Thoughts turn to GCSE results for Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova after 16-year-old twin star for Team GB Gymnastics…with the couple eager to build on their bronze medals while identifying room for improvement
- It’s easy to forget how young the Gadirovas are after their confident performances
- Both Jennifer and Jessica think they could have done better in the floor final
- Jade Carey took advantage of compatriot Simone Biles’ absence to win gold
- However, the Dublin-born sisters have a medal and have Paris 2024 in their sights
Reality struck moments after the Gadirova twins left the arena.
“I haven’t really thought about my GCSE results yet,” Jennifer said when asked what she was looking forward to when she got home. “I hope I passed.”
It’s easy to forget that Dublin-born daughters of Azerbaijani parents, Jennifer and Jessica, are only 16.
Jessica (left) and Jennifer (right) reflect on GCSE results after their Olympic exploits
The confident Gadirova twins spoke out well and were fun to watch the whole time
Because when they talk about their sport, the sparkling costumes and youthful smiles jump out of the nearest window, replaced by the combative talk of Olympic veterans.
Jessica, who finished sixth in the women’s floor final, asked if she could have done more, said: “My first tumble was a double-double, my second was a double-straight and my third tumble was a straight front floor.” walk out in double. pleat.’
Jennifer, when asked how she copes with the nerves in those quiet seconds before the music kicks in, replied, “I’m a little nervous, but once it starts — it’s having fun and smiling.”
“Smiling takes the worry away. Once the music comes on, it’s ‘Go, go, go’.’
And it was. These two may be young, but they are already trademarked. When that music kicks in, you know there will be joy and flair.
There will also be a strut. It was a shame that there was no audience at the Ariake Gymnastics Center yesterday. They would have been on the edge of their seats, they would have clapped along, they would have licked it up.
It was also disappointing that no audience could roar their approval after Jade Carey’s stunning routine.
We thought an American would win, we just didn’t think it would be the 21-year-old from Phoenix.
Jade Carey won gold with impeccable floor routine after Simone Biles pulled out
In the absence of superstar Simone Biles, who will be happy to return to action today, Carey took center stage with a stunning yet elegant performance, scoring a winning 14,366 on what was a high quality afternoon.
Jessica landed at 2 p.m. while Jennifer made 13,233, both hampered by minor stumbles on the first landings. Neither seemed out of place among the elite, which is an achievement in itself. Regardless, their analysis was candid.
“I did my best with my execution because I know my problem isn’t there,” Jessica said. “I can’t wait to get to the gym and work on it.”
Jennifer added: “My falls weren’t the best, but I danced well. I’m a bit disappointed about that.’
There’s a lot to like about the Aylesbury teenagers, who came here for the experience but will be walking through the Heathrow arrivals with bronze medals around their neck from the team event.
However, you feel that the memories will be more important than the metal. That they learn from this. That this won’t be anything like the last chapter.
“I just wanted to enjoy the experience,” Jessica said. “I’m an Olympian. I am a bronze medalist. But there is still so much I can do. I’m still young, there’s time.’
The pair are eager to work on their weaknesses and have team bronze to show for their efforts
Unsurprisingly, her sister, who finished seventh, was on the same page. “I’m looking forward to going back to the gym and improving my performance and difficulty,” she actually said.
“Many of the others are older and have had time to upgrade. We’ll still get there.’
In three years in Paris, they shouldn’t be far away.