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Monette Russo
Russo monette 2005 worlds
Russo at the 2005 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Monette Simone Russo

Country represented

Flag of Australia Australia

Born

August 4 1988 (1988-08-04) (age 28)
Lilydale, Victoria, Australia

Current status

Retired from elite

Monette Simone Russo (born 4 August 1988 in Lilydale, Victoria) is a former Australian artistic gymnast. She is the 2003 World team bronze medalist. She is also 2005 World All-Around bronze medalist, the highest all-around placing for an Australian gymnast. She also won the Longines Prize for Elegance that year.

Career

She made history by becoming the first Australian gymnast ever to win an individual World Championship medal at the 2005 Melbourne Artistic Gymnastics World Championships when she came third in the all-around competition. She competed in three apparatus finals but there were no more medals, and finished seventh on bars and fifth on beam and floor. She is more of an all-arounder than an events finalist, having no weak piece but no obviously outstanding either. During her career, she was one of the few women competing two vaults. She was also a part of the 2003 World Championships team for Australia and won a bronze medal, another first for Australian gymnastics.

Monette is also an Olympian, having helped Australia to 8th place in the 2004 Olympics. An injury prevented her from competing in the all around final.

Injury also marred Monette's 2006 season. She did compete at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and although she had to reduce her difficulty considerably because of her injury (only one double salto on floor, for example) she still helped Australia to the team gold. Having qualified to the all-around, bars and beam finals, three more medals looked likely. However, injury prevented Monette from competing in the all-around, and she fell from beam, while receiving a bronze on bars behind Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Shavahn Church.

Monette retired from elite gymnastics in May 2007.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2003Anaheim World Championships3rd12
2004Athens Olympic Games8
WOGA Classic2nd2nd1st2nd82nd
2005Melbourne World Championships3rd755
Stuttgart World Cup3rd87
Glasgow World Cup2nd46
2006Pacific Alliance Championships2nd
Melbourne Commonwealth Games1st3rd
Aarhus World Championships6

Floor Music

2004 - "Heaven is a Place on Earth"/"Careless Whisper"

2005-2006 - "Fire on Ice" by Yanni


Longines Prize for Elegance Winners
Svetlana KhorkinaElena ZamolodchikovaCarly PattersonMonette RussoCheng FeiShawn JohnsonElsa GarcíaRie TanakaAna PorgrasKyla RossYao JinnanGiulia SteingruberBecky Downie

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