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Louis Smith Credit: Szwarc Henri/ABACA/Press Association Images

Louis Smith: The three time Olympic Medalist lives in Peterborough. His event is the pommel horse. He says can't wait to get back out there and represent Team England

Rebecca Downie Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Rebecca Downie: Becky lives and trains in Nottingham. She's a European champion and already has two Commonwealth Games medals. She's been the British senior women's all round champion twice and is particularly strong on beam and bars. She's 22.

Mimi Isabella Cesar Credit: Chris Radburn for Glasgow 2014

Mimi Isabella Cesar: Mimi Isabella Cesar lives and trains in Birmingham. She's in the Rhythmic Gymnastics team. She's pictured here carrying the Queen's Baton through Ward End park in Birmingham

Sam Oldham Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

Sam Oldham: Sam is from Nottingham but trains in Loughborough and Lilleshall NSC in Staffordshire. He got a high bar silver medal at the 2013 European Championships and high bar and rings bronze at the 2014 British Championships. He's also an Olympic team bronze medallist.

Kristian Thomas Credit: DIRK WAEM/Belga/Press Association Images

Kristian Thomas: Kristian is from Wolverhampton and trains there and at Lilleshall NSC in Staffordshire. He was a member of the team that won Bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games and gold at 2013 World Championship.


Midlands bronze medallist: Twitter "not worth the risk" pre-tournament

Louis Smith's Twitter feed Credit: Central News

Ignoring Twitter is probably the best policy when you are trying to win an Olympic medal, gymnast Louis Smith from Peterborough advised today.

Smith, who stopped tweeting before his qualification competition, said: "There are just tweets that you do not want to see.

"It is just that one message. You can get a hundred nice ones but there is that one message that you do not want to see - so that is why I took the decision to stop tweeting (before my competition).

"It is not worth the risk - just concentrate on what you need to do and that is to perform at the Olympic Games and not to engage with everyone else."


Nottinghamshire gymnast Sam Oldham celebrates bronze win

Sam Oldham, who's 19 and from Keyworth in Nottinghamshire, celebrated his historic bronze medal win in the gymnastics and thanked his fans on twitter last night.

It's the first time in more than a century Team GB have won a team medal in Gymnastics.

Sam along with his team mates Louis Smith from Peterborough, Kristian Thomas from Wolverhampton, Max Whitlock, and Daniel Purvis, narrowly missed out on a silver medal after a judging error put them ahead of the Japanese before they appealed the final score.

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Peterborough gymnast heads to China for World Cup Series

Louis lives in Peterborough and trains at the Olympic Gym in Huntingdon Credit: ITV

Louis Smith has been given the all-clear to compete in this weekend's World Cup Series event in China despite suffering a fractured finger.

The British gymnast is set to travel on Wednesday to Zibo, where he will face pommel horse world champion Krisztian Berki at the competition which takes place this weekend.

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