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Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg's tough call helps him to international stage
Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg's tough call helps him to international stage

Donnell Whittenburg rocked back and forth on his feet, his eyes boring into the vault table yards ahead of him as he waited behind the start line. It was Aug. 24, Day 2 of the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, and the 20-year-old U.S. men's national team member was playing catch-up after finishing sixth two nights earlier. So Whittenburg, a Baltimore native who will be competing in the world championships starting Friday in Nanning, China, knew he had to nail a rare vault sequence — so dangerous that it was once thought to be impossible — if he wanted to medal. Only one other gymnast, Ri Se Gwang of North Korea, has accomplished the...

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