Raising expectations

Sky Sports Scholarships - Sam Oldham feels public expects more of British gymnasts since Olympics


Last Updated: 21/10/13 9:13am

Sam Oldham: Believes more is expected of British gymnasts since the success at London 2012

Sam Oldham: Believes more is expected of British gymnasts since the success at London 2012

Sam Oldham believes that there is more pressure on British gymnasts that ever before on the back of their recent success.

The Nottingham-born gymnast was part of the Great Britain team that won bronze at London 2012 and have achieved further success since individually.

For Oldham it has been a steep learning curve having only stepped up to the senior ranks after the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and the difference is considerable.

"To go from being a junior straight to doing senior stuff, there's elements in the junior rules that you're not allowed to do as a senior so you have to learn them very quickly," he explained.

Sky Scholar Sam Oldham is hoping for more medal success ahead of the Commonwealth Games after winning a team bronze at London 2012.

"I went from doing the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 to a month later travelling with the (senior) team to a Worlds in Rotterdam. It is a massive step."


Before the London Olympics, Oldham acknowledges that only one or two British gymnasts were expected to succeed in major competitions. However, since the Games, that has all changed.

"Before it was always Beth (Tweddle) and then Louis (Smith) came along and got his medal in Beijing," Said Oldham. "We experienced the pressure Louis was under and the expectation he had for the whole of that four years and then leading into that cycle.

"Going into 2012, obviously, no one was expecting us to get a medal as a team, so the majority of the pressure was on Louis.

"Now since we did get that medal as a team and earlier in the year we've been and got individual success, there is that pressure every time you step up on to that podium. You go to a major championship because people are expecting you to win medals."