Olympic Champion Max Whitlock says Scottish crowds will shine at Glasgow 2018
Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock has hailed Scottish crowds as the loudest ever and says he can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The 24-year old gymnast has a fantastic track record in Glasgow, having won three gold medals during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He returned one year later to clinch gold on the pommel horse at a packed SSE Hydro during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
And following last summer’s record-breaking exploits at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – where he won two gold medals and a team bronze – Max can’t wait to compete for a chance to perform at Glasgow 2018 - an exciting new multi-sport event that brings together some of Europe’s leading sporting competitions.
To be staged every four years the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon and a new team Golf event.
The first edition will be held in the summer of 2018 in a unique sporting partnership between Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin. Glasgow and Scotland will host all events with the exception of Athletics and Whitlock is relishing the chance of going for gold again at the city’s SSE Hydro.
He said: “To add another multi-sport event to the calendar is a huge thing and I'm just gutted it hasn't taken place earlier. It's an amazing idea and it'll be interesting to see the atmosphere that surrounds it.
“Every competition I've done in Glasgow has been incredible so I’m excited to see how these Championships go. The Glasgow crowds are crazy. They are easily the loudest crowd I've ever competed in front of.
Max was a firm favourite with the crowds during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and Britain’s most successful Olympic gymnast says he would relish the chance to compete for Great Britain in front of the Glasgow fans once again.
He added: “It's a huge honour competing for Great Britain in front of a home audience and every home competition I've done has been brilliant. The support really does help us; it gives us the determination to try harder and do more in the competition. We get such a buzz off of that.
“I remember walking out into the Commonwealth Games and I had goosebumps all over my body. And it was the same at the World Championships.
“It wasn't just a great event for the spectators but for the athletes themselves. A lot of them came out of the World Championships saying it was the best competition they'd ever been part of.
“So if they are anything to go by, the Glasgow 2018 European Championships should be a huge success.”
He has a busy year ahead – including the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships in Canada in September – but Max remains buoyed by his success at the Rio Olympics.
He said: “It doesn't feel real yet! It’s crazy that it's all finished. You work so hard towards it for so many years and it's over so quick. It's brilliant to look back on and it gives me a lot of confidence going forward into competitions like Glasgow 2018.”