Almudena Cid Tostado (born June 15, 1980 in Vitoria, Spain) is an Individual Spanish Rhythmic Gymnast.
Almudena began rhythmic gymnastics at the age of six. Her mother originally wanted her daughter to do ballet but, after her family commented on her flexibility, she enrolled the young Almudena in rhythmic gymnastics. She was a member of the Spanish National Team from November 1994 until August 2008. She became the first Spanish gymnast in history to have competed in two Olympic finals, Atlanta and Sydney, and she is the only rhythmic gymnast to make the finals at three and four consecutive Olympic Games - Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
In June 2001 the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique announced that Almudena's "body-apparatus relationship" with ball was approved by the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee. As the code describes the Cid Tostado element:
Starting position: on one knee, leg forward, ball held with the foot. large roll of the ball on both legs. Originality 0.10 (§ 2.6.5.)
She had one of the longest careers as an elite rhythmic gymnast. Almudena lives in Madrid. In 2005, Almudena held a modelling contract with Nike, and she has modeled for an underwear store, Love Store. She speaks Spanish, Basque and English. Almudena was one of very few Western European gymnasts able to compete seriously against gymnasts from Eastern Europe.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics her final position was 9th, a total score of 38.515 (Rope 9.700, Clubs 9.683, Ball 9.566, Ribbon 9.566) and again at the 2000 Sydney Olympics she finished in 9th, her total score 38.907 (Rope 9.750, Hoop 9.725, Ball 9.691, Ribbon 9.741). In Athens she qualified for the finals in 9th, in the finals she was placed 8th, her best-ever placing at an Olympics, with a total of 98.450 (Ribbon 23.425, Clubs 24.900, Ball 25.000, Hoop 25.125). She competed in the individual all-around in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She was 10th in the qualifying round and eighth in the final round with a total score of 68.100 (Rope: 17.000, Hoop: 17.000, Clubs: 17.150, Ribbon: 16.950).