Title

Notre Dame Biomedical student finalist at 2012 Olympic Games

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 8-9-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Notre Dame Biomedical Science student and World Champion gymnast, Lauren Mitchell, has been successful in reaching the final of the floor routine at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Ms Mitchell finished fifth with a final score of 14.833 – just 0.067 points from a medal position. Her routine received a score of 6.4 for difficulty, the second highest of the competition.

One of Australia's shining lights in gymnastics, Ms Mitchell made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China. Since then, she has claimed a World Championship crown, four Commonwealth Games gold medals and numerous national titles and World Cup medals.

In her preparation for the 2012 Olympics, she took out the 2011 Australian Championships in the all around, beam, floor and vault and began her Olympic year with a gold medal in the floor at the World Cup event in Zibo, China.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said the University community had been watching Ms Mitchell's performance in the Games closely and was proud of her efforts in the final.

"Lauren's placing in the world's top five is just amazing. She is truly inspirational as an athlete and is a wonderful role model for young Australians," Professor Hammond said.

"We look forward to continuing to support her with her studies and love of gymnastics." American, Alexandra Raisman, took out the gold medal ahead of Romanian, Catalina Ponor, and Russian, Aliya Mustafina.

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