An introduction to…The European Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Historic: British gymnast Ellie Downie made history at this year's European Championships in Romania where she won 4 medals, including a gold in the all-around

The stars of European gymnastics are currently on their way back from Canada, following an enthralling 2017 World Championships which saw 19 out of 36 medals awarded to European nations.

Their attention now turns to next year’s European Artistic Gymnastics Championships which will be staged at The SSE Hydro as part of the first-ever multi-sport Glasgow 2018.

Over 600 of the best gymnasts on the continent will compete in Scotland between August 2 - August 12, 2018. Tickets start from just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (excluding fees) BUY HERE.

This year’s European Gymnastics Championships were held in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca and saw stunning performances from the likes of World & Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias (Rings) and 17-year-old Russian stalwart Angelina Melnikova. British Gymnastics also had a competition to remember, winning six medals in total – including gold for Ellie Downie in the women’s all-around.

Here are SEVEN useful nuggets of information that will help to introduce you to the UEG European Gymnastics Championships...

HISTORYBoth the men and women’s European Championships are over 60 years old. The first ever men’s event took place in Frankfurt in 1955 with a women’s event starting two years later in Bucharest.

OLYMPIANSMore than 270 gymnasts competed at this year’s European Championships, including Olympic Champions like Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias, Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev and Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands.

ODD AND EVEN NUMBERED YEARSEuropean gymnastics’ showpiece event takes place annually, with some small differences every two years. Even-numbered years – such as at Glasgow 2018 - see the inclusion of a team and junior event, while odd-numbered years are dedicated to individual contests with the addition of an all-round competition.

EUROPE WIDE - The European Gymnastics Championships have been staged in 23 different countries across the continent. Glasgow will become only the second UK city – after Birmingham - to host both men and women’s events at the 2018 European Championships.

COMANECI’S (ALMOST) CLEAN SWEEP - The European Artistic Gymnastics Championships have seen many remarkable performances over the years, none more so than that of Romanian Nadia Comaneci back in 1975. At just 13-years-old the bold Nadia stole the show in Norway, winning every event but the floor exercise (where she still managed second!). Unsurprisingly, Nadia went on to become one of the most accomplished gymnasts of all-time and was an ambassador for the 2017 Championships in her home country.

FUTURE STARS – As well as welcoming the elite athletes, Glasgow 2018 will also play host a the junior event which is included in even-numbered years. This has traditionally been used as a launch-pad for many great gymnasts over the years, including the UK’s Nile Wilson who clinched five gold medals in Sofia in 2014 and finished 6th in the all-around at last week's World Championships.

ONE SPORT, VARIOUS EVENTS During European Championships, male gymnasts will compete for titles across several events including Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar. Female gymnasts will compete on the Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor. Gymnasts hoping to win more than one medal – or aiming for a team or all-round win – must master various skills and techniques to succeed in different events.

Your next chance to see Great Britain and Europe’s best gymnasts compete is at the 2018 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships which are coming to Scotland as part of Glasgow 2018. Around 600 of the best male, female and junior gymnasts on the continent will battle it out at the SSE Hydro to become Champions of Europe. Secure your tickets now

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