Ivan Stretovich training for Tokyo

… Surgeries, growth spurt and coaching issues were among the obstacles he had to overcome to become a part of the gold-winning Russian team in Stuttgart. …

… I changed coaches, that was the most important thing. … now I’m with Vitaly Nikolayevich Bubnovsky [who coached Aleksander Balandin]. He believed in me, he got me to such a place where I’m ready to go out and compete at any moment. …

Under his coaching, only after a month of training, I went to the Universiade in Naples and won four medals. After that, there was the training camp in Japan and right after, the Russian Cup and the second place in the all-around. …

… We started working together in June, only four months have passed, but the work has changed radically, from warming up to the second practice. I started paying attention to every little thing …

STRETOVICH: I NEEDED TO FALL INTO A WASTE PIT TO BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION

Ivan Stretovich 2016

Sam Oldham’s story

Former Team GB gymnast Sam Oldham is gunning for one last shot at Olympic glory – this is his story

… Oldham is out of Team GB and hasn’t competed at major championships in several years, yet he remains focused on making a surge for a place in the squad for Tokyo. …

“On paper, right now I’m in the worst possible place I’ve been in. I’m 26, not in the GB squad right now, my funding got dropped, I’m actually living with my grandparents. …

Sam Oldham on Team GB Olympic glory and frustrations, his battle with depression and the road to Tokyo 2020

Sam Oldham, GBR 2010

RSA’s Caitlin Rooskrantz to Tokyo

Congratulations to the South African star. Cheer her at the Olympics.