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Sam Mikulak Coasts to Winter Cup Title; 12 Named to Senior National Team

Sam Mikulak Coasts to Winter Cup Title; 12 Named to Senior National Team

Sam Mikulak put together two remarkably consistent days of gymnastics to earn his second Winter Cup AA title. Winning by almost six points, Mikulak had nearly identical scores (86.30/86.20) on both days. He won half of the event titles (FX,PB,HB) and was runner-up on PH. Saturday night's performance was almost like watching a replay of Thursday night's, right down to the [...more]

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Mikulak Soars to Lead Day 1 Winter Cup Qualifiers

Mikulak Soars to Lead Day 1 Winter Cup Qualifiers

A familiar face in the Men's Gymnastics world is at the top of the leader board after Day 1 qualifying at Winter Cup. Sam Mikulak (86.30), despite a fall on his new triple back SR dismount and debuting a new but weaker Yurchenko 1 1/2 VT, simply ran away from his competition just like old times. Mikulak posted the top scores on FX (T1st-14.70), PB (15.20) and HB (14.70), and added a 3rd-place finish on PH (14.65) to distance himself by almost [...more]

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Winter (Cup) is Coming

Winter (Cup) is Coming

Twelve U.S. Men’s Gymnastics National Team spots (three fewer than 2017) will be up for grabs this week in Las Vegas. Six of the spots will be given to the athletes with the top six all around scores, and a further six will be chosen by the Men’s Program Committee. According to the USAG selection criteria, [...more]

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Nebraska, Illinois, Penn State & Stanford Win Opening Contests to Kick Off 2018 Season

Nebraska, Illinois, Penn State & Stanford Win Opening Contests to Kick Off 2018 Season

Nebraska (407.70) posted the opening weekend's best team score to outlast a Rocky Mountain Open field that included Ohio State (404.45), Arizona State (390.95), host Air Force (389.95), Olympic Training Center (386.45) and Washington (370.60). The Huskers were led by two-event winner Kyle King (FX-14.65, VT-14.85) and Antonio Castro (HB-14.00). Alec Yoder led Ohio State with a two-event winning effort (PH-15.05, SR-14.70). Freshman Sean Neighbarger had a great collegiate debut with [...more]

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Malone, Guimaraes & Penev Lead new NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Signing Class

Malone, Guimaraes & Penev Lead new NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Signing Class

Brody Malone, Vitaliy Guimaraes and Kevin Penev lead a strong recruiting class of '18 signees for NCAA Men's Gymnastics. All three gymnasts are current Junior National Team members. Stanford landed this year's top recruiting prize by signing Malone, the 2018 U.S. Junior AA champion (age 17-18). The Cardinal have five signees, including Ian Gunther, who placed 10th AA (17-18) at P&Gs. Illinois signed six gymnasts, including top signee [...more]

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Yul Moldauer Earns First World Championships Medal

Yul Moldauer Earns First World Championships Medal

Newly minted World All-Around bronze medalist Kenzo Shirai was third up in the FX event final, turning in another spectacular routine (15.633), which assuredly earned him the gold medal. The only question left, was who would win silver and bronze. The next two competitors on the start list were Israel's Artem Dolgopyat and Yul Moldauer. Both turned in outstanding routines, but [...more]

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China and Japan Dominate World Championships All-Around Podium

China and Japan Dominate World Championships All-Around Podium

China and Japan were up to their old tricks, dominating the final standings at the 2017 World Men's Gymnastics Championships. China's Xiao Ruoteng (86.933) improved on his 2nd place finish in the qualifying round to earn his first World All-Around title. His teammate Lin Chaopan (86.448) was right behind him to take silver. Japan's Kenzo Shirai (86.431), competing in his first Worlds AA, earned bronze. Shirai, the heir apparent to [...more]

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Moldauer, Whittenburg & Naddour Advance to World Championships Finals

Moldauer, Whittenburg & Naddour Advance to World Championships Finals

The U.S. men qualified three gymnasts to the World Championships finals. Yul Moldauer, Donnell Whittenburg and Alex Naddour will represent Team USA on two events--Floor and PH. Moldauer, as expected, also qualified for Thursday's AA final. He just missed being able to compete in the top group of six, finishing 7th (84.331). Moldauer advanced based largely on his superior execution, which was the 4th highest (50.731) of the top-10 qualifiers. His start value was the second [...more]

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Score Changes in USA Men’s Gymnastics?

Score Changes in USA Men’s Gymnastics?

A recent article about the culture of USAG had some words about the U.S. men’s program that have me very concerned. From USAG sexual abuse scandal is a symptom of deeper issues... ”I witnessed this dynamic in the men’s program. There were instances where scores were changed that [...more]

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Brett McClure Addresses Media After World Team Selection

Brett McClure Addresses Media After World Team Selection

The following is a transcript of a press conference with Men's High Performance Director Brett McClure. The press conference was held at the Honda Center (Anaheim, CA), just hours after the Selection Committee announced the 2017 World Team last Sunday (August 21). Who is on the team for HB? Well, we have a world team camp coming up in a couple weeks (September 5th through September 10th at the USOTC in Colorado Springs) and we will basically be able to finalize our lineups once we get out to camp. Right now, we have a [...more]

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