He doesn’t need any introduction but please welcome our gymnastic legend and all round nice guy Max Whitlock, Olympic gymnastics triple medallist in 2016 and double medallist in 2012.
Max was born in Hemel Hempstead and it was here he first took his first steps (rolls, jumps, vaults, etc.!) in gymnastics. He moved to Slovenia to follow his coach aged just 12 but then returned back to the UK to join the 0078South Essex Gymnastics Club and be placed under Scott Hann’s watchful eye (more on Scott elsewhere on this site!).
He first came to prominence by winning won gold on pommel horse and floor and was placed second all-around at the 2010 Junior European Championships before winning three medals at the Commonwealth Games later that year. His star really started to ascend when he first helped the team claim a bronze medal at the team final (this was the first time the men’s team had won a medal since 1912) and then claimed the bronze medal in the pommel event final. A period of success in the preceding World and European Championships plus success again at the 2014 Commonwealth Games all culminated in a simply incredible 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
He first won a bronze medal in the all-round gymnastics event, which is Great Britain’s first medal in this Olympic event for 108 years before day later winning gold medals in the Men’s Floor and Men’s Pommel Horse events, becoming his country’s most successful Olympic gymnast, and its first Olympic champion in Gymnastics.
Relive Max’s amazing Rio 2016 Olympic Games success here