The future is here. Two current stalwarts of NCAA Men's Gymnastics dominated the podium at the 2017 American Cup. 2016 NCAA champ Yul Moldauer (85.931) occupied the top spot, and 2015 NCAA champ Akash Modi (84.398) earned the third spot. Sandwiched in-between was Olympic silver medalist (AA) Oleg Verniaiev (85.699). For Moldauer, it was the second jewel (Winter Cup) captured during this [...more]
The first weekend of 5-Up/5-Count was a success. Oklahoma and Stanford made definitive statements by scoring over 420. The Cardinal did it with reduced roles for Akash Modi, Robert Neff and Grant Breckenridge, and the Sooners did it with reduced roles for Yul Moldauer, Allan Bower and Hunter Justus. Both teams have outstanding depth and leadership.
That depth certainly [...more]
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Gymnastics fans expected a dogfight. They wanted a dogfight, and that's exactly what they got! Stanford's Akash Modi took a slim 1.4-point lead into Saturday night's Winter Cup finals over his Oklahoma rivals Yul Moldauer and Allan Bower, and the Olympic Training Center's Donnell Whittenburg and Donothan Bailey. Modi held on to a scant .35 lead over Moldauer heading into the final rotation. The championship was going to be decided precisely how [...more]
Stanford senior and 2016 Olympic Alternate Akash Modi (86.30) practically led from start to finish to end up the Day 1 leader at the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge. Modi had top-10 finishes on all six events, including the day's best score on PB (14.85). He was able to build up a decent-sized lead to fend off a late charge by Oklahoma's Allan Bower (84.85) and Yul Moldauer (84.85). It was reminiscent of last April's [...more]
Three major Junior events on the world stage await our Junior gymnasts. The Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Held every two years, the Japan Junior International competition is scheduled for 2017 and 2019. The Japan Junior event is perhaps [...more]
Now that Rio 2016 is in the history books, we're changing our focus to Tokyo 2020. Now official, Men's and Woman's gymnastics will be based on four-member teams plus a potential maximum of two event specialists. Since the qualifying round will be a 4-up/3-count format, the four-member teams will likely consist of four all-arounders. The two "event specialists" will compete in the qualifying round to vie for Finals spots on specific events and/or the AA.
When announced back in May 2015, the new format ruffled a lot of feathers. F.I.G. Technical Committee President Steve Butcher [...more]
Stanford Men's Gymnastics' sophomore Josiah Eng recently posted of video of his outstanding new SR skill on YouTube. Eng describes it as a butterfly to handstand, through the inverted cross position. It has never been performed by [...more]
In one of the most exhausting, exciting and suspenseful Olympic Trials ever staged, five gymnasts emerged to comprise the 2016 U.S. Men's Gymnastics Olympic Team. Not one single member earned an automatic bid, by virtue of placing in the top 2 all-around and top 3 on events. However, Sam Mikulak came close enough to make his selection a fait accompli. Mikulak ran away with the [...more]
ST. LOUIS, MO -- In his last Junior competition, Matt Wenske (165.30) completed a sweep of all the major Junior all-around titles. He added the U.S. Championships title to the one he earned at last month's JO Nationals. Wenske also won national titles on FX, SR and VT. The latter one nicely complements the Senior VT title he [...more]
ST. LOUIS, MO -- Couldn't have asked for a more interesting Day 1 at the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials. U.S. champ Sam Mikulak rallied from a near disastrous opening two rotations to maintain his commanding lead in the overall selection standings. Mikulak (90.65) gave up at least a point and a half with major miscues on PB (14.95) and HB (14.30). He then settled down and proceeded to crank out four [...more]