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Louis Smith is a gymnast competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Great Britain. He is the 2008 Olympic pommel horse bronze medalist and a three-time world medalist (pommel horse).

He typically competes just one event, but on that event Louis Smith is one of the best in the world. Smith is the reigning Olympic bronze medalist on the pommel horse and has won three world medals including a bronze at the most recent world championships in London.

Smith's pommel horse routine helped Great Britain qualify a men's team entry for its home Olympic Games in 2012…but it wasn't easy. At the first qualifying event, 2011 Worlds in Tokyo, Great Britain had a disastrous day in qualifying and did not make the men's team finals and thus did not earn their spot at the Games (though Smith performed well on his signature event). "We don't really fancy cancelling Christmas, but if that's what we have to do, we have to do it," Smith said afterwards. The British men trained over the holidays and at the second and final opportunity to qualify, the London Test Event in January 2012, they won team competition and booked a spot at the Olympic Games. (Louis also won the individual pommel horse gold medal at the test event.)

At the 2008 Beijing Games, Smith became the first British gymnast to win an individual medal at the Olympics since 1908 when Walter Tysall won a silver medal. He was the first Brit to win a medal since the women's team won bronze in 1928. "I was emotional, scared and nervous. It was absolutely unbelievable," Smith told the BBC after claiming the bronze medal on pommel horse.

Despite being a one event specialist, Smith sees himself as one of the leaders on the British team. "I feel like I can offer a bit of experience to the team," he says. "Because I only do pommel horse, I can be a bit of a cheerleader on the way around, keep the atmosphere going. If someone's made a mistake, I can talk to them. Say, 'Look, we're a team. We'll pick you up.'"

The most visible ink is on Smith's back where he has "What I deserve I earn" tattooed. "That's something I'll tell my kids and their kids. Nothing's ever handed to you in life," he says. Smith added "RIP Nan" after his grandmother passed away in 2009. "It's kind of like a little story," he says. "All the little bits I pick up along the way, all the little motivations, the things I don't want to forget in life, get put on my back. I have a little journey going."

Smith's grandomther passed away in late September 2009, just two weeks before the 2009 World Championships at home in London. Smith got the bad news while he was at a training camp in Greece. "A lot of people said, 'You don't have to compete,' but I couldn't just pull out on my teammates. It's not what my Nan would have wanted." Smith competed and finished eighth on the pommel horse. He had a close relationship with his grandmother. "She was massively supportive," Smith says. "Whenever I complained from trianing, she didn't want to hear it. I used to talk to her on the phone at the Olympics Games and stuff."

He was the lead singer for a band called Sport Relief and auditioned for "The X Factor" in Great Britain.

Smith began gymnastics at the age of four. His mother sent him to gymnastics to get his energy levels down. "I'd go from gymnastics to football and the next day basketball. Gymnastics was the one I progressed in." Has an older brother and says he gets his competitive drive from always wanting to beat him, whether at gymnastics or computer games. Smith hails from Peterborough, England. Half family lives in Peterborough, and the other half in Jamaica.


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Age: 27 years old
Birthday: April 22, 1989
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birthplace: Peterborough, England, Great Britain
Current Residence: Peterborough, England, Great Britain

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