Iceland became the European group gymnastics champion in Portugal on Saturday when the women’s team won gold with a score of 57,250 points, narrowly beating the Swedish team. The team won the competition’s highest score in floor exercises in the women’s category with 22,300 points.
This was the first year Iceland also sent a men’s team to the competition, and they took home silver medals for their performance. The Icelandic youth team also won silver and bronze in the competition.
Björn Björnsson, one of the team’s coaches, told RÚV he hopes the men’s silver award encourages young men to train in gymnastics. “I think it can do nothing but increase the number of great boys in gymnastics. The next competition is coming up, in nine months, and we need more great boys.”