2016 Summer Olympics

Baltimore gymnast Donnell Whittenburg has a new skill and international hopes

Baltimore gymnast Donnell Whittenburg has a new skill and international hopes

Donnell Whittenburg sat high in the arena at the 2016 Rio Olympics, entranced by the intense competition and the crowd’s investment in the men’s gymnastics all-around final.

As a U.S. alternate, the gymnast from Baltimore trained in Rio de Janeiro, fulfilling a longtime dream to attend the games. But as an alternate, Whittenburg didn’t achieve his goal of competing.

That’s fueled his training this year — he plans to attend the P&G Gymnastics Championships, which serve as the nationals, Aug. 17-20, to vie for a world championships berth come October — and helped him debut a still rings dismount named after him for its ingenuity and difficulty.

It’s a mark of...

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