Video: Gabby and coach Steve speak about the rehabilitation process needed to start working towards Tokyo 2020.

Olympic gymnastics hopeful, Gabby Jupp, has her sights set on Tokyo 2020 after narrowly missing out on Rio 2016.  Despite her setbacks Gabby remains optimistic for the future.

Gabby’s journey hasn’t been an easy one, recovering from two ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) tears in three years.

Gabby began training at Sapphire Gymnasts in Hemel Hempstead at the age of 12. Alongside her coach, Steven Price, she became the 2012 Junior British All-Around Champion.

Gabby Jupp Uneven Bars

In her first year as a senior Gabby defended her title becoming the Senior British All-Around Champion.  2013 continued to be a successful year for Gabby being chosen for the European Championship team in Moscow.

“I landed my layout and I heard a snap in my knee”
Gabby Jupp

During her beam routine in qualifiers she landed her dismount awkwardly causing her to fall to the ground in pain.

The injury was later reported to be an ACL tear in the left knee.  An ACL can be torn by a sudden or twisting movement.

Senior physiotherapist Gillian Phipps said: “It can be quite a serious injury, it depends how well you rehab it…it’s quite common if you have one ACL rupture to then rupture the other knee.”

Gabby said: “When I was on the beam I landed my layout and I heard a snap in my knee…I then went for a double pike and I heard an even bigger snap”.

Video: Coach, Steve talks about the moment Gabby tore her ACL.

Gabby returned to gymnastics in 2014 and was chosen to join the team travelling to compete at the World Championships in Nanning, China.  She continued to have a successful run being chosen to compete at the English Championships the following year.

While training in her home gym, she fell off bars.  Gabby said:  “I missed the bar and heard a snap in my knee. I think once you’ve done it once you just know you’ve done it again.”  She had torn the ACL in her right knee.

Gabby’s coach Steve said: “I gave her the option, she could call it a day…that didn’t go down too well, she burst into tears and said she wanted to go to Tokyo.”

Video: Gabby speaks about both of her ACL injuries and her hopes for the future.

With 2016 as Gabby’s goal for recovery, she continued to rehabilitate, within a year Gabby was back competing again.  She entered the 2016 Olympic trials up against a very strong British team.  Unfortunately, she narrowly missed out on the Olympic team but instead made first reserve.

“It was an emotional roller coaster”
Steve Price

During training for the Olympics in Rio, Ellie Downie injured herself – Gabby was called up to compete.  Bags packed and flight booked.  Downie was later cleared by doctors and given the green flag to compete.  Sadly Gabby’s Olympic hopes were over.

Coach, Steve said: “It was an emotional roller coaster, the highs and lows that she’d been through.”

Audio: Coach, Steve speaks about Gabby’s call up for Rio.

Gabby is now recovering from her most recent surgery on her foot to remove floating bones. Despite numerous set backs she is more determined than ever to go to the next Olympic games.

Gabby said: “I haven’t reached my goal so I will try to keep going because I think I would regret it if I didn’t try.”

Career Highlights:

  • 2010 Espoirs British Championships- Placed 2nd in all-around.
  • 2012 Junior British Championships all-around title as Junior British Champion.
  • 2012 Part of the junior team at the European Championships.
  • 2013 Senior British All-Around Champion.
  • Chosen for the 2013 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships team in Moscow.
  • Tore her left ACL while on beam at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Moscow.
  • Chosen to join the team travelling to compete at the World Championships in Nanning, China.
  • Chosen to compete at the English Championships in March 2015 but unfortunately suffered another ACL tear in her right leg.
  • Participated in the British Championships and won gold on the uneven bars.
  • Helped Team GB win silver at the European Championships.
  • Currently in rehabilitation for a foot injury.