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Longines Prize for Elegace Awarded to Giulia and Max

This year, the Longines Prize for Elegance was awarded to Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber and Great Britain's Max Whitlock.
Picture from the Longines Website

They were awarded the prize after the conclusion of the men's all-around final, Friday evening, selected by a jury (in bold below).
Many people feel that Larisa Iordache should have been awarded the prize since she redeemed herself with such grace and humilty during the all-around final, where she received the all-around bronze.

Giulia came in 5th place after qualifying 2nd to the all-around final. Also, it's a slightly contraversial decision since  Longines is already a sponsor of Giulia's. Neverthless, Giulia has carried herself with grace and style throughout the competion, even if she is not the most traditionally elegant gymnast.

Max has contributed to the success of the British men's team, helping them earn a silver medal in the team final.  He placed 5th in last night's all-around final and was the silver medalist in 2014, in Nanning.

Last year, the prize was awarded to  Yao Jinnan of China and Kohei Uchimura of Japan. Previous winners include (women) :Kyla Ross, Ana Porgras, Carly Patterson, Shawn Johnson, Rie Tanaka, Elsa Garcia, Elena Zamolodchikova, Cheng Fei, Svetlana Khorkina & Monette Russo. (Men) Kohei Uchimura (3 times), Yang Wei, Ivan Ivankov, Phillip Boy,  Daniel Keatings,  Luis Rivera, Hiroyuki Tomita.

Per the Longines Website:

"Set up in 1997, this prize is aimed at honouring the most elegant and charismatic sportswomen and men. Apart from purely technical considerations, the criteria applied by the jury are based on harmonious movement, emotion and, above all, elegance during the performances. The jury was made up of Prof. Bruno Grandi, FIG President, Steve Frew, Commonwealth Games Gold medalist for Scotland, Amy benbow-Hebbert, PR Manager of Longines UK, and Walter von Känel, President of Longines. The winners of the Longines Prize for Elegance received an elegant Longines watch, a trophy, as well as cheque [for 5000 USD]."

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