It’s Rewind Wednesday, and we’re kicking off a brand-new web series—On This Day in Gymnastics History! Today we’re going to take a look back through the years at what gymnastics-related things have happened on October 5.

October 5, 2014: World Championships Women’s Qualifications
Simone Biles reaffirmed her status as the best in the world, Russia began to falter after such brilliance in 2010 and 2011, and GBR qualified fourth to the team final—the beginning of their newfound success!

October 5, 2013: World Championships Event Finals
McKayla Maroney returned to the top of the vault podium and Kenzo Shirai dominated floor exercise to win the men’s final by four tenths!

October 5, 2011: World Championships Men’s Podium Training

At the 2011 Worlds, the men trained for the first time on the podium at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

October 5, 2010: Commonwealth Games Women’s Team Final
Australia triumphed over England and Canada to claim Commonwealth gold! Here’s Emily Little’s vault from the team final:

October 5, 2008: 1st Hungarian FIG World Cup
Cynthia Lemieux of Canada won the women’s beam title, while Yasmin Zimmermann of Switzerland won floor.

October 5, 2006: U.S. Women’s Worlds Team was named
The U.S. women’s team for the 2006 World Championships was announced, and the roster included Jana Bieger, Jacquelyn Johnson, Natasha Kelley, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Ashley Priess, and Alicia Sacramone.

October 5, 1999: Jennifer Parilla spoke about the 2000 Olympics
USA Gymnastics released a statement from their first trampoline Olympic gymnast, Jennifer Parilla, who had recently qualified to the Olympics at the 1999 World Championships. “I am honored to have earned the United States an opportunity to compete in trampoline at the 2000 Olympic Games. This will really help the sport gain exposure in the United States, and I am excited to be a part of it,” said Parilla.

October 5, 1995: World Championships Men’s Optionals
The first round of men’s optionals was contested at the Sabae Worlds on this day in 1995.

October 5, 1981: Jeanette Antolin was born
Jeanette Antolin of SCATS Gymnastics in California was a member of the 1999 World Championships team and an alternate to the 1997 team.

October 5, 1978: World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships
The tenth World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships were held in Newcastle, Australia on this day. The double mini champions were Stuart Ransom and Leigh Hennessy, and the tumbling champions were Jim Bert and Nancy Quattrochi.

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