Berki, a living legend
Doha (QAT) March 07, 2017: Hungary’s 2012 Olympic champion Krisztian Berki is a living legend, who seemed to have made pommel horse is own domain.
So much so that in honour of him, the international gymnastics federation (FIG) named a difficulty level ‘E’ in pommel horse after him.
Berki will be one of the top stars at the FIG World Cup in Doha, where he won a gold medal in the 2013 edition.
At the FIG World Cup series in Melbourne last month, Berki, who was twice elected as ‘Sportsman of the Year’ in his country, improved his score from qualification by .133, scoring 14.933 (6.3D) in the final to claim the gold.
“Every gold medal is important for me,” said Berki, whose popularity rise to a new level after he won the gold at the London Games where he piped Great Britain’s Louis on a higher execution score after both scored 16.066.
Berki did not become a gymnast by choice, but destiny played a big role in shaping him into a top-notch gymnast.
“One of our neighbours was a trainer. He observed my energy whenever I used to play at the backyard of our house. He spoke to my parents and convinced them to take me to the gymnastics hall. My journey as a gymnast started from that day,” said Berki.
“My parents played an important as they would always take the pain to take to me to the trainings. I was only four-and-a-half then. I started working with my trainer Istvan Kovacs,” he added.
When asked why did he chose pommel horse, the 31-year-old said, “Thanks to an early ankle injury, it the landing off on the other apparatus became difficult. It was then that I started training for the pommel horse.”