Dan Purvis: The Inside Track
Inside Track

Dan Purvis: The Inside Track

29 October 2015 / 15:39

I first got into gymnastics when I was seven years old. I first tried out football because my older brother was into it but I was pretty terrible so my mum and dad thought to try gymnastics and it all went on from there.

From a young age I always wanted to be a gymnast. Even from the age of seven I didn’t want to do any other sport and it’s all I know.

Growing up I loved Alexei Nemov, the Russian gymnast. Alexei was the ideal gymnast for me – he always hit his routines and it was great to see him do so well. Watching him was my first Olympic memory and I remember thinking ‘wow, how good would it be to do that?’ The Olympics is every athlete’s dream.

Winning that bronze medal at London 2012 was incredible. I remember seeing it come up on the screen as we stood there as a team. It was an amazing feeling doing it at a home Games and is something that I think will be hard to top.

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My favourite aspect of my routine on the pommel horse is probably the dismount. It’s not really gone wrong for me in the past and with it being the last move I’m always relieved to finish off a nice routine.

My best mates in sport are my training buddy Frank Baines and then Kristian Thomas and Dan Keatings who I’ve known for years. We’re like a little family.

Away from the gym I just like to relax. I play a fair of Playstation and see my friends. I’m a Liverpool fan too. I’m from the city so am quite passionate about that and grew up with all my family as fans so it’s a big deal in our house.

I use my backflip as a party trick if pressured enough. But you always need to be careful as you don’t want to get injured doing it outside of the gym.

If I was a superhero I’d be called Danny Pizzle. I’d have flying as my power.