|Full name||Rebecca Downie|
|Country represented|| Great Britain
24 January 1992 |
Nottingham, United Kingdom
|Height||155 cm (5 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||53 kg (117 lb)|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||Senior international elite|
|Club||Notts Gymnastics Club|
|Head coach(es)||Jo Miller|
|Eponymous skills||stalder backwards on high bar with counter pike – reverse hecht over high bar to hang (uneven bars)|
Rebecca "Becky" Downie (born 24 January 1992 in Nottingham) is a British artistic gymnast who competed at the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a double European champion (2014 and 2016) and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion on the uneven bars.
Representing England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Downie contributed an all-around score of 54.100 to the English team's second-place finish and placed eighth in the all-around final with a score of 53.700. In event finals, she placed fifth on uneven bars, scoring 14.000, and third on balance beam, scoring 14.075.
At the 2008 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Clermont-Ferrand in early April, Downie contributed scores of 14.750 on vault, 15.375 on uneven bars, and 14.850 on balance beam to the British team's sixth-place finish. In event finals, she placed eighth on vault (13.500) and uneven bars (14.700). Later in April, she won a silver medal on bars at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Cottbus, with a score of 14.975.
In June, Downie competed at the British Championships in Guildford, where she won the all-around competition (59.650) and the uneven bars title (15.200) and placed fourth on balance beam (14.500). Afterwards, she was named to the British team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
In March, Downie placed fourth at the American Cup in Chicago with a score of 55.600. The following month, she competed at the 2009 European Championships in Milan, where she placed eleventh in the all-around final (55.075) and sixth on vault (14.025) and uneven bars (14.525).
At the World Cup event in Glasgow in May, she placed sixth on vault (12.925), second on uneven bars (14.600), and fifth on balance beam (13.300).
In July, she won the all-around at the British Championships in Guildford with a score of 56.100. In event finals, she placed second on vault, scoring 13.250; first on uneven bars, scoring 13.850; first on balance beam, scoring 14.900; and first on floor, scoring 13.750.
In April, Downie placed tenth on uneven bars (13.300) and ninth on balance beam (13.875) at the World Cup event in Paris. In May, at the 2010 European Championships in Birmingham, she contributed scores of 14.075 on vault, 14.350 on uneven bars, and 14.100 on balance beam to the British team's second-place finish, and placed fifth in the bars final with a score of 14.625.
Downie injured her Achilles tendon in January 2011 and was expected to be out of competition for the rest of the year. However, she was able to return in nine months. "I guess the key for my quick return was that I was backed 100 percent by a fantastic medical team, and rather than let myself get down about the injury, I just had to keep reminding myself of all the positives that could come from it," she said. "I took the opportunity to give my body a break which wouldn't have been possible without the injury, and then everything just moved so quickly."
At the beginning of June, Downie competed at an international friendly in Ipswich with gymnasts from Finland and Spain, which also served as Britain's second Olympic trial. She placed fourth on vault with a score of 14.100 and fourth on balance beam with a score of 13.450.
The British Championships in Liverpool at the end of June were the third and final trial to determine the British team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Downie did not compete on floor but scored 14.550 on vault, 14.25 on uneven bars, and 13.100 on balance beam. In event finals, she placed sixth on uneven bars with a score of 13.350 and second on balance beam with a score of 13.850. She did not make the Olympic team, but was named as an alternate.
At the 2013 European Championships, Downie qualified second into the uneven bars final with a score of 14.733, behind only reigning Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina. However, a fall in the final left her in seventh place with a score of 13.000.
Downie was a member of the British team that won a silver medal at the 2014 European Championships, after qualifying to the team final in first place. Individually, she won the uneven bars title—the second British woman to do so after Beth Tweddle—and finished fourth in the balance beam final.
In July, she won gold with the English team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, alongside teammates Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, Kelly Simm, and Hannah Whelan. She also won the uneven bars final with a score of 14.666; Harrold placed third. However, she fell twice in the balance beam final and was unable to finish her routine, resulting in a score of 9.833.
At the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, Downie performed well on bars and beam to help Britain qualify to the team final in fourth place: the highest ever qualification placement for a British women's team at a World Championships. She also qualified to the bars final in sixth place with a score of 15.166, and finished fifth in the final with the same score.
At the 2015 European Championships, Downie won silver medals on the uneven bars and balance beam. Later in the year, she helped Britain win its first-ever team World Championship medal in women's gymnastics, a bronze at the 2015 Championships in Glasgow.
Downie was named to the British team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—her second Olympics—alongside her younger sister Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, and Amy Tinkler. She entered the competition as a contender on uneven bars, but placed 10th in a packed field in qualifications and did not qualify to the final. However, the British team finished fifth, Britain's best Olympic result in women's gymnastics since 1928.
Downie competed on uneven bars and balance beam at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj-Napoca. She qualified to the bars final in fourth place with a score of 14.433, but in the final, she placed seventh with a score of 13.000 after falling on a release move and injuring her elbow. She withdrew from the beam final the next day because of the injury.
|Apparatus||Name||Description||Difficulty||When Added to Code of Points|
|Uneven Bars||Downie||Stalder backward on high bar with counter-pike reverse hecht over bar to hang||F||2010 Rotterdam World Championships|
|2008||GBR-FRA International Friendly||2nd||2nd||5th||1st||5th|
|Cottbus World Cup||2nd|
|Glasgow World Cup||6th||2nd||5th|
|British Team Championships||3rd|
|2010||Paris World Cup||10th||9th|
|British Team Championships||2nd|
|British Team Championships||3rd|
|Turnen Dames Interland||20th||2nd||2nd|
|Élite Gym Massilia||3rd|
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