Max is eager to add to Olympic medal tally

Civic reception for Hemel Hempstead's Olympic success and bronze medal winner Max Whitlock.
Civic reception for Hemel Hempstead's Olympic success and bronze medal winner Max Whitlock.

Max Whitlock is eyeing further Olympic glory – but says he is taking time to let his London 2012 heroics sink in before getting back into serious training.

The Hemel gymnast, who won two bronze medals at the Games, was welcomed back to Hemel with a hero’s reception on Saturday, and is taking a couple of weeks to let the enormity of his achievements sink in.

“It’s a bit chilled at the moment and I’m just doing relaxed training to slowly get back into things,” he said.

“Then I’m going on holiday in three weeks which I’m really looking forward to, and after that it’s straight back into proper training ready for next year’s competitions.”

Max, 19, has some smaller competitions to compete in at the start of 2013, and then he is aiming to compete at the World Championships at the end of the year.

In 2014 he will be hoping to add to his medal tally at the Commonwealth Games, before preparing for the big one – Rio 2016, where he is being tipped as a potential gold medal hope for Team GB.

Max said: “It’s hard to think about it just yet because I’m trying to take all of this in at the moment and I don’t think it will sink in for a long time!

“But if I can go to Rio and do as well as I’ve done in this competition (London 2012), I’ll be very happy with that.

“If I could do even better, I don’t think I can describe just how much that would mean to me.”