Max Whitlock: Confidence for Rio 2016 is high after Glasgow 2014

Max Whitlock: Confidence for Rio 2016 is high after Glasgow 2014

06 August 2014 / 10:48

In truth I didn’t know what to expect in Glasgow before we arrived at the Games, but across the whole event the atmosphere was incredible and felt so similar to London 2012, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

It’s only been a few days since I left the city but I’m gutted that it’s all over. The 11 days seemed to go so quickly and I wish we could compete at a multi-sport event like the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games every year.

I have so many good memories from London so to experience that kind of support for all the British gymnasts again was fantastic.

It was good fun competing against the other guys as we all trained together leading up to the Games knowing we would be going head-to-head. There was a good bit of banter flying around in the gym but it certainly felt different to when we’re out there as one team. It was great to see so many of us do well and post high scores, which gives us all confidence looking forward to Rio 2016.

Those Olympics in Rio have always been my main target and something my coach and I began working on immediately after London finished. We’ve been focused on a plan to hit a certain level as soon as possible so I can be performing the routines I want for Rio two years before the Games.

The success in Glasgow gives me a lot of confidence and my job now is to carry on producing these results at European and World Championships so that continues to grow for Rio.

We’re enjoying a lot of success as a team at the moment and I feel the tipping point of that was definitely winning the bronze medal in the men’s all-around in London. It was Team GB’s first Olympic gymnastics team medal for 100 years and made everyone believe in us and it’s pushed and motivated us to work even harder.

Over the last two years we’ve been closing the gap between ourselves and the other top athletes in the world and our scores in Glasgow have sent a real statement. Hopefully we can reproduce those in front of everyone else at the World Championships and move closer to the other top nations.

I really believe this is the strongest men’s gymnastics squad that Team GB have ever had and the great thing is that it’s only set to get better with the juniors coming through. They’re a talented bunch and we all push each other to be better. It’s a great thing for British gymnastics and a good time to be involved.