WHITTENBURG Donnell
United States of America
USA
Title
Mr
Lastname
WHITTENBURG
Firstname
Donnell
Gender
male
Country
United States of America
Place of birth
Maryland
Year of birth
1994 (29 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Don Don (usagym.org, 16 Aug 2015)
Occupation
Athlete
Spoken languages
English
Club
Salto Gymnastics: Waukesha, WI, USA
Coach
Anthony Ingrelli [club]
Injuries
He had a knee injury in the early part of 2019. (baltimoresun.com, 19 Aug 2019)

He was bothered by elbow pain in 2018 and 2019. (baltimoresun.com, 19 Aug 2019)

In November 2017 he underwent shoulder surgery. He returned to training in April 2018. (thegymter.net, 30 Apr 2018)
Start sporting career
He took up gymnastics in 2002 in Baltimore, MD, United States of America.
Reason for taking up the sport
"I began gymnastics because I was teaching myself skills and doing 'backyard gymnastics' and my mum didn't want me to hurt myself. My coach saw me in classes and told my mum to put me on the team."
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (washingtonpost.com, 18 Aug 2022)
Hero / Idol
Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng. (nbcolympics.com, 06 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career
His mother Sheila, and coach Abdul Mammeri. (nbcolympics.com, 06 Apr 2016; attamericancup.com, 05 Mar 2016)
Philosophy / Motto
"Don't say the sky is the limit when there's footprints on the moon" [he has this tattooed on his torso]. (Facebook profile, 03 Jun 2021)
Additional information
OLYMPIC DREAM
He considered retiring from competition in 2021, but ultimately decided to continue pursuing his dream of competing at the Olympic Games. "I still feel like I'm missing something. And that's literally the one thing. I've done just about everything you could possibly do in this sport, except going to the Olympic Games. As long as I'm healthy and I have the will to keep going, why not? I definitely have to give credit to one of my good friends, [Dutch gymnast] Casimir Schmidt. He kind of sent me like a letter saying like, 'Since we, you know, we both haven't made the Olympic team, let's just keep pushing and try to make this happen'. And, you know, that kind of really hit like a soft spot. And I was like, 'You know what? That's my boy. He's still going. I might as well keep going, too'." (washingtonpost.com, 18 Aug 2022; olympics.com, 20 Aug 2022)

NAMED ELEMENT
In June 2017 the International Gymnastics Federation [FIG] named an element on the rings 'The Whittenburg'. The element, a triple salto backward piked, was first performed by him in May 2017 at the World Challenge Cup in Koper, Slovenia. (fig-gymnastics.com, 02 Jun 2017)

OUTSIDER
Growing up in Baltimore, MD, United States of America, he recalls being the only person at his school involved in gymnastics. "They thought it was weird. I didn't think it was weird. Everyone has their own path, their own journey, so I was just doing mine. I grew up in not the greatest area for school. Gymnastics took me out of that environment. If it wasn't for gymnastics, my life wouldn't be like this. It's a blessing. I have this sport and it took away a lot of negativity. I was so ready to go to gymnastics every day after school." (nbcolympics.com, 11 May 2016; attamericancup.com, 05 Mar 2016)

Last update : 2024-04-25

World Championships

2022 - 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LIVERPOOL (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
88
Score Qualif.
66.865 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
14.133
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
52
Score Qualif.
12.833
Still Rings
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.433
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.333
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
55
Score Qualif.
13.666
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
110
Score Qualif.
11.900
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
245.692
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
252.295

2021 - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
13.866
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.333

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
65
Score Qualif.
58.498 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
6
Score Final
14.166
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.033
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
14.633
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
13.883
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
14.766

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
8
Score Final
88.797 
Rank Qualif.
31
Score Qualif.
85.131 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
93
Score Qualif.
13.900
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
184
Score Qualif.
12.266
Still Rings
Rank Final
8
Score Final
15.300
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.466
Vault
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.350
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.133
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
61
Score Qualif.
14.633
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
71
Score Qualif.
13.833
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
267.853
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
350.332

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
17
Score Final
86.248 
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
89.631 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
15.266
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
34
Score Qualif.
14.466
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
15.500
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
14.683
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.366
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.533
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
58
Score Qualif.
13.666
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
270.369
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
360.393
World Cup

2023 - FIG Apparatus World Cup 2023 CAIRO (EGY)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
12.733
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
13.933
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.200
World Challenge Cup

2022 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2022 PARIS (FRA)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
13.250
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
12.600
Still Rings
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.600
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.300
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.200
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
13.900
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
13.300
World Cup qualifying for OG

2019 - 44th Turnier der Meister FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup COTTBUS (GER)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
43
Score Qualif.
3.675
World / Challenge Cup

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup 2017 KOPER (SLO)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.300
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.350
Still Rings
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.200
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.400
Vault
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.600
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
14.375
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.750
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.100

2017 - FIG Individual All-Around World Cup 2017 LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
82.665 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2016 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2016 C II NEWARK (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
88.565 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2015 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2015 CII DALLAS (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
89.932 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2014 - ENBW DTB World Cup 2014 C II STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
90.398 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-