2016 Summer Olympics

Through a slow recovery, Baltimore gymnast Donnell Whittenburg is still fighting for Olympic dreams

Through a slow recovery, Baltimore gymnast Donnell Whittenburg is still fighting for Olympic dreams

Donnell Whittenburg was hurting.

Aloft on the parallel bars, he had glided through the first couple moves of his routine somewhat cleanly. He had picked a challenging one, rated a 6.300. There was none tougher in the 30-man field at the U.S. gymnastics championships on the opening Thursday night in August at Boston’s TD Garden.

But when he moved into the handstand, his muscle-thick arms began to stiffen. He swayed forward.

“I just tried to shift my hand up a little bit so like I could catch my balance, but my hand literally wouldn't come up the bar,” Whittenburg said. “It felt like it...

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