2019 Superstars of Gymnastics

On Saturday 23rd March I was assigned by my agency Action Plus Sports Images to cover the ‘Superstars of Gymnastics’ at the O2 Arena. A major new event showcasing the very best of Gymnastics featuring olympic gold medalists & global megastars Simone Biles and Max Whitlock. Biles & Whitlock would be the judges to score the Superstars of Gymnastics which would feature, from Great Britain, James Hall, Danny Purvis, Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch, Sam Oldham and Jay Thompson. As well as Germany’s Fabian Hambüchen, a gold medallist on horizontal bars at Rio 2016, triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ellie Black of Canada, double Olympic silver medallist Marcel Nguyen, three-time World Champion Oksana Chusovitine, four-time World Cup medallist Elisabeth Seitz, six-time Dutch national champion Casimir Schmidt and Jamacian international Danusia Francis.

Over a course of an afternoon and evening sessions, I didn’t have a lot of time to send live images while every other event was starting every twenty minutes. So knowing this, I had to pre plan everything, from the timing and position of where I will be photographing each Gymnastic event. The O2 Arena doesn’t have the best lighting or backdrop so I had to take that into consideration as well. However, I was able to photograph pretty much where ever I wanted inside the O2 Arena, which was kind of Matchroom Sport to give me that type of access.

Equipment Notes:
Beam -
Canon 1DX MKII with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM inc a 4-star filter.
Parallel Bars - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Vault (Men) - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
Vault (Women) - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM inc a 4-star filter.
Uneven Bars - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS II USM.
Pommel - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.
Floor (Ground Level) - Canon 1DX MKI with EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS II USM.
Floor (4th Floor Level) - Canon 1DX MKII with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

Below are my favourite photographs I captured.

 
General view of inside the O2 Arena as the 2019 Superstars of Gymnastics kicked off.

General view of inside the O2 Arena as the 2019 Superstars of Gymnastics kicked off.

 
 
Simone Biles of USA get’s ready to perform on the beam.

Simone Biles of USA get’s ready to perform on the beam.

Simone Biles of USA performing on the beam.

Simone Biles of USA performing on the beam.

Simone Biles of USA performing on the beam.

Simone Biles of USA performing on the beam.

Elisabeth Seitz of Germany performing on the beam.

Elisabeth Seitz of Germany performing on the beam.

Elisabeth Seitz of Germany performing on the beam.

Elisabeth Seitz of Germany performing on the beam.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the beam.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the beam.

Ayelen Tarabini of Argentina performing on the beam.

Ayelen Tarabini of Argentina performing on the beam.

Simona Castro of Chile performing on the beam.

Simona Castro of Chile performing on the beam.

Halle Hilton of Great Britain performing on the beam.

Halle Hilton of Great Britain performing on the beam.

Ellie Black of Canada performing on the beam.

Ellie Black of Canada performing on the beam.

Marcel Nguyen of Germany rubbing chalk on his hands before performing on the men's pommel.

Marcel Nguyen of Germany rubbing chalk on his hands before performing on the men's pommel.

Marcel Nguyen of Germany performing on the men's pommel.

Marcel Nguyen of Germany performing on the men's pommel.

Danny Purvis of Great Britain performing on the Men's Parallel Bars.

Danny Purvis of Great Britain performing on the Men's Parallel Bars.

Ellie Black of Canada performing on the vault.

Ellie Black of Canada performing on the vault.

Ellie Black of Canada celebrates after performing on the vault.

Ellie Black of Canada celebrates after performing on the vault.

Ellie Black of Canada celebrates after performing on the vault.

Ellie Black of Canada celebrates after performing on the vault.

Marcel Nguyen of Germany performing on the men's vault.

Marcel Nguyen of Germany performing on the men's vault.

Sam Oldham of Great Britain performing on the men's vault.

Sam Oldham of Great Britain performing on the men's vault.

Ana Lago of Mexico performing the floor.

Ana Lago of Mexico performing the floor.

Ana Lago of Mexico throwing a sombrero to the crowd after performing on the floor.

Ana Lago of Mexico throwing a sombrero to the crowd after performing on the floor.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the women's uneven bars.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the women's uneven bars.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the floor.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the floor.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the floor with the Jamaica flag.

Danusia Francis of Jamaica performing on the floor with the Jamaica flag.

Halle Hilton of Great Britain performing the floor.

Halle Hilton of Great Britain performing the floor.

Simona Castro of Chile performing on the floor.

Simona Castro of Chile performing on the floor.

Ellie Black of Canada leaps into the air in celebration after performing on the floor while wearing shorts with a broccoli pattern.

Ellie Black of Canada leaps into the air in celebration after performing on the floor while wearing shorts with a broccoli pattern.

Simone Biles of USA performing on the floor.

Simone Biles of USA performing on the floor.

Max Whitlock MBE of Great Britain performing the floor.

Max Whitlock MBE of Great Britain performing the floor.