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Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle's wing walking plans

Olympic medal winning gymnast Beth Tweddle says she wants to try wing walking, bungee jumping and sky diving once she retires from gymnastics.

The 27-year-old who won bronze in the uneven bars in London 2012 has ruled out competing at Rio 2016.

Tweddle, a member of the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, said she would not be retiring straight away.

The three-time world champion added she was unlikely to take up coaching but would not walk away from the sport.

"There's a lot of opportunities I've got now, a lot of things I want to do like wing walking, bungee jumping, sky diving and skiing," she said.

Tweddle also said: "I have always wanted to do physiotherapy, so I've got a place ready to start my degree for that - as for coaching I don't think I could do it to the level that my coach does, I know how much of a pain I can be."

She added: "I'm not going to retire straight away, it would be too much physically and mentally to stop after 20 years of training.

"With the support of my coach and federation I am going to carry on training and slowly make a decision."

Tweddle added: "It is going to be very strange, I have never known anything else, I'm never going to walk away from gymnastics it's been too much a part of my life."

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