You never stop learning, says Whitlock of his gymnastics education
DOHA: Even an expert gymnast such as two-time world pommel horse champion Max Whitlock of Great Britain considers himself a career-long student of the sport.
“I’ve learned a lot more about my body, and I didn’t think there was much more to learn,” Whitlock told www.worldgymdoha18.com after Monday’s podium training.
“But it seems like, in this sport, you never stop learning.”
Whitlock, the 2014 world all-around silver medalist, said he has become even more gymnastically astute since he began specializing on floor exercise and pommel horse following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He won gold on those two apparatuses, and bronze in the all-around, in Rio.
“I’ve learned a lot in terms of body maintenance and preparing for and competing on just two pieces, which is so, so different and very, very hard in the same way,” said the 25-year-old Whitlock.
Midway through the current Olympic cycle, Whitlock is all the wiser.
“The first two years (after Rio) were about packing in the difficulty and making sure I focused on those two pieces so I can upgrade them to the level where I wanted to be,” he said. “I know I’ve made the right decision, and now it’s about going for the clean routines.”