Cecile Canqueteau-Landi

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Originally remembered as Cecile Canqueteau, a 1996 Olympian who was a core member of the French program for most of the 1990s, Cecile experienced something of a “second life” in gymnastics folklore. Upon retiring as an athlete, Cecile excelled in a coaching role. She first earned widespread recognition at WOGA due to her association with Madison Kocian, who won a two medals at the 2016 Olympics.

But after teaming up with Simone Biles at World Champions Centre (WCC), Cecile who was by this time widely known under the name “Cecile Landi” became one of the most recognizable coaches in the sport. Not just due to her association with the most dominant athlete in the sport, but the strong supporting cast Cecile has helped develop at WCC to complement Biles. Most Notably Jordan Chiles and Olivia Greaves.

Cecile Canqueteau-Landi is the interesting case of an Olympic gymnast who was well known during her athletic career, becoming even more famous as a coach. Cecile’s athletic accomplishments probably would have faded into obscurity as younger fans replace older fans and the focus turns towards gymnasts who competed more recently. But an American coach named “Landi” helped ensure future generations will always pay attention to the French gymnast named “Canqueteau” when they watch old competitions from the 1990s.


Massilia Gym Cup: 21st-AA

Massilia Gym Cup: 11th-AA

Moscow News/World Stars: 8th-AA, 7th-VT, 6th-UB, 4th-FX
Massilia Gym Cup: 3rd-AA
European Championships: 9th-AA, 7th-VT

French Championships: 2nd-AA
American Cup: 5th-AA
International Mixed Pairs: 5th-Team
European Cup: 10th-AA, 6th-FX
French International: 6th-AA
World Championships: Participant

Olympic Games: Participant

French Championships: 2nd-AA, 4th-VT, 6th-UB, 3rd-BB, 3rd-FX
Massilia Gym Cup: 3rd-AA
Mediterranean Games: 1st-Team

Copa Gimnastica: 2nd-Team, 8th-VT
French Championships: 6th-AA


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Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these undefined symbols can be found here.

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