Sam Oldham is a young and talented British gymnast who has just won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sam competes in the ‘all-around’ discipline which involves mastering all of the individual apparatus: Floor, High Bar, Vault, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars and Rings. It is the most demanding event of all in artistic gymnastics and Sam has his eyes firmly set on laying down a marker in the world of gymnastics.
Sam has an incredible aptitude and began his sporting career at the age of eight, playing football at the Nottingham County Football Club’s Centre of Excellence and also receiving offers from Nottingham Forest and Derby County FC.
Sam was crowned European Junior Champion in 2008 and went on to win two gold medals at the European Youth Olympics and three gold medals at the 2010 European Junior Championships. The 2011 European Championships in Berlin saw him make his senior debut and Sam put in a performance of huge quality and maturity to finish 4th. He is now on course to become one of Great Britain’s greatest ever gymnasts and has cemented that with his recent performance in the men’s gymnastics team final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The British Men won their first medal in gymnastics for over 100 years.
Sam is set to achieve big things and is widely recognised for his achievements at such a young age, he has already been nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2010; as an Olympic Bronze medallist in 2012 he is set to become a legend in the world of gymnastics and an ambassador for British sport. He is devoted and driven and his attitude is exemplary, he has a long career ahead of him.