Team GB Appreciation: Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham
Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham celebrate as they realize they will receive a team Olympic medal
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Arguably the biggest star of British Gymnastics this year was 2014 World Championship All Around Silver Medalist Max Whitlock. Whitlock was a member of the history making GB Olympic team that won bronze, the first team medal for the men since 1912. He further made history when he joined teammate Louis Smith on the podium for pommel horse where he earned the bronze medal. At the 2013 World Championships, he placed 4th in the all around. Success continued in 2014 at the Commonwealth Games where Whitlock brought home 5 medals, 3 of them gold. At the 2014 World Championships, errors led him to 14th place in the all-around in qualifications, behind 2 British teammates. Due to an injury, Niles Wilson withdrew from the all around qualification allowing Whitlock to compete. And he did just that. Whitlock earned the silver medal to gymnastics great Kohei Uchimara with the closest margin to Uchimura since his World and Olympic reign began.
Whitlock gives thanks to his fans in the video below - a recap of the whirlwind that was Max Whitlock's 2014.
Sam Oldham was also a member of Team GB's historic 2012 Olympic Team. At the 2014 European Championships, Oldham helped Team GB to a silver medal in the team competition. Individually, he earned the silver medal on high bar. Things were looking up for Oldham as he headed to the Commonwealth Games with Whitlock and other GB teammates. Unfortunately, he had a severe ankle injury that kept him out of that competition and took him out of contention for the World Championship team. Oldham has been persistent with his rehab and is now back working the leg events - vault and floor. His rings have improved drastically and he contnues to show upgrades on his instagram.
Oldham made a video to say thank you to his fans and coaches. There are quite a few upgrades in there including a triple tuck on floor and as a dismount off rings and high bar (one of them even seems to be a full in).
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