Max Whitlock stays calm despite being in the spotlight at Rio 2016

• Team GB’s leading gymnast is big Olympic medal hope
• Men’s team have had to change mindset after recent successes

Four years ago, in the London athletes’ village, things were becoming a bit too hot for Kristian Thomas: Louis Smith had secretly switched the air?conditioning unit in his room to heating mode as payback for the innumerable pranks that Thomas had pulled on him. It was, at least, good practice for the streets of Rio.

The heat is on for the men’s gymnasts in every sense. In London, when Britain competed in their first team final, they went out with nothing to lose and finished with a surprise bronze. Next week, the expectations on the five-man team will be far higher. “It’s a big, drastic change,” says Thomas, “and the hardest thing for us is changing our mindset. Over the last four years we’ve been in a position where we go to competitions expecting to win a medal and anything less is a disappointment.”

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