2009: Rio de Janeiro is awarded the 2016 Olympic Games
2011: Ludmilla Grebenkova welcomes her second child, a boy named Alexander.
Cecile Canqueteau’s birthday (b. 1979)
2012 : North Korea’s two-year ban from international competition ends. North Korea was banned from Oct 5th 2010 till Oct 5th 2012 after it was discovered Hong Su Jong had competed at the Athens Olympics while being underage since she was born in 1989 and therefore was only 15 at the time of the Olympics. The minimum age to compete at the Olympics is 16.
2013: McKayla Maroney performs the last vaults of her career at the World Championships where she won the gold medal. She officially announced her retirement in early 2016.
2013: Sandra Izbasa performs the last routine of her career at the World Floor Final in Antwerp. Sadly she fell in her very last tumbling pass and placed 7th.
Simona Amanar’s birthday (b. 1979)
2017: Carly Patterson welcomes her first child, son Graham Mitchell
Ariella Kaeslin’s birthday (b. 1987)
2008: Lavinia Milosovici’s four-year-old daughter Denisa Florentina passes away. She was born very prematurely in March of 2004 and suffered from a rare nervous system disease.
2006: China wins their first, and to date only, World Team Title in Aarhus.
Youna Dufournet’s birthday (b. 1993)
2006: Vanessa Ferrari becomes the only Italian World All-Around Champion.
2006: Beth Tweddle becomes the first, and to date only, British World Champion with her gold at the uneven bars final. Watch her routine.
2010: Ksenia Semenova celebrates her 18th birthday by competing at the World Team Final where the Russian team won their first, and to date only, World Team Title. It was Ksenia’s last international competition. Watch her beam routine.
Lavinia Milosovici’s birthday (b. 1976)
2010: Boris Pilkin, Svetlana Khorkina’s life-long coach, passes away at the age of 82.
Fan Ye’s birthday (b. 1986)
1999: Kim Zmeskal marries Chris Burdette at the Karolyi Ranch where they met.
Kyla Ross’ birthday (b. 1996)
Rebecca Tunney’s birthday (b. 1996)
2015: Amy Tinkler celebrates her 16th birthday by competing at the World Team Final where Great Britain won its first World Team Medal, a bronze.
2015: Simone Biles becomes the first gymnast ever to win three consecutive World All-Around Titles.
Anastasia Liukin’s birthday (b. 1989)
2015: An unprecedented four-way-tie for the gold medal at the Uneven Bars World Final happens in Glasgow.