Jennifer Pinches (born 25 May 1994) is a retired British artistic gymnast who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She currently attends UCLA in America and competes for their gymnastics team.
Pinches started gymnastics at a young age. She said, "I started when I was six years old after seeing some clips on the telly of a gymnast swinging around and really wanted to try it out because I had just quit ballet. So I started it at the gym and carried it on."
She currently attends The King's School, Macclesfield.
She is a known fan of the Vlogbrothers, having flashed the Nerdfighter sign at the 2012 London Olympics.
In January, Pinches competed at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, winning bronze with the British team. In July, Pinches competed at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, Finland. She placed tenth in the all around final with a score of 53.100.
In December, Pinches competed at the Gymnsiade in Doha, Qatar. She placed fifth with her team, ninth in the all-around, fourth on vault with a score of 13.625 and sixth on balance beam with a score of 13.025.
In August, Pinches competed at an international friendly with gymnasts from Switzerland in Gateshead, United Kingdom. She placed third in the all around competition with a score of 55.300.
In October, Pinches competed at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She finished thirty second in the all around competition with a score of 53.898.
In November, Pinches competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Glasgow, United Kingdom. She placed sixth on vault scoring 13.337 and third on floor scoring 14.150.
In February, Pinches competed at the English Championships in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. She placed second all around with a score of 56.05.
At the beginning of April, Pinches competed at the 2011 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Berlin, Germany. She placed twenty first in all around qualifications but was unable to move on to finals because of the two per country rule. She said, "It wasn’t the best competition and it wasn’t the worst, I'm a bit disappointed with floor but pleased with beam after falling in warm up! I really enjoyed being out there with Danusia, not a great competition technically but still a lot of fun!"
Later in April, Pinches placed eighth at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Glasgow, United Kingdom with a score of 51.300.
In May, Pinches participated at the British Teams competition in Guildford, United Kingdom. She helped her club, City of Liverpool, win first place with an all around score of 53.100.
In July, Pinches competed at the British Championships in Liverpool, United Kingdom. She placed third in the all around competition with a score of 52.850. She said, "My competition went well. I fell on bars and beam but the rest of my routines went quite well. The last two British Championships haven’t gone great for me due to injury and a bit of disaster on vault, so I’m pleased with today for various reasons." In event finals, she placed fifth on vault scoring 13.225, third on uneven bars scoring 13.500, fifth on balance beam scoring 12.600, and third on floor scoring 14.150.
In October, Pinches competed at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She placed thirty seventh in the all around competition with a score of 53.766. In the team finals, she helped the British team place fifth with a balance beam score of 13.833.
In March, Pinches won the all around competition at the English Championships in Kent, United Kingdom with a score of 55.150.
In May, Pinches competed at the 2012 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Brussels, Belgium. She contributed a balance beam score of 13.000 and a floor score of 13.600 to the British teams fourth place finish.
At the end of May, Pinches participated in the British Teams competition which acted as the first Olympic trial. She helped her club, City of Liverpool, win first place with an all around score of 52.850.
At the beginning of June, Pinches competed at an international friendly with gymnasts from Finland and Spain in Ipswich, United Kingdom which was also the second Olympic trial. She placed seventh in the all around with a score of 53.650. In event finals, she placed first on vault scoring 13.425 and sixth on uneven bars scoring 12.600.
At the end of June, Pinches competed at the British Championships in Liverpool, United Kingdom. This is the third and final Olympic Trail to decide which gymnasts will represent the United Kingdom at the Olympics. She placed second in the all around competition with a score of 56.350. She said, "I’m really happy with today’s competition. Everyone knows how crucial today was and to compete cleanly was really important. My routines went well and I just hope I’ve impressed the selectors with what I’ve done today. To medal at the British championships against some amazing gymnasts is a big achievement so I’m delighted." In event finals, she placed second on vault scoring 13.875, first on balance beam scoring 14.300, and seventh on floor scoring 12.500.
At the beginning of July, Pinches was selected to compete for the United Kingdom at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
At the end of July, Pinches competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. She helped the British team qualify to the team finals with an all around score of 55.266. In the team final, she contributed scores of 14.833 on vault, 11.833 on balance beam, and 14.366 on floor toward the British team's sixth place finish. She had several problems on beam, falling off once and grabbing the beam. However, she fought through it and performed superbly on vault and floor. Pinches said, "It’s everything I could have dreamed of and more. I am so glad to have represented Britain. The atmosphere and home crowds were inspiring and I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me to get here. I have achieved my life’s goal by becoming an Olympian and then by breaking the record for the best result for Britain ever. It was embarrassing and disappointing (falling off the beam) so I wanted to really prove I could perform for the country and the team, on the floor and on the vault. I went on to achieve my personal best scores on both these apparatus, which I am extremely pleased with. Our team performed well, exceeding previous results and achieving what we’d hoped for, to make the team final for the first time. Gymnastics is a very young sport so I am not targeting a return in Rio 2016, but I am so happy to have finally achieved my goal. I am over the moon and on top of the world."
In September, Pinches announced her retirement from gymnastics via Twitter saying, "I will no longer be doing competitive gymnastics in or for Great Britain." The announcement came as she was leaving the United Kingdom to do volunteer work in Ecuador.
In July 2013, Pinches announced she would be attending UCLA and competing in their NCAA gymnastics team. In September 2015, after two years of NCAA competition, Pinches medically retired, citing nagging wrist injuries, and instead became an undergraduate coach for the team.
|2008||Junior British Championships||4||2nd||1st||2nd||3rd|
|GBR-France International Friendly||1st||3rd||4||3rd||2nd||2nd|
|2009||British Team Championships||1st|
|Junior British Championships||2nd||4||1st|
|Australian Youth Olympic Festival||3rd|
|Tampere European Youth Olympic Festival||10|
|Rotterdam World Championships||7|
|Glasgow World Cup||6||3rd|
|Glasgow World Cup||8|
|British Team Championships||1st|
|Tokyo World Championships||5|
|Brussels European Championships||4|
|British Team Championships||1st||7||11||11||9||3rd|
|London Olympic Games||6|