Lauren Mitchell

                                                                                                                          

Mitchell – Australia’s most successful and decorated gymnast - fell in love with gymnastics at the age of six when she had a ‘Gymbus’ birthday party on a double-decker bus fitted with gym equipment and balloons. Joining her local PCYC in Perth, she was quickly snapped up by the WAIS high performance program shortly after.

From 2007, Mitchell started displaying her great potential, finishing an impressive fifth on Beam at the 2007 World Championships, and then went on to collect silver and bronze on Beam and Floor at the World Cup in Stuttgart.

In 2008, she was selected to represent Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games, where she helped Australia reach its best ever Olympic team result to finish sixth however surprisingly failed to qualify for the Beam final.

At the end of 2008, the West Australian teenager made amends and created history by becoming the first Australian female gymnast to win a World Cup final, defeating a stellar field on the Beam in Madrid, Spain.

Her great run continued in 2009. Taking out the Australian All Around title, she was automatically selected for the World Championships team.

Lauren became the toast of Australian gymnastics following the 2009 World Championships. At London’s O2 Arena, she had an outstanding World Championships campaign winning silver on Beam and Floor and only narrowly missed out on a medal in the women's All Around final finishing in fourth place by just 0.025. Creating another slice of history, Mitchell became the first Australian woman to medal in an individual apparatus final at a World Championships, and the only Australian to win two medals in the same competition.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Lauren won gold medals in the Team, All Around, Uneven Bars and Beam competitions, and claimed silver on Floor. She continued her winning streak at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam where she made Australian Women's Artistic Gymnastics history by becoming the World Champion on Floor.

In 2012, Lauren was selected to represent Australia at her second Olympic Games where she finished fifth in the Floor final.

Lauren returned to competition for the first time since the London Olympic Games in March 2014 when she competed at the World Challenge Cup in Doha. Full of confidence following the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships, Lauren was excited to once again represent Australia on the world stage at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won two silver medals.

Initially planning to join the team for the World Gymnastics Championships in Nanning – and preparing for retirement – Mitchell suffered twin ankle injuries which eventually prolonged her career.

After winning gold on the Floor in the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships, Mitchell unfortunately sustained a knee injury in training for the World Universiade Games. 

 

QUICK FACTS

Birthplace: Perth
Occupation: Student
Nickname: Loz
Sporting motto: Success is the sum of small efforts, added up everyday
Most admired sportsperson: Cheng Fei
Favourite sports team: West Coast Eagles
Favourite music: Birds of Tokyo, Rufus
Favourite movie: Harry Potter

TRAINING INFORMATION

Age began gymnastics and reason for starting: 6, it looked fun
First Club: Claremont PCYC
First Coach: Julia
Current Club: National Centre of Excellence (Western Australia)
Current Coach: Martine George & Nikolai Lapchine
Best apparatus: Floor
Favourite skill: Front Aerial
Most difficult skill to learn: Anything on Bars!

MOST SIGNIFICANT

Best National Performance: 2011 Australian Championships
Best International Performance: 2010 World Championships
Best Gymnastics Moment: 2010 World Championships Gold Medal on Floor

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Year Jun/Snr
Team
AA
VT
UB
BB
FX
2016 Senior 2nd
- - - 1st
3rd
2015 Senior -
-
-
- 4th
1st
2014 Senior - - - - 3rd 1st
2013 Senior - Did not compete
N/A 1st 1st - 1st 1st
2012 Senior 3rd - =4th - 1st 1st
2011 Senior N/A 1st 1st - 1st 1st
2010 Senior - Did not compete - - - - - -
2009 Senior
-
1st
-
1st
1st
1st
2008 Senior
2nd
4th
-
7th
2nd
4th
2007 Senior
1st
2nd
11th
=5th
1st
2nd
2006 Senior - Did not compete
-
-
-
-
-
-
2005 Junior
-
7th
-
8th
7th
7th

INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Year Event
Team
AA
VT
UB
BB
FX
2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, POR - - - - 3rd (Q) -
2014 Commonwealth Games, SCO 2nd - - - 6th 2nd
2014 Korea Cup, KOR N/A - - - 4th
2014 World Challenge Cup, QAT  N/A - - - - 4th
2012 London 2012 Olympic Games, GBR 11th - - - 20th 5th
2012 Zibo World Cup, CHN N/A - - - 3rd 1st
2012 Pacific Rim Championships, USA 4th - - - 5th 5th
2012 Gymnix International, CAN 1st - - - 1st 1st
2011 DTB World Cup, GER 2nd 4th - 4th 4th 2nd
2011 World Championships, JPN 6th 8th - -  - 5th
2011 Moscow World Cup, RUS N/A N/A N/A 7th N/A N/A
2011 Paris World Cup, FRA N/A N/A N/A N/A 4th N/A
2011 Germany World Cup, GER 2nd 4th N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011 American Cup, USA N/A 6th N/A N/A N/A N/A
2010 DTB Pokal World Cup, GER - - - 1st 1st 1st
2010 World Championships, NED 6th 6th - 36th 4th 1st
2010 Commonwealth Games, IND 1st 1st - 1st 1st 2nd
2009 World Championships, GBR
-
4th
-
-
2nd
2nd
2008 World Cup Final, SPA
-
1st
-
2nd
2nd
5th
2008 World Cup Final, SPA
-
-
-
-
1st
-
2008 Beijing Olympic Games, CHN
6th
68th
-
-
57th
17th
2008 Moscow World Cup, RUS
-
-
-
5th
5th
9th
2008 Pacific Alliance, USA
4th
=7th
15th
4th
=9th
10th
2008 Friendship Classic, USA
-
2nd
3rd
3rd
1st
1st
2007 Olympic Test Event, CHN
-
4th
-
-
2nd
-
2007 DTB - Stuggart, GER
-
-
-
4th
2nd
3rd
2007 World Championships, GER
11th
37th
113th
113th
5th
28th
2007 Australia v Japan, AUS
1st
3rd
9th
9th
2nd
2nd
2007 Australia v China Apparatus Challenge, AUS
1st
-
-
-
=6th
3rd
2007 Stella Zakharova Cup, UKR
6th
3rd
-
5th
2nd
7th
2007 WOGA Classic, USA
2nd
4th
-
-
2nd
=3rd
2007 Chicago Style, USA
-
15th
21st
17th
9th
21st

MAJOR EVENT HISTORY

Commonwealth Games: 2010, 2014
World Championships: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 (Inj)
Olympic Games: 2008, 2012