Max Whitlock.

Photo: GB gymnast attempts stomach-turning move on edge of Rio mountain

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Max Whitlock's confidence must be sky high right now after securing not one, but two Olympic gold medals and a bronze over the last two weeks.

And the 23-year-old gymnast proved as much on Friday after performing one of his iconic moves at the top of Rio's Sugarloaf mountain before posting photo evidence on social media.

The photo itself is stomach-turning as it shows Whitlock essentially one slight slip away from falling off the edge of one of Brazil's most famous landmark. Scroll down to see the death-defying feat.


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Even just looking at the Team GB star performing the move will make those who lack a head for heights rather queasy.

Then again, this isn't your average joe trying to show off by taking unnecessary risks. 

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Whilst the move isn't for the faint-hearted - what will a sheer drop on one side of Whitlock - if there was one man you'd back to execute it without any drama it would be the Team GB athlete.

He is the countries first ever Olympic champion in gymnastics after claiming golds in the Men's Floor and Men's Pommel Horse events, and he also helped GB to third place in the all-round event.

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His CV makes him the perfect candidate to balance on the edge of iconic mountains, but we certainly wouldn't advise anyone else giving it ago.

Even with his pedigree, and the fact that he clearly made it down Sugarloaf mountain safely, he still had his new found fans a little worried after posting the photo.

Whitlock is undoubtedly one of Team GB's biggest success stories, but it has been a truly remarkable Olympic Games all-around for the nation who currently sit second in the medal table.

With just under 48 hours to go, there is still a chance the team adds to its already impressive 61 medal haul before the closing ceremony, too.

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