Updates from Stuttgart, Germany, as official podium training came to an end ahead of competition.
Welcome to the Olympic Channel's blog coverage of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, bringing you all the latest news, videos, and updates.
Podium training came to an end on 3 October, with China, Japan (minus Kohei Uchimura), USA, Great Britain, and Ukraine all taking to the competition apparatus in the hall today.
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2019 FIG World Championships - Stuttgart
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That's it for official training (from us, anyway). Tomorrow, the athletes will take to the arena for competition proper.
Join us in the morning for the first day of women's qualifications.
Asked what the difference was between the pre-Olympic champion Whitlock of 2015 and the Whitlock of today, he said:
"No difference, I like to look at it like that. I'm on the same level playing field as everyone else. Everyone is going to do their job and so am I.
"Everyone trains hard in the back gym; that's what I love about gymnastics. It's so respectful because everybody knows how hard it is. The smallest margins can absolutely put you in first or put you in last."
Max Whitlock says he didn't feel ready to do a floor routine here in Stuttgart.
"Basically, I wanted to do floor, but for me floor wasn't ready. I tried very hard to make sure it was ready and be ready on four apparatus but it just wasn't meant to be. You know, my fitness wasn't up to scratch.
"I don't want to go out to another world stage or big competition, major event, without my floor being crisp. I just don't want that.
"Hopefully by the time Europeans comes round, I can work out how to prepare on floor to the best of my ability and go out with a strong routine."
We've just been speaking to Max Whitlock in the mixed zone. We'll have his reaction to today's podium training, and perhaps an answer for why he's not been picked for floor, to come.
Whitlock is changing into his competition kit for training on the pommel horse, so perhaps he just hasn't been selected on floor.
Meanwhile, over at the parallel bars, Ukraine's Olympic champ Verniaiev is also preparing for a routine.
We're now into our third sub-division of the day, featuring Max Whitlock of Great Britain (Olympic champion on the pommel horse and floor) and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine (Olympic champion on parallel bars).
Great Britain are about to go on floor, and but Whitlock isn't stripping off to practice.
In the meantime, here's video of Verniaiev on pommel horse.
We're happy to say that we will have live streaming from Stuttgart commencing Tuesday, 8 October. Territorial restrictions may apply.
Xiao Ruoteng is the defending world champion on pommel horse. Here he is in podium training on that apparatus.
China and Xiao Ruoteng have now moved onto rings. Here's Xiao's routine from the floor earlier.
USA's Yul Moldauer says he's feeling good after today's training after recovering from being sick.
He told the Olympic Channel in the mixed zone: "Actually I had a virus and my rib was out, so I was like exhausted and I couldn't breathe.
"But now I feel great. I haven't felt this good in a while so I'm happy now."
Introductions done, China will start on floor.
That's it, the USA and Japan are done. We'll have more video and reaction from those teams shortly.
Stay tuned as we now turn our focus to China and Xiao Ruoteng.
All six rotations in this first sub-division have been introduced.
USA starts on floor, and Japan on pommel horse. Also in this sub is Canada.
Six-time U.S. national champion Mikulak recently spoke to the Olympic Channel about his career and his long-term goal in the sport.
After yesterday's rain, we were greeted with clear blue skies as the Olympic Channel team made its way to the competition arena in Stuttgart today.
We're in for a bumper day today as we bring you text and video coverage of Sam Mikulak of USA and Team Japan (10 am), Team China (1 pm), and Max Whitlock of Great Britain and Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev (7:30 pm).
Stay with us, you won't want to miss anything from the final day of official practice before competition begins in earnest tomorrow!