Max Whitlock: who is British gymnast?

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The Team GB gymnast will be missing from the games in a high profile.

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games get underway in Birmingham this week with a slew of British stars battling for medals.

One recognizable face that will not be featured, however, is gymnast Max Whitlock.

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The highly decorated talentconfirmed his absence in a tweet on Thursday, but made it clear he’ll be at the games to enjoy all the action as a spectator.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Team GB icon…

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Who is Max Whitlock?

Whitlock is a British artistic gymnast and currently Team GB’s all-time most successful gymnast.

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Over the course of his career, the Hertfordshire-born star has won six Olympic medals and a further five at World Championships.

Whitlock rose to prominence during the London 2012 Olympics, winning bronze in both the pommel horse and team events.

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He followed up on this success four years later in Rio, securing gold in the pommel horse and floor exercise and bronze in the all-around.

A third Olympic gold – and a sixth Olympic medal overall – was won at Tokyo 2020 with even more success on the pommel horse.

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Elsewhere, Whitlock has won three gold and five silver medals at World Championships, all of his three gold medals having been on the pommel horse.

His total of five victories in the pommel horse at Olympic and World Championships make him the most successful athlete of all time in this discipline.

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At the European level, Whitlock has four gold, three silver and one bronze medals, and at the Commonwealth Games another four gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

How old is Max Whitlock?

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Whitlock was born on January 13, 1993 making him 29 years old.

The gymnast began his senior career in 2010 and was medaling at the Commonwealth Games that year.

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Has Max Whitlock retired?

As of today, Whitlock appears to have no plans to retire anytime soon but will miss the Commonwealth Games through injury.

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As reported by the Daily Mailthe gymnast will skip the competition while continuing preparations for a comeback from injury.

The Team GB star is expected to attend the World Championships in Liverpool later this year.

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Speaking of last year Speaking of the Birmingham Games, he said: “The Commonwealth Games have been a key event in my career so far and it’s fantastic to have a home game for Team England on the horizon.”

Whitlock has also made clear his intention to compete at the Paris Olympics in 2024, citing his baby daughter as a key motivating factor in his quest for even more podium finishes.

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He said: “Willow has had a tremendously positive impact on my sport, actually putting a lot of things into perspective and letting me relax in some of the most high-pressure environments we travel.

“[She is a] great motivation for me to somehow go further to Paris. I would love for Willow to come out and see what I’m doing.

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“It’s a huge motivation for me to keep going.”

When are the gymnastics events at the Commonwealth Games?

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The schedule for the gymnastics competitions in Birmingham begins on July 29th and runs through August 6th.

The men’s pommel horse, usually Whitlock’s special event, takes place on August 1st at 1pm BST.

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