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Olympic gymnast Louis Smith announces retirement

RETIRED: Louis Smith

SILVER MEDALLIST Louis Smith has announced his retirement from gymnastics at the age of 29.

Smith announced the news during an appearance on ITV's Lorraine, where he revealed why he was hanging up his leotard.

"Gym has given me everything. It gave me the tools necessary to channel my ADHD throughout my childhood, and as I grew up through the sport, I quickly found a purpose in life, and it has made me the person I am today.

"From a young age it became my dream to compete at an Olympic Games and represent Great Britain, so to have had the opportunity to do that on three separate occasions, and bring home four Olympic medals in the process, is something I will forever cherish and for which I am eternally grateful."

Smith represented Great Britain three times during the Olympics, also winning two bronze medals between 2008 and 2016.

Former GB team-mate Dan Keatings, paid tribute to Smith, saying: "You set the benchmark and made British gymnasts believe we can mix it with the best in the world.

"British gymnastics wouldn't be where it is now without you. You've achieved your dream winning multiple medals in all major competitions and can leave the sport with your head held high."

As he prepares for his career post-gymnastics, the Londoner will be starring in musical Rip it Up on London's West End in February and looks to be delving further into entertainment in the future.

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