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Louis Smith's Biography

 
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Louis Smith was born on 22 April 1989 in Eye in Peterborough.

He started pursuing gymnastics from an early age and by 2004 he was a European Junior champion.

In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Louis Smith took bronze on the pommel horse, the first Briton to win a medal in the individual gymnastics at the Olympics since Walter Tysall in 1908.

In the 2012 Olympics in London, Louis Smith went one better by winning the silver medal in the men's pommel horse.

In fact, he had tied with the gold medallist, Krisztian Berki of Hungary, but was awarded silver based on his execution score, which was lower than Berki by just 0.1 of a point.

Louis Smith also took home a bronze medal from the London Olympics, as part of Team GB's men's artistic team.

It was the first team medal for a British Olympic gymnastics team in 100 years.

Shortly after the 2012 Olympics, Louis Smith was paired with Flavia Cacace in Strictly Come Dancing series 10.

Louis and Flavia ended up winning Strictly Come Dancing.

In the Rio Olympics in 2016, Louis Smith won silver in the pommel, beaten only by fellow Briton Max Whitlock.

In October 2016, Louis Smith apologised after a leaked video suggested he was mocking Islam.


As a result, Louis Smith was suspended for two months by British Gymnastics.

In March 2017, Louis Smith was runner-up on series 4 of Channel Four's The Jump.



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