Q&A: Meet Max Whitlock

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Last Modified 28 May 2021 First Added 14 April 2021

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

As a youngster, winning seven gold medals at my first ever gymnastics competition.


Who’s your sporting hero?

Jess Ennis, for retaining titles. Retaining titles is 100 times harder than chasing them!


Any advice to the younger you?

Don’t worry about what others are doing.


What’s the one piece of advice you have for someone following in your footsteps?

Set targets.


What is your go to breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast: Scrambled or poached eggs on toast with avocado. Lunch: Salmon and veg. Dinner: Steak. Or a roast.


Favourite snack?

Energy or recovery snacks during competition.


Midnight snacks?

Out of competition, I might treat myself to a biscuit.


How does what you eat change when you are in the build-up to a competition?

I try to eat healthily all the time but 3 weeks away from a competition, I might try to eat even healthier!


If you weren’t an elite athlete what would you be?

Something creative, I’m massively into design. Perhaps designing clothes.


What would your superpower be?

The ability to recover and always feel fresh.


What’s your greatest disappointment?

I think it’s important not to have any regrets.


How do you relax?

Being at home with the family.


Do you have a pet?

No, but I love animals.


When did you first believe you could be an Olympian?

I didn’t even start looking at the Olympics until was 17.


Do you have any superstitions?

I like structures and routines, rather than ‘lucky’ socks.


Your guilty pleasure?

I love chocolate.


What’s your proudest moment?

Having Willow, my daughter. She’s the best thing in the world.


What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Awkward handshakes with famous people, there’s nothing worse and they always happen!


What’s your dream achievement outside of the Olympics?

Happily spending time with my family.


Discover Max’s sleeping habits here.