Win a commemorative London 2012 gymnastics coin


In October the Royal Mint (UK) launched a set of commemorative coins as lasting mementos of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The gymnastics coin, which features a rhythmic gymnast, is one of 29 designs that represent the 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports to be contested during the Games.

The lovely people at the Royal Mint have given me some of the Gymnastics 50p coin packs to give away to readers of Full Twist. If you’d like to win, all you have to do is answer the following question:

What is your favourite or most memorable gymnastics moment from any Olympics?

One of my favourite moments will always be the Magnificent 7 at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

When you’ve had time to think about  it, either leave a comment below or on the Full Twist Facebook page (you can post videos there too). The competition is open to every gymnastics fan in any country. Can’t wait to hear about your favourite memories!

Winners will be picked at random and announced on Friday December 10th.


  1. Ashlee says:

    My favorite moment in Olympic history was Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson going 1-2 in the AA in Bejing 2008!

  2. Ange says:

    Being Canadian i would have to say Kyle Shewfelt winning a gold medal on floor for Canada in Athens.

  3. Kristal S. Boulden says:

    Hey Katie,
    Great contest! But how can we pick just one favorite?! 🙂

    One of my favorite Olympic gymnastics moments is Lilia Podkopayeva winning the floor gold medal in 1996. Her all around victory was spectular (and historic) but to win gold in an event final in addition to gold in the all around is a rare feat in gymnastics. Lilia’s performance was the perfect combination of elegance and athleticism and, to me, epitomizes the sport of artistic gymnastics. She won because she not only had difficult tumbling (including her own skill) but also balletic, captivating dance. One of the greatest gymnasts of all time!


  4. Tommy Stark says:

    My favorite memory would have to be the gold medal winning high bar performance of American Trent Dimas in the 1992 Olympic Games.

  5. JD says:

    During the 1972 Olympics, my love of the sport began after seeing Olga Korbut’s captivating performance on floor.

  6. Megan says:

    Mag 7 winning the 1996 Olympic gold. 14 years later,it’s still very special to me. it made me fall more in love with gymnastics than i already was 🙂

  7. The Soviet team winning their last gold medals under the name of “The Unified Team” in Barcelona 1992. It was both great and sad for me.

    Thanks! 😀

  8. Kate says:

    I remember watching Carly Patterson’s beam routines in 2004 and marveling at just how calm she looked – this was before I knew anything about gymnastics and I just kept saying “she’s the only one on that thing who doesn’t make me nervous.” Then I saw her floor routine and remember thinking “Maybe she shouldn’t be dancing.”

  9. MS says:

    The 2004 Men’s AA scoring saga will always be memorable in how it called attention to the flaws in the judging of the sport. Paul Hamm is certainly the champion and deserved the gold medal, but moments like that always make you wonder “what if?”

  10. Vicky says:

    One of my favourite Olympic moments would have to be Ling Jie’s beam routine at the 2000 Olympics. While it wasn’t perfect, the unusual elements certainly made up for it! Her Onoidi was brilliant as well.

  11. Kate says:

    My favourite olympic moment is carly patterson sticking her beam dismount double arabian in AA finals 2004. It was such a sure stick and she was obviously so overjoyed and proud. So many gymnasts look so nervous and worried (especially with one piece still to compete) that they look like they’ve forgotten the pride they should have over all they have achieved in getting to that moment.

  12. Irene says:

    The Lili-pod’s winning floor routine in the 1996 all-round competition. I think we all fell a little bit in love with her the second she started ‘conducting’. Beautiful, charming, and so graceful.

  13. Aster says:

    Shawn Johnson winning the beam gold during the 2008 olympics!

  14. Kate says:

    That’s easy! Kerri Strug’s vault in Atlanta. It’s my first gymnastics memory, so it means that much more.

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