Yuri van Gelder

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Yuri van Gelder
Yuri van Gelder 2008-1.jpg
Van Gelder in 2008.
Personal information
Nickname(s)Lord of the Rings
Country represented Netherlands
Born (1983-04-20) April 20, 1983 (age 35)
Waalwijk, North Brabant, Netherlands
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
ClubFlik-Flak 's-Hertogenbosch
Eponymous skillsFrom planche, lower horizontally and slowly to hanging scale rw. and press to swallow (2 s.) or from swallow same to planche or planche to planche.[1]

Yuri van Gelder (born 20 April 1983) is a Dutch gymnast, whose best discipline is the rings. His nickname is "Lord of the Rings".


Born in Waalwijk, Netherlands, Van Gelder took the gold in the men's rings at the 2005 European Championships held in Debrecen, Hungary. He became world champion in the same discipline at the 2005 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, Australia. He won bronze at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. At the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, he won a silver medal.[2]


On July 13, 2009, he revealed that he used cocaine three days before the Dutch championships in Rotterdam. Van Gelder said he very much regretted his "lapse" and called himself "incredibly stupid". He has since had to return his national championship gold medal, and was suspended by the Dutch Gymnastics Union.[3] IOC regulations implied that because of the suspension he would not be admitted to the Olympic Games in 2012. He was also fired from his job with the Dutch military, as they have a 'zero tolerance' drugs policy.[4]

He was pulled out of the 2010 Worlds a few days before start, with the team citing personal medical reasons and refusing to answer questions about drugs.[5]

In 2011, there was an appeal, by LaShawn Merritt, at the CAS against the general rule that after a suspension the athlete is not allowed to participate in the next Olympic Games. The appeal was granted and thereby Van Gelder still had a chance to qualify. For this, he had to achieve a good result at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, but he was unsuccessful.

2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Van Gelder performing at the Olympics in the qualification

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he reached the finals on rings. On August 8, 2016 (one week before the finals), he was dismissed from the Dutch team as a disciplinary measure, because against team rules he had not returned to the Olympic Village until early the next morning after consuming alcohol off-premises.[6] As a variation on his nickname "lord of the rings", the Dutch media immediately referred to Van Gelder as "lord of the drinks".[7] A request of a preliminary injunction requiring that the National Olympic Committee would attempt to reinstate Van Gelder's position in the finals was rejected.[8]


  1. ^ Men’s Artistic Gymnastics 2017 Code Of Points – FIG, page 87
  2. ^ Yuri van Gelder haalt zilver op WK. Retrieved 2007-09-09
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Stouwdam, Henk (2009-07-13). "Dutch_gymnast_Yuri_van_Gelder_tests_positive_for_cocaine". Nrc.nl. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  5. ^ "International Gymnast Magazine Online - Dutch Pull Van Gelder from Rotterdam". Intlgymnast.com. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  6. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Yuri van Gelder sent home after drinking on night out". BBC. August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "RTL Nieuws - Yuri 'Lord of the Drinks' mikpunt van spot". RTLNieuws.nl. 2016-09-08.
  8. ^ ECLI:NL:RBGEL:2016:4504, Court of Gelderland, 12 August 2016

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Preceded by
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Dutch Sportsman of the year
Succeeded by
Theo Bos