Imogen Cairns on the Floor Exercise

Imogen Cairns is a long-time member of the British Women’s National Team. Im, as she is lovingly known in the British Gymnastics world, was two-time British Junior National Champion (2003-2004), and finished 4th All-Around at this year’s Senior National Championships, also taking the titles on Vault and Floor Exercise.

2006 and 2007 plagued Imogen with injuries, leaving her out of top international events such as the World Championships. Before her injuries in 2006, Cairns finished 4th All-Around at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, as well as 1st on the Vault and 2nd with the English team. Her 4th place All-Around finish was higly debated in British Gymnastics circles, as a long wait followed Hollie Dykes’ final routine, which British Gymnastics officials claim was needed for the judges to figure out what score to give Dykes to ensure a Bronze medal finish. Making matters worse, Imogen was solid on every piece of apparatus, where Dykes fell on ALL pieces.

In 2008, Cairns made a serious comeback to Elite level gymnastics. She made tentative appearances at the Maribor World Cup in Slovenia, counting falls and missteps all along the way, but redeemed herself at a dual meet between Great Britain and Romania, nailing a beautiful Balance Beam routine.

Also in 2008, Cairns won the Vault and Floor Exercise at the British Senior National Championships, performing a unique and beautiful Floor Exercise routine.

Initially named First Alternate to the British Olympic Team, this week Imogen was named to the team after the withdrawal of Laura Jones, who had to pull out due to injury. This gives Imogen her first Olympics apperance, with a chance to get into the finals on the Vault, and perhaps maybe even the Floor Exercise if she hits.

Imogen Cairns- I wish you the best of luck in your quest for Olympic Glory.

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