ARCHIVE | A look back at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro
It’s exactly two years to the day since the 2015 FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships got underway at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, marking the start of one of the greatest occasions in the history of the sport.
World-class gymnastics competition will return to the SSE Hydro next August as part of Glasgow 2018 when over 600 of the continent’s best gymnasts will compete in the 2018 European Gymnastics Championships.
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The 2015 World Championships were praised by athletes, officials and fans as one of the best sporting events to have taken place in Scotland. A fantastic display by British Gymnastics – including a historic gold for Max Whitlock – only added to the electric atmosphere.
Speaking at the closing press conference for the event, Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) President, Professor Bruno Grandi said: “I believe Glasgow was super. Thank you very much. Thank you because gymnastics needed to be organised like this. Gymnastics is a beautiful sport.
“You look at the presentation and the gymnast has become the protagonist. They have been at the centre of the sport. Times before, we have forgotten this as a sport. In Glasgow, with this presentation, I believe it has been better here than at the Olympic Games.
“We have become, with Glasgow, professional. I hope today continues in the same mood as the rest of the event and we will have had one of the best, maybe the best, World Championships.”
Glasgow’s SSE Hydro was pivotal in creating a successful championships, breaking with convention to provide the one of the finest venues in 46 editions of the Artistic Championships. As well as an ‘in-the-round’ field of play, innovations included the majestic ‘Mega Wall’ screen and an eye-catching podium design, both of which placed an incredible 55,341 paying spectator at the heart of the action over 10 days of top class competition. With delegations, media, sponsors and guests, the total attendance number was in excess of 70,000.
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