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Lauren Mitchell
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Full name: Lauren Mitchell
Country Represented:  Australia
Date of birth: July 23, 1991 (1991-07-23) (age 18)
Place of birth: Subiaco, Australia
Hometown: Perth, Australia
Discipline: Women's artistic gymnastics
Level: Senior

Lauren Mitchell (born July 23, 1991, in Subiaco, Western Australia) is an Australian artistic gymnast. She is the 2009 World Championships silver medalist on balance beam and floor. Mitchell is only the second Australian woman gymnast to win medals at a World Championships.[1] She currently trains at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.

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2007

In 2007, her first year as a Senior Gymnast, she was the Australian Balance Beam Champion. Mitchell competed at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships where the Australian team finished a disappointing 11th in the preliminary competition. However, Mitchell qualified for the Balance Beam event final, where she placed a very respectable 5th, equalling Monette Russo as Australia's highest ever finisher in a Balance Beam World Final [2]. Mitchell later stated that she was nervous prior to the final, but pretended she was in training to calm her nerves[3].

After her strong showing at her debut World Championships, Lauren went on to compete in several international events. At the DTB Cup in Germany, she won a Silver Medal on Beam and a Bronze medal on floor [4]. She followed this up at the Good Luck Beijing event held at what will be the venue for the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won the silver medal on the balance beam in what was a very competitive line up [5].

2008

She competed for Australia in the women's artistic team all-around event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[1]

In December 2008 Mitchell became the first Australian gymnast to win a gold medal at a World Cup final when she won gold on the balance beam in Madrid.[6] She would also, technically, hold the title indefinitely as the World Cup Final series was since disbanded.

2009

In July 2009, Lauren took first place in the all-around at the Australian National Championships in Perth with a score of 112.325 to claim her first national title.[7] She also won titles on uneven bars,[8] balance beam,[9] and floor exercise[10] convincingly. After two successful days of trial competition in Canberra, including a new Yurchenko double vault, Lauren was named to the 2009 London World Championships team. She is slated to compete on all four apparatus as all-around qualification and has a good chance to make beam or floor finals. She currently attends Iona Presentation College, Mosman Park.

In October at the 2009 London World Championships, Mitchell finished fourth all-around[11] by only 0.025, which was especially disappointing since she took a 0.1 deduction on floor for stepping out of bounds.[11] Mitchell rallied during the apparatus finals by winning two silver medals, the highest placing of any Australian gymnast at a World level. She won the silver on balance beam with a score of 14.825, .125 behind Deng Linlin, and won silver on floor with a score of 14.550, .100 behind Beth Tweddle.

References

  1. ^ a b "Lauren Mitchell Profile". http://www.gymnastics.org.au/?ID=3381. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  2. ^ Lauren Mitchell matches Australia's best finish | The Courier-Mail
  3. ^ Lauren Mitchell equals Australia's best showing | Herald Sun
  4. ^ 25th International DTB-Cup 2007
  5. ^ Mitchell wins silver in Beijing event - Breaking News - Sport - Breaking News
  6. ^ "Lauren Mitchell wins World Cup Medal". http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,24801460-5005401,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  7. ^ "Senior - All Around Results" (PDF). http://www.gymnastics.org.au/site/gymnastics/national/downloads/pdfiles/results/2009%20wag%20nationals/SnrAA.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  8. ^ "Senior - Uneven Bar Results" (PDF). http://www.gymnastics.org.au/site/gymnastics/national/downloads/pdfiles/results/2009%20wag%20nationals/SnrUB.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  9. ^ "Senior - Beam Results" (PDF). http://www.gymnastics.org.au/site/gymnastics/national/downloads/pdfiles/results/2009%20wag%20nationals/SnrBB.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  10. ^ "Senior - Floor Results" (PDF). http://www.gymnastics.org.au/site/gymnastics/national/downloads/pdfiles/results/2009%20wag%20nationals/SnrFX.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  11. ^ a b "Mitchell misses bronze medal by 0.025". http://www.gymnastics.org.au/?Page=14324. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  

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