2018 World Championships Photo Gallery | The Mixed Zone

I love the mixed zone at a major international event like worlds, because it’s so fun talking to people you never get to see, especially after watching them for years (or decades in some cases).

You may have seen some of the videos and photos on social media, but I chatted with as many people as possible and had a blast capturing this for our site this year. We’ll have the videos going up on YouTube shortly, but for now, please enjoy the photos as well as a few little stories woven in.

Aliya Mustafina of Russia, who laughed when she told me that she’d love to put her daughter Alisa into gymnastics someday but she’s not sure if her mom will let her!

Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos and Lorette Charpy of France

Ayelen Tarabini of Argentina after qualifications, where she absolutely crushed her beam set

One of the many times I chatted with Nina Derwael of Belgium

Elisabeth Seitz of Germany after winning her first world medal on uneven bars

Angelina Melnikova of Russia after the team final

Mai Murakami of Japan playing up her silver medal in the all-around for the press

Irina Alexeeva of Russia was the absolute sweetest

Wanna talk to Simone Biles? Get in line!

Alexa Moreno of Mexico after making history

Alexa Moreno of Mexico

Mai Murakami of Japan faces the press

The gorgeous French team, featuring Louise Vanhille, Marine Boyer, Lorette Charpy, Juliette Bossu, and Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos

Rune Hermans of Belgium

Kenzo Shirai of Japan

Aliya Mustafina of Russia doesn’t wear pants so now I don’t wear pants

Kohei Uchimura of Japan

Areej Al Khayat of Syria

Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands was bummed after beam

Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia was very shy but so lovely to speak to after I’ve been such a fan of hers since we first saw her at the Southeast Asian Games in 2015

Sam Mikulak of the United States

Nina Derwael of Belgium wasn’t speaking English here but this is universal sign language for “I was short on my handstand”

Simone Biles of the United States in royal blue because #queen

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia was so fun to speak with, especially about how the Malaysian team is treated like rockstars at meets held in Southeast Asia! She was disappointed about her bars but kept an incredible attitude about it all.

The fabulous young team from Mexico, featuring Alexa Moreno, Nicolle Castro, Frida Esparza, Paulina Campos, and Victoria Mata

This was almost going to be a throwaway pic but I love international friendships and the look on Ellie Black of Canada’s face while chatting with Germans Leah Griesser and Kim Bui

A very happy Frida Esparza with Paulina Campos of Mexico

Jana El Keky of Qatar talked a lot about growing up in Egypt and training with a Romanian coach after moving to Qatar

The up-and-coming Ana Palacios of Guatemala

Never a dull moment with coach Liang Chow of China

Multitasking worlds with being a mother, featuring Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland and #BabyJagna (who had her own credential as a guest of the FIG and who couldn’t get enough of those boob sparkles)

Liu Tingting of China after winning beam like a pro

Ilaria Käslin of Switzerland

Oliver Hegi of Switzerland

Lukas Dauser of Germany

Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland, #BabyJagna, and Chama Temmami of Algeria

Xiao Ruoteng of China

Angelina Simakova of Russia

Kenzo Shirai of Japan

Brinn Bevan of Great Britain

Simone Biles after helping the United States to gold (again)

Angelina Simakova and Lilia Akhaimova of Russia

Dmitrii Lankin of Russia, pleased with silver

The lovely Romanians, featuring Nica Ivanus, Laura Iacob, Ioana Crisan, Carmen Ghiciuc, Denisa Golgota, and Maria Holbura

Valentina Pardo and Dayana Ardila of Colombia

Nikolai Kuksenkov of Russia discussing the men’s team final

Naomi Visser and Kirsten Polderman of the Netherlands

Nikita Nagornyy of Russia

Yul Moldauer of the United States

Caio Souza of Brazil

The legend that is Oksana Chusovitina

Marcel Nguyen of Germany

Marcela Torres, Jessica Castles, and Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden

James Hall of Great Britain

Yeo Seo-jeong of South Korea who hopes to bring her handspring front layout double full back to competition someday soon!

Morgan Hurd of the United States

Danusia Francis, Kiara Richmon, and Mackenzie Robinson, the first Jamaican team to compete at world championships in history

Nikolai Kuksenkov of Russia shows off his medal

Artur Dalaloyan of Russia’s first words to the press after winning the all-around were “I’m tired”

Mackenzie Robinson, Kiara Richmon, and Danusia Francis making Jamaica proud

Simone Biles of the United States

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