WHITLOCK Max

13 Jan 1993
28
Male
1.67/5'5''
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
 
Great Britain

Events and Medals

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Ariake Gymnastics Centre - Men
Finished
Ariake Gymnastics Centre - Pommel
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocationFXHBPBPHSRAATeam
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA1582312234
2012London, GBR14-54349-3

World Championships
YearLocationFXHBPBPHSRAATeam
2019Stuttgart, GER-42411--5
2018Doha, QAT31--2--5
2017Montreal, QC, CAN47--1---
2015Glasgow, GBR2895414452
2014Nanning, CHN1541536115124
2013Antwerp, BEL3419372884-

European Championships
YearLocationFXHBPHTeam
2021Basel, SUI--43-
2019Szczecin, POL-361-
2018Glasgow, GBR23-72


Legend
FX - Floor Excercise, VT - Vault, HB - Horizontal Bar, PB - Parallel Bars, PH - Pommel Horse, SR - Rings, AA - Individual All-Around, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified
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Athlete
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Wife Leah, daughter Willow [2019]
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English
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South Essex Gymnastics Club [Basildon, GBR]
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Scott Hann [personal, club], GBR
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His wife Leah has worked as an artistic gymnastics coach at South Essex Gymnastics Club in England. His coach Scott Hann is also his brother-in-law. (theguardian.com, 11 Apr 2018; southessexgym.co.uk, 18 Jul 2017)
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A virus caused him to withdraw from the Great Britain squad for the 2016 European Championships in Bern, Switzerland. (bbc.com, 20 May 2016)

He did not compete in the all-around event at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier, France, because of the effects of low-grade glandular fever. He did participate in the floor exercise and pommel horse events. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Apr 2015; bbc.co.uk, 15 Apr 2015)
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He took up the sport at age seven. (hellomagazine.com, 10 Mar 2019; olympic.org.uk, 01 Dec 2009)
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He got into gymnastics through a friend. "I wasn't born into gymnastics. There are no grainy home videos of me, aged two, balancing on a bench or jumping off the sofa doing a routine. In fact, it wasn't until I was seven-years-old, and a friend at my local swimming club suggested I try it, that I ever really focused on gymnastics at all." (tes.com, 14 Aug 2019; olympic.org.uk, 01 Dec 2009)
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To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. (standard.co.uk, 23 Mar 2020)
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He trains between 20 and 25 hours a week. (bbc.co.uk, 23 Apr 2021)
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Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (telegraph.co.uk, 17 Mar 2016; bbc.co.uk, 17 Oct 2014)
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"What you love doing, you do more of - and what you do more of, you get better at." (myprotein.com, 01 May 2019)
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He was named British Gymnastics Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year for 2019. (echo-news.co.uk, 2020)

He was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. (intlgymnast.com, 30 Dec 2016)

He received the Prize for Elegance at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (fig-gymnastics.com, 31 Oct 2015)

General Interest

General
AMBASSADOR
In February 2021 he was announced as an ambassador for the 2022 World Championships in Liverpool, England. (thegymter.net, 09 Feb 2021)

BOOK
In 2019 he released his own health and fitness book called 'The Whitlock Workout: Get Fit and Healthy in Minutes'. (express.co.uk, 02 Jan 2020; thebookseller.com, 08 Aug 2019)

FATHERHOOD
He and his wife Leah became parents to their daughter Willow in February 2019. "Willow is definitely my proudest achievement. I wanted to have children young, when I was still doing gymnastics, because I want them to see what I do rather than for them to just hear the stories. Standing out in an arena in the middle of a competition with thousands of people watching - the thought of taking her onto that stage and giving her that experience is amazing. It will 100% spur me on knowing she and Leah are in the crowd. Going into Tokyo and being a dad, it's actually chilled me out more. That doesn't take away from the sport, but I think it enhances it." (eurosport.com, 24 Jul 2019; hellomagazine.com, 10 Mar 2019)

CHANGING ATTITUDE
He became the first British artistic gymnast to win gold at the Olympic Games in 2016, and has found going into the cycle for the 2020 Games as champion has introduced new challenges. "I've gone from being the underdog and chasing something to being at the tipping point to now actually having it and trying to retain it. The pressure's going to be massive in Tokyo. Now bringing back gold is the only real success, and I'm striving for that ultimately. I've always tried not to think about winning but it's hard not to." (thetimes.co.uk, 24 Jul 2019; thetimes.co.uk, 14 Apr 2019; standard.co.uk,10 Apr 2019)

EARLY DAYS
At age 12 he faced what he calls one of the biggest decisions of his career when his Slovenian coach decided to return to his hometown. Whitlock had the choice of going with him to Slovenia, or remaining in England and quitting the sport. "I found that I had a choice to make. Follow my coach and move away from my family, or quit gymnastics. I didn't want to stop gymnastics, so in order to continue I moved out to Slovenia to live and train there. That was the decision I made when I was just 12 years old. I think because I was so young, getting one flight there but not knowing when I'd return, was very, very difficult. And not just for me, but for my family as well. But it was the right decision." (myprotein.com, 01 May 2019)

CLUB
He and his wife Leah have set up the Max Whitlock Gymnastics Club, which has locations in Colchester and Southend in England, which they launched in 2018 with the intention of engaging one million children in gymnastic activities by 2022. "I want to help kids get a foot in the door in the best sport in the world. Gymnastics has brought me a lot of confidence, it's a sport that can do that for kids. It teaches them about their bodies, and about respect and discipline. And if I can give something back to the community too, that's an amazing feeling." (express.co.uk, 02 Jan 2020; hellomagazine.com, 10 Mar 2019; bbc.co.uk, 31 Mar 2018)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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