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British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

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Gymnastics is in my blood. I'm addicted, says Beth Tweddle

Gymnastics has come on in leaps and bounds since Russian elfin Olga Korbut stunned the world 38 years ago, demonstrating how thin the line is between sport and showbiz. Never more so than last Saturday when its theatrical potential was captured by a 13-strong group of acrobats from Spelthorne in Surrey who won ITV's Britain's Got Talent with a performance that was, well, spellbinding.

George Nissen: Inventor of the trampoline

In 1930, the 16-year-old George Nissen watched in awe as trapeze artists performed their daring stunts at a travelling circus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Seeing them dismount at the end of their routines, dropping from their swinging bars and bouncing into a safety net below set the keen gymnast and swimmer thinking about how the performers' act would be even more spectacular if they could continue bouncing and doing more tricks.

Gymnastics: Golden double for flawless Tweddle

Beth Tweddle claimed two gold medals in an hour at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham yesterday. She won uneven bars and floor gold medals in Milan 12 months ago and successfully defended both titles at the National Indoor Arena.

Gymnastics: Keatings claims Euro gold as GB hit new heights

Daniel Keatings gave further evidence of Britain's emergence into the top rank of gymnastic nations leading a home one-two at the European Championships in Birmingham yesterday.

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Daniel Keatings: 'I'm always thinking of 2012. It's time for my sport to take the spotlight'

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Chris Addison, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Fine stand-up is back in the loop

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Shaun Bailey: An entire generation left out of the economy

The employment figures released yesterday are not a huge surprise. We've had a massive bailout of the banks and huge amounts of money injected into the economy. But what is lost in all this are the personal tragedies of recession. The development of a whole generation is being stunted. They will enter work much later, if at all, and the longer they spend out of work the less they are developing personally.

European Championship dreams for the Great Britain Group for Rythmic Gymnastics

Sarah Binding coaches Rhythmic Gymnastics at the National Group Training Centre for the South West and Midlands at Bath University and hopes to win flights so the Great Britain Group for Rhythmic Gymnastics can compete at the European Championships in Germany next year

Tweddle to defy passage of time

The world champion does not have age on her side but, she tells Robin Scott-Elliot, winning the title in London makes her more determined to hold back the years until 2012

Tweddle bounces back to claim gold

Beth Tweddle hailed her gold medal at the gymnastics world championships in London yesterday as the biggest achievement of her career.

Snowboarding: A Rude awakening

How do you find the perfect board? Go on a winter break where the chalet owners let you try as many of them as you like, says Matt Carroll

Gymnastics: Keatings stays cool to claim 'dream' medal

Daniel Keatings made history as he claimed Britain's first all-around medal at the Gymnastics World Championships with a stunning silver at London's O2 Arena last night.

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