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Cool female Olympian of the day: Beth Tweddle

I chose this picture of Beth Tweddle because although Team GB didn’t manage to bag a medal in the group gymnastics competition, I think it’s pretty obvious that she’s an absolute legend.
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August 1, 2012
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Beth Tweddle defying gravity on the uneven bars

The 27 year old has battled injury throughout her career and wasn’t even sure that she’d make it to London 2012 to try to add an Olympic medal to her three world champion titles and six European golds. It looks like that dream might be over now. She’s in the final on Monday and this could be her last chance to win an Olympic medal – an accolade that she thoroughly deserves for her talent, determination and refusal to give up.

Still, she delivered one of the greatest performances of her career with an astonishingly complex routine on the uneven bars (my favourite discipline in gymnastics as the athletes appear completely weightless as they bounce between the two bars.)

She’s an inspiration to the younger members of her team and proof that British gymnasts can reach the heights of their sport. She’s also putting something back, having set up Total Gymnastics to help teachers identify kids with potential gymnastic talent in schools and encourage them to get into clubs.

We’ll be rooting for you on Monday Beth, do you best and go for gold!

Picture Credit: Rex Features