Max Whitlock, Britain’s first male gymnastics Double Olympic and World Champion, is a multi-Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European medal-winning Artistic Gymnast, who won two Bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics and two Gold and one Bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Max burst on to the scene in 2010; picking up three medals in his first major competition at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and was then made a travelling reserve for the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. At this first Olympic Games in 2012, Max won Bronze on the Pommel Horse and in the Team competition - the first British men's team to win a medal at an Olympic games in 100 years. Later that year, Max was also part of the pioneering British men's team, who won Gold at the 2012 European Championships.
More success followed and, in 2013, Max became English and British All-Around Champion and won Gold, Silver and Bronze at the European Championships. At the World Championships that year, Max took Silver on the Pommel Horse and came fourth in the All-Around competition.
2014 was another standout year for Max. He won his second British All-Around title, along with European Gold on the Pommel Horse and Silver in the Team competition. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Max won a phenomenal five medals, including three Gold, in the Team, Floor and All-Around competitions, making him England's most decorated Commonwealth gymnast.
It looked like Max’s incredible run of medals was coming to an end, when he failed to qualify for the finals of the 2014 World Championships. In a twist of fate, his team-mate, Nile Wilson, withdrew due to injury, meaning Max automatically qualified for a place in the All-Around final. Max put in an incredible performance, eventually coming second to his idol, five-time World All-Round Champion, Kōhei Uchimura.
Max scored 90.473 across all six pieces of apparatus and was the closest in points that any gymnast has got to Uchimura; widely regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts of all-time. Max’s achievements were widely recognised and saw him nominated in the top 10 for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.
2015 saw Max win Silver on the Pommel Horse at the British Championships but when he failed to qualify for any finals at the European Championships he knew something wasn’t right. After seeking medical advice, Max discovered he was suffering from Glandular Fever. Max took a complete break from training and public appearances to recover and, with immense focus and determination, six months later he bounced back and made history at the World Championships in Glasgow.
Max became the first British man to win a World Gymnastics title, winning a Gold medal on the Pommel, a Silver medal in the Floor competition, and was part of the history-making team who became the first British men’s team to win a World Silver medal.
2016 saw Max become Britain's greatest ever gymnast and the first Brit ever to win not one but two Olympic Gold medals (Floor Exercise and Pommel horse) within 2 hours. Additional to this phenomenal success Max became the first British gymnast to win an All - Around medal (Bronze) in 108 years!
Alongside his continued gymnastics success, Max is a supporter of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity Redevelopment Appeal and an ambassador for Paul Smith, Adidas, Weston Homes, Nissan and DFS.