Out of Retirement: A Little Gymnast Inspired by the 2016 Rio Olympics

If you’ve been following my blog, you might have read in past posts about Little T’s retirement from gymnastics after her old club decided to close and move further away from where we live.  I’m glad we didn’t listen to her and in spite that announcement (just in case she changes her mind), my husband still went on and searched for a club that’s nearer to us, luckily we’ve found one.

So why the sudden change of heart?  It’s the 2016 Rio Olympics of course!  I’m sure little T isn’t the only one who is being inspired by the courageous and admirable athletes in the probably (correct me if I’m wrong) most prestigious sporting event every four years.  While we haven’t been glued to the TV like some and have only seen a few games, like you guess it – gymnastics, it was enough to inspire the once retired little gymnast.

She’s also ticked pink that the American gymnast Simone Biles is little like her (standing at 4’8) and yet has won four gold medals and one bronze.  She loves that 16-year-old British gymnast Amy Tinkler won the bronze and has become the youngest Olympic medallist in 32 years.

Little T was also inspired by British trampolinist Bryony Page who won silver and is the first ever British trampolinist to win an Olympic medal and there’s also Matt Whitlock who won two golds in the current Olympics.

And because of all these fabulous gymnasts, little T has now come out of retirement and is looking forward to her new club come September and who knows, she might just win in the Olympics too 😉

Has your little one been inspired by the Olympics too?  Or perhaps you have?

Do share.


  1. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    I remember reading your post about her going Into retirement, it’s amazing that the Olympics have inspired her again. It’s great she has a new club and it’s not long till it starts.

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    • Thank you. I’m really glad she has decided to continue with her gymnastics, especially since I love the kind of discipline the sport has taught/is teaching her.

  2. Kim Carberry

    Both of my girls want to give gymnastics a go because of the Olympics and diving, dressage, cycling and weightlifting. lol
    It is great the the Olympics have inspired children to think about taking up sports or in your case restarting them 😀
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    • It’s lovely when it inspires them doesn’t it? Yes, I’m really pleased that the Olympics has inspired her again. x

  3. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    How fab that little T is continuing to do what she loves.
    I reckon a gold medalist is in the making 😉 x
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  4. Blessing | Luchi Bakes

    Aww this is just amazing! I know bbc have been promoting their get inspired page throughout the olympics & I’m glad it’s working. Good luck to little T as she carries it on

    • I didn’t know that the BBC has an “inspired page” will go and have a look.

  5. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Aw, it’s fab you’ve managed to find another group! We haven’t watched any of it to be honest, I think it’ll be different when Marianna’s older though. x
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    • I agree, they only really appreciate it and really know what’s happening when they’re older. x

  6. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    Oh doesn’t she look just adorable! The gymnastics is my favourite part of the olympics. I can’t even do a forward roll though.
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    • Same here. T likes to say “Let’s practice our hand stands mum!” as if I can do one 😉

  7. Ana De- Jesus

    Isn’t Simone amazing and when she got a visit from her crush Zac Efron that was so cute! I love that T is inspired by her.

    • She certainly is! I haven’t seen that visit by Zac Efron, must google 😉

  8. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Love that Little T has been inspired by the Olympics and has come out of retirement herself because of it! Who knows where her new-found enthusiasm will lead? 🙂
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  9. Fashion and Style Police

    Ah nice to see she is feeling inspired by the Olympics and out of retirement

  10. Thats lovely news, so glad that it has inspired her! Looking forward to watching her on the Olympics in a few years time. I am hoping my son will be into a sport of some sort when he gets older
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  11. I love the Olympics. It’s good to see the whole world coming together as a group and having fun while competing. It is good to see children inspired by the Olympics too. Maybe we’ll see her in the Olympics one day. Good luck T!!
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  12. kerry norris

    How wonderful that she’s continuing what she loves. You never know she could be on those olympics in years to come x

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