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By Jack Warren

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  1. Max Whitlock: Former trainer on rise of golden gymnast

    BBC Radio 2

    How will Max Whitlock react to newfound Rio fame? 

    His former trainer Matt reveals all and talks about how the golden boy's gone from strength-to-strength.

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    Video caption: Max Whitlock's former trainer Matt on how the golden boy's gone from strength to strength
  2. Max Whitlock's mum 'can't put pride into words'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Max Whitlock's mum Madeleine says she "can't put into words" how proud she is of him.

    Max stands on podium to receive gold medal

    Whitlock made history by winning gold in the men's floor exercise and on pommel.

    Ms Whitlock said going into the competition she was "quite relaxed" as she wanted to "really enjoy" it.

    "I can't put it into words how proud I am," she said. "He works so hard, but he loves it. I'm sure there'll be big parties when we get back."

  3. Fellow gymnasts congratulate Max Whitlock

    Fellow GB gymnasts have been congratulating Max Whitlock's double gold win on Twitter...

  4. 'Max made me proud to be from Basildon'

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    It's business as usual here at the Basildon Sporting Village, where double-gold gymnast Max Whitlock trains.

    These gym-goers were particularly happy about the 23-year-old's wins yesterday. 

    Quote Message: Max was incredible... It made me so proud to be part of Basildon." from Kirsten Priddle
    Kirsten Priddle
    Quote Message: He has done so well for his country - and for all of us in Basildon." from Joanne Beckwith
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  5. Nation's media descends on Basildon

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    It's not just me that's made the trip to Max Whitlock's training gym. BBC News, ITV and Sky have all sent reporters down to the sporting village. 

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  6. Three words to describe Max Whitlock?

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    I asked his training mates at South Essex Gymnastics Club to sum up the Olympic champion in three words... 

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  7. 'Our phones are ringing off the hook'

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    The phones at Max Whitlock's gym are already ringing off the hook with people enquiring about membership, according to Rhythmic Head Coach Verity Adams.

    Verity Adams

    "We're all over the moon here, it's quite overwhelming," she said.

    "We'll have to get extra people on the phones, because they want their child to be the next Max Whitlock."

  8. We're live from the training home of Max Whitlock

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Where does Britain's first Olympic gold gymnast train? Basildon, of course... 

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    I've come to the South Essex Gymastics Club where Max Whitlock perfects the tricks of his trade.

    There's lots of people with beaming smiles across their face - I'll bring you what they have to say shortly.

  9. Reaction to Max Whitlock's double Olympic golds

    BBC Look East

    It's a massive achievement that many people are talking about across Britain, but especially in Hertfordshire and Essex.

    Here's a flavour of what is being said on our Facebook page...

    Max Whitlock gives thumbs up to camera

    April says: "Brilliant! Well done Max, you are a great role model for youngsters wanting to get into gymnastics, amazing Olympic result, and I'm sure a few more medals might come along after this tournament, so well done!"

    Carol writes: "A big Congratulations Max, a double gold medal, that's brilliant!"

    Mo says: "What a complete & utter brilliant Champion. Well done Max!"

  10. Whitlock: 'Only child we'd seen walk entire floor area on hands'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Max Whitlock on floor

    Max Whitlock "was always a very hard-working person," says the club leader of his former gymnastics school.

    Max Whitlock on pommel

    Whitlock trained at the Sapphire School of Gymnastics in Hemel Hempstead from the age of six until the age of 11.

    "He was the only six-year-old we'd ever seen who could walk on their hands all around the floor area," said Sally Echlin.

    "We knew straight away that this was a very talented little boy."

  11. Max Whitlock: At his parents' nursery

    Matthew Lockwood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Nursery with banner saying "good luck Max"

    I'm at the nursery owned by the parents of double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock in Hemel Hempstead this morning. 

    Nursery with banner saying "good luck Max"

    Staff here are understandably delighted for him.  

  12. Max Whitlock is front page news

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    By the way... if you're buying your paper today, chances are it'll have Max's face on the front...

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  13. Off to the gym...

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    I'm not clocking off work ultra early - just heading to the Essex gym where Max Whitlock trains, to get reaction at base camp this morning to his historic medal tally.

    I'll bring you more updates when I get there.

  14. Rio 2016: How Max Whitlock made his teenage dream reality

    Aimee Lewis

    BBC Sport in Rio

    Max Whitlock holds gold medal

    Once the merriment and revelry of London 2012 had dimmed, and the country had returned to focusing on the routine, Max Whitlock held a meeting with his coach Scott Dann.

    It was during that one-on-one talk that the boy from Hemel Hempstead said he wanted to be a great, wanted to be remembered, wanted to inspire a nation.

    It was a stirring speech from the winner of two bronze medals at his home Olympics. It excited Hann, it roused him. It was the start of their journey to Rio, to double Olympic gold, to history.

    "I asked if he wanted to be just a pommel horse specialist," remembers Dann. "He said, 'I want to be an all-around gymnast and I want to be one of the world's greatest. I don't want to be a flash in the pan.' That inspired me."

    But what happened from there? You can read all here.

  15. Whitlock wins second gold on the pommel horse

    ...and this is the moment Max Whitlock won his second gold of the day in the men's pommel horse. 

  16. Whitlock creates British gymnastics history - again

    Not being contempt with winning Britain's first all-round Olympic medal in 108 years as he took bronze on Wednesday, Max Whitlock gained the nation's first Olympic gymnastics gold men's floor yesterday, with a score of 15.633.

    ...little did he know, he'd gain a second gold medal a few hours later.

  17. An Olympic-sized welcome

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning - what a weekend it has been for Essex gymnast Max Whitlock! 

    The 23-year-old won two gold medals in the space of a few hours yesterday, making history for British gymnastics.

    Max Whitlock

    Join us throughout the morning for live reaction and coverage of his historic win. 

    This morning, we want you to describe Whitlock's win in three words. Share your suggestions with us via email, Twitter or Facebook