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Olympic Champion Max Whitlock Marries Childhood Sweetheart

Max Whitlock announced his wedding on Twitter and Instagram. Photograph: Max Whitlock/Instagram Last week Great Britain’s Max Whitloc...

Max Whitlock announced his wedding on Twitter and Instagram. Photograph: Max Whitlock/Instagram

Last week Great Britain’s Max Whitlock tied the knot with childhood friend and gym coach Leah Hickton.

The married couple, both 24, met at South Essex Gymnastics Club when they were only twelve years old.

It took young Max two years to ask Leah out on a date, and seven additional years to propose. The wedding proposal, which Whitlock described as ‘more nerve-wracking than the Olympics’, happened during a short break in the Lake District ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.

The Rio Games made Whitlock famous. He came into the Olympics as the current World champion on pommel horse, as well as the Olympic bronze medallist on the same apparatus and with the team, but in Rio he exceeded expectations, winning gold on both pommel horse and, very unexpectedly, on floor exercise, and bronze in a nerve-wracking all around competition.

Whitlock announced the news of his wedding on Twitter and Instagram, writing: 'MR & MRS WHITLOCK. the best day of my life. I AM NOW A MARRIED MAN!! Had an amazing wedding and mini moon!! @leahhickton'.

The newly weds said they are keen to start a family together.


By Talitha Ilacqua

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