Pudsey Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson announces retirement

Pudsey's Nile WIlson. Image: Neil & Nile Vlogs under CC license

Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson, form Pudsey, has announced his retirement due to injury.

The 24-year-old became the first Briton to claim an Olympic medal on the horizontal bar at Rio 2016 and also has European, world and Commonwealth honours to his name.

In his statement on Instagram, he wrote: 

“I’ve been sat in my car trying to type this out for way over an hour. Today I hang up my hand guards and retire from the professional sport of gymnastics.

“Gymnastics you are the best sport in the world! You’re my first love, my addiction. You set me free, you gave me purpose and you gave me experiences I could not even have dreamed of! Unfortunately my body just couldn’t keep up and that’s okay. It is my time to move on and I can’t wait for the next chapter.

“Mum, dad and Joanna: thank you for your unconditional love and support. The highs, the lows, ALL of it has been incredible to have you by my side.”

Prior to the 2016 Olympic Games, Nile won his first major championship title at the European Championships, winning high bar gold. 


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