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Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg named an alternate for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team

Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg named an alternate for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team

When the U.S. Olympic trials ended late Saturday night in St. Louis, Donnell Whittenburg was fourth overall. The men’s gymnastics team is a five-man squad, and he had finished eighth in last year’s world championships, best of any American.

So, Whittenburg was asked Sunday, did he feel then that he was headed to Rio de Janeiro?

“In a way,” the Baltimore native and Edgewood graduate said in a Team USA interview, “I did.”

Whittenburg is indeed Brazil-bound, but after a decade-plus of practice, including the past three years at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, he might have to wait until 2020 for another shot at...

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