WHITLOCK Max
Great Britain
GBR
Title
Mr
Lastname
WHITLOCK
Firstname
Max
Gender
male
Country
Great Britain
Place of birth
Hemel Hempstead
Year of birth
1993 (27 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Occupation
Athlete
Family
Wife Leah, daughter Willow [2019]
Spoken languages
English
Club
South Essex Gymnastics Club [Basildon, ENG]
Coach
Scott Hann [personal, club], GBR (theguardian.com, 11 Apr 2018)
Sporting relatives
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)
Injuries
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)
Start sporting career
He took up the sport at age seven. (hellomagazine.com, 10 Mar 2019; olympic.org.uk, 01 Dec 2009)
Reason for taking up the sport
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)
Milestones
In 2016 he became the first person representing Great Britain to win a gold medal in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games when he was victorious in both the floor exercise and pommel horse events in Rio de Janeiro. The previous year he had become the first British male to win an artistic gymnastics world title when he triumphed in pommel horse at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (dailymail.co.uk, 15 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. (standard.co.uk, 23 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (telegraph.co.uk, 17 Mar 2016; bbc.co.uk, 17 Oct 2014)
Philosophy / Motto
"What you love doing, you do more of - and what you do more of, you get better at." (myprotein.com, 01 May 2019)
Awards
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)
Additional information
General
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)

Last update : 2020-05-04

Olympic Games

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
90.641 
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
88.232 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.633
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.500
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.966
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
14.600
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
15.066
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
58
Score Qualif.
13.566
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
269.752
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
268.670

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
15.266
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.600
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.900
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
49
Score Qualif.
14.133
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
13.900
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
271.711
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
272.420
Test Events Olympic Games

2012 - XXX Olympic Games - Test Events LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
23
Score Final
85.232 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
14.600
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.100
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
84
Score Qualif.
11.600
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
44
Score Qualif.
14.200
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
53
Score Qualif.
13.733
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
358.227
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
186
Score Qualif.
42.799 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.266
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
41
Score Qualif.
14.000
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
42
Score Qualif.
13.533
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
251.611
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
252.409

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
219
Score Qualif.
28.932 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
31
Score Qualif.
13.966
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.166
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.966
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
248.628
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
249.836

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
119
Score Qualif.
28.633 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
47
Score Qualif.
13.333
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.441
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.300

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
89.249 
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
88.365 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.566
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.200
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
16.133
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.266
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
44
Score Qualif.
14.433
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
14.700
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
89
Score Qualif.
13.600
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
270.345
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
354.417

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
90.473 
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
88.198 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
154
Score Qualif.
13.766
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
15.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
51
Score Qualif.
14.533
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
36
Score Qualif.
14.866
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.600
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
269.170
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
357.193

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
89.031 
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
86.941 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
14.533
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.633
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.408
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
88
Score Qualif.
12.900
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
37
Score Qualif.
14.600
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
14.600
World / Challenge Cup

2016 - World Cup 2016 C II GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
89.299 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Continental Championships

2019 - 8th European Men's and Women's Individual Championships SZCZECIN (POL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
105
Score Qualif.
28.366 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.533
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.033
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
36
Score Qualif.
13.333

2018 - 33rd Men's Artistic European Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
111
Score Final
28.500 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
13.600
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.000
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.900
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
253.362
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
252.496

2015 - 6th European Individual Championships 2015 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
103
Score Qualif.
28.966 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
36
Score Qualif.
14.233
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
14.733

2014 - European Championships 2014 SOFIA (BUL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
75.340 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.333
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.600
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
1
Score Final
16.166
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.966
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.600
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
14.633
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
14.541
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
265.953
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
267.076

2013 - 5th European individual Championships 2013 MOSCOW (RUS)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
89.106 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
89.365 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.333
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.466
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.533
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
14.433
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.800
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
14.200

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