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Not Slowing Down – Whittenburg Getting Stronger With New Skill

Not Slowing Down – Whittenburg Getting Stronger With New Skill

Gymnastics News Network

By Terri Laymon

Donnell Whittenburg will turn 23 years old this August, but he is not slowing down!

After the devastation of only becoming an alternate for the 2016 Olympics, Whittenburg has hit this year with goals set high and ready to accomplish his plans.

One goal Whittenburg has checked off his goal list is the ability to have a skilled named after himself. The International Gymnastics Federation announced that they would be naming of a still rings dismount after the 2016 Olympic alternate because he was the first athlete to compete the skill at an FIG competition. Whittenburg performed what is now known as the “Whittenburg” at last month’s Koper World Challenge Cup.

The “Whittenburg” is a triple back pike dismount off the still rings and is valued as a “H” skill on a scale from A to H, with H being the most difficult.Whittenburg dismount

Whittenburg is the first U.S. gymnast to have a skill on the still rings named for him since 2008 Olympic medalist Raj Bhavsar, who performed a pull through momentary front lever press to Maltese.

Whittenburg went on to end a strong performance overall at the meet, winning gold on parallel bars with a 14.750 and also took silver on vault and floor with a 14.60 and a 14.30, respectively.

Whittenburg has won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He was also the 2014 U.S. National champion on Vault and the 2015 U.S. National Champion on the Rings.

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Source: FIG, USAG, Photo – NBC Olympics

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