Isabelle Severino
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Severino at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of France France


April 9 1980 (1980-04-09) (age 37)
Montmorency, Paris, France

Years on National Team

1996-1997, 2004-2007

Current status


Isabelle Severino (born 9 April 1980) is a French gymnast and actress from Montmorency, Paris, France.


Severino was a member of the 1996 and 2004 French Olympic teams where the French team placed 8th and 6th respectively. Isabelle is also a veteran of several World Championships and European Championships, having won medals at both of these competitions and made several All Around and Event finals at both competitions. Isabelle won the bronze medal on the uneven bars at the 1996 World Championships in Puerto Rico with a score of 9.775. Isabelle won the gold medal at the 2005 European Gymnastics Championships in the floor finals with a score of 9.575 with an engaging routine with popular music. She also won the Junior European Bars title in 1994.

Severino retired from the sport between 1998 and 2004 Olympic Games, going on to perform in the Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba in 1999 and to work for a communications company. However, she came back to the sport and has continued to compete well, with her Cirque du Soleil experience having polished her performance qualities.

Severino is known for her excellent dance qualities, outstanding form and charismatic performances. She has a notable spunk and ability to present personality in her routines. She is an engaging performer with unique skills, including the one-and-a-half twisting gienger on the Uneven Bars. However, the uneven bars is probably her worst event, with the 2005 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships as proof. Severino has used popular music in her floor routines, such as "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes and "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas. She is also noted for being able to continue to be a successful world class gymnast in her mid-twenties in a sport that is generally dominated by teenagers.

Severino appeared in the 2006 movie Stick It, where she was the gymnastics body double for lead actress Missy Peregrym, as well as having a cameo role outside her body double role in the film.

Severino tried for her third Olympics, but suffered an injury at the 2008 European Championships in qualifications. She retired soon after.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1994Blume Memorial4
1996San Juan World Championships3rd
Atlanta Olympic Games8
1997Blume Memorial1st
2004Athens Olympic Games6
2005Arthur Gander Memorial3rd
Paris World Cup52nd
Massilia Gym Cup3rd
Debrecen European Championships1st
Melbourne World Championships2188
2006Volos European Championships6
Aarhus World Championships11
2007Stuttgart World Championships66
2008GBR-FRA International Friendly1st61st
Clermont-Ferrand European Championships3rd

Floor Music

2005 - "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes

2006-2007 - "Pump It" by the Black-Eyed Peas/ "Svidja Mi Se Tvoja Devojka" by Seka Aleksić

European Floor Exercise Champions
Larisa LatyninaPolina AstakhovaLarisa Latynina • Marjana Bilic • Věra ČáslavskáOlga KarasyovaLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciMaria Filatova | Elena MukhinaNadia ComăneciMaxi GnauckLavinia AgacheElena ShushunovaDaniela SilivaşDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaLilia PodkopayevaLilia Podkopayeva | Lavinia MiloşoviciCorina UngureanuLudivine Furnon • Alona Kvasha • Cătălina PonorIsabelle SeverinoSandra IzbaşaVanessa FerrariSandra IzbaşaBeth TweddleSandra IzbaşaLarisa IordacheKsenia AfanasyevaLarisa Iordache | Vanessa FerrariKsenia AfanasyevaGiulia SteingruberAngelina Melnikova

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