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Olympic gymnastics: TeamGB star Sam Oldham Q&A

Sam Oldham
Sam Oldham took gold in the high bars event at the Youth Olympics

Sam Oldham is a key part of a new generation of British men's gymnastics talent, winning a gold medal at the Youth Olympics in the high bars and a silver on the pommel horse - and now a historic bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London.

The 19-year-old was on the books with Notts County FC before deciding to concentrate on gymnastics and claimed titles at the European and British Championships to win a call-up to the senior GB team.

In 2010, he answered questions posed by the School Reporters from St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Q: What inspired you to start doing your sport?

My nursery school teacher advised my parents to get me into gymnastics as I was always hyperactive at school, running around and jumping off everything!

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

I would like to have achieved all that I want to in gymnastics, and to have helped Great Britain to become a world superpower in men's gymnastics. But at the moment I'm taking everything one step at a time - a lot can happen in 10 years.

Q: What is your biggest ambition in your sport?

Vitaly Scherbo
Vitaly Scherbo is one of the all-time greats of gymnastics

I want to be part of the first ever Great Britain team Olympic medallists, and be an Olympic gold medallist.

Q: Who would you pick to compete against if you could choose anyone who has ever played your sport?

Vitaly Scherbo - he won the most Olympic gold medals in gymnastics. At the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 he won six golds.

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax away from sport?

I go on my laptop, play on my Playstation and sometimes go to the driving range.

Q: Who is your role model and why?

I look up to Louis Smith. I think it's amazing what he has achieved in such a short space of time and it's amazing how he can cope under extreme pressure.

Q: Who are your best friends and/or main rivals in your sport?

I'm really good matees with my junior GB team: we've all known each other since we were about eight or nine and we're all friendly rivals.

Q: Apart from your own success, what has been your favourite sporting moment of the year?

For me it was the men's gymnastics team performance in the qualifications at the World Gymnastics Championships. It was an incredible achievement for British gymnastics and it's the best we have ever done by a mile.

Q: What kind of sacrifices have you had to make to get to where you are?

When I was 14 I pulled out of school, moved clubs and went to live away from home so I could keep on improving.

Q: What is your favourite song of 2010?

25 to Life by Eminem.

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