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Max Whitlock finished with all-around

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Brit Max Whitlock, the only male gymnast to win three individual medals (and two golds) in Rio, will not compete in the all-around anymore.

Whitlock, 24, won Olympic floor exercise and pommel horse titles.

He also placed third in the all-around behind Japan’s Kohei Uchimura and Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev, the clear favorites for the world championships in Montreal next month.

Whitlock, who previously took all-around silver to Uchimura at 2014 Worlds, has narrowed his focus from the six-event all-around to floor and pommel horse in hopes of extending his career for another two Olympics.

For Tokyo 2020, gymnastics rosters will include four men for the team event, where three are used on each of the six apparatus.

Two more athletes per nation can qualify for individual events only. Whitlock eyes one of those spots.

“If I want to continue in the sport for as long as I do, which is another seven years … I have to drop my hours. I have to reduce what I’m doing,” Whitlock said in an ITV interview, confirming reports earlier this summer quoting him and his coach about giving up the all-around.

Whitlock is the only British gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Texas native Simone Biles joins relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey

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After her hometown was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, gymnast Simone Biles pitched in to help Houston recover from the devastating storm.

The Olympic gymnast, who won four gold medals and a bronze in Rio, volunteered at a flood distribution center with her family to help sort donated clothes.

She also made an appearance at a local shelter on Wednesday night.

20-year-old Biles, who lives with her family in Spring, a suburb north of Houston, said on Good Morning America that she wasn’t personally affected by Harvey.

“It was a bit scary but we’re all doing good,” she told Robin Roberts.

Speaking from the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center, Biles said that Houston’s reaction to the storm has been very moving.

“I feel like Houston is one of the strongest cities in the world,” she said, “so it is amazing to see everyone giving back. Even people who have lost their everything in this storm are coming and volunteering, so that’s super exciting to see.”

She also added that the many of the donations centers have received so many supplies that what they need most are boxes and tape to hold and distribute everything.

Biles was born in Ohio and moved to Texas as a toddler when she was adopted by her grandfather and his wife, Ron and Nellie Biles.

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Cheerleading coach in viral splits video falsely claims to be “Olympic athlete”

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Ozell Williams, a cheerleading coach at East High School in Denver, Colo., has gained national notoriety and been placed under criminal investigation after videos were made public of him physically forcing teenage cheerleaders into the splits position while they scream in pain.

On the website for Mile High Tumblers, the 28-year-old claims to be “an Olympic athlete having won 3 Team USA First place rings in preliminary games”– but has never been a member of an Olympic team or competed at an Olympic Games.

Mile High Tumblers is a nonprofit organization for young athletes that focuses on tumbling, which is recognized as a competitive sport by the International Gymnastics Federation but is not contested at the Olympics. Cheerleading has also never been included on the Olympic program, although it could potentially join the Games in 2024. The International Olympic Committee granted it provisional status in 2016, the first step to future inclusion.

According to FOX31, the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed that “Williams was never on any Olympic roster.” A spokesperson for USA Gymnastics added that there is “no record of him being invited to the Olympic Gymnastics Trials, let alone winning three ring titles.”

“Nobody has ever heard of him,” USA Gymnastics said.

A 2011 profile of Williams referred to him as “a member of the USA Olympic Cheer Team for 2012 in London.”

Williams was on USA Cheer’s National Coed Team, which the Tumblers’ website describes the team as “the most prestigious collegiate team in the world.” The National Coed Team has won multiple gold medals at the World Cheerleading Championships.

A group of U.S. cheerleaders performed at men’s basketball semifinal and final games at the 2012 London Olympics, and it’s possible that Williams was a member of that squad.

But that would not make him an Olympic athlete.

The video of Williams pushing a 13-year-old cheerleader deeper into a splits position while she cried and repeatedly asked him to stop went viral after it was sent to local news stations in Denver. Williams and four other staffers were suspended from the high school while both the police and school district conduct their investigations.

Williams told the Denver Post, “You can definitely say that what was in the video could be seen in a different light,” Williams said. “I would love to tell my story, but I can’t say anything else at this time.”

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