Koudinov was born in Vladivostok, Russia and moved to New Zealand with his parents when he was young. 

He started gymnastics when he was seven and entered his first international competition at 13. 

Two years later he became the youngest member of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Melbourne in 2006. 

He was then selected for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014.

In 2010, Koudinov started a four-year college scholarship with the Ohio State Buckeyes, during which time he continued to climb his way up the world rankings.

Koudinov competed at his first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where he finished 16th in the vault.

In 2017, a move he invented, now titled ‘the Koudinov’, was officially recognised and published in the International Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Code of Points. It is classed as one of gymnastics’ most difficult moves.

At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games he will compete in the rings, pommel, parallel bars and high bar.

Gymnast Misha Koudinov. Credit: Photosport
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