Max Whitlock: Olympic champion felt like ‘complete failure’ after retirement thoughts

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Three-time Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock says he “felt like a complete failure” when he contemplated stepping away from the sport after the Tokyo Games.

He said his accolades “didn’t matter” because he could not see a clear path for his future.

With his target-focused and motivated mindset gone, the 29-year-old said he “struggled” with his mental health.

“I just never in a million years thought I’d feel like it,” he said.

Whitlock secured two gold medals in Tokyo in 2021 to add to the gold and bronze he won at the 2016 Rio Games and two bronzes clinched at London 2012. His other honours include four European Championship golds, four Commonwealth Games golds and three World Championship golds.

After some time off following Tokyo, the Team GB star decided he was done with the sport.

But after speaking about his issues and thinking about the example he wanted to set his three-year-old daughter Willow, Whitlock has confirmed he is now…

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