giulia Steingruber won gold on vault and floor.

21. THE NETHERLANDS: Their most successful European Championships were in 2002 where they medalled in all the events:

  • Silver: Team, AA (Van De Leur) & UB (Endel),
  • Bronze: BB & FX (Van de Leur)

22. THE NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam has hosted the European Championships three times:

  • 1967: Vera Caslavska won gold on all the events.
  • 2004: Alina Kozich became Ukaine’s last European All-Around Champion
  • 2007: Italy’s most successful Europeans with three gold medals.

23. SPAIN medalled at three consecutive European Championships:

  1. 2004: Elena Gómez, Silver, Floor Exercise
  2. 2005: Tania Gener, Silver, Uneven Bars,
  3. 2006: Lenika de Simone Silver Beam & Bronze Bars

24. HUNGARY and SWITZERLAND only have two gymnasts that have ever medalled at Europeans

  1. Hungary Henrietta Onodi & Adrienn Varga (EDIT: Zsofia Kovacs and Boglarka Devai medalled at the 2017 Europeans) 
  2. Switzerland: Ariella Kaeslin & Giulia Steingruber

25. The following countries have only medalled once in European history:

  1. Belgium: Aagje Vanwalleghem, 2005, Vault Bronze (EDIT: Nina Derwael won Belgium’s second medal at the 2017 Europeans)
  2. Czech Republic: Jana Sikulova, 2006, Bars Silver
  3. Greece: Stefani Bismpikou, 2007, Beam Bronze
  4. Sweden: Jonna Adlerteg, 2013, Bars Silver
  5. Azerbaijan: Anna Pavlova, 2014, Vault Silver

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10 Cool Facts about Romania’s History at the European Championships

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Countries That Have Medalled Only Once at the Senior European Championships

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