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Monette Russo
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Russo at the 2005 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Monette Simone Russo

Country represented

Flag of Australia.png Australia

Born

August 4 1988 (1988-08-04) (age 33)
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
2003 Anaheim World Championships 3rd 12
2004 Athens Olympic Games 8
WOGA Classic 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 8 2nd
2005 Melbourne World Championships 3rd 7 5 5
Stuttgart World Cup 3rd 8 7
Glasgow World Cup 2nd 4 6
2006 Pacific Alliance Championships 2nd
Melbourne Commonwealth Games 1st 3rd
Aarhus World Championships 6

Floor Music

2004 - "Heaven" by DJ Sammy/ "Careless Whisper (South East Players Mix)" by The Sax Brothers

2005-2006 - "Fire on Ice" by Yanni


Longines Prize for Elegance Winners
Svetlana KhorkinaElena ZamolodchikovaCarly PattersonMonette RussoCheng FeiShawn JohnsonElsa GarcíaTanaka RieAna PorgrasKyla RossYao JinnanGiulia SteingruberBecky DownieBrooklyn MoorsAngelina MelnikovaMélanie de Jesus Dos Santos
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