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U.S. Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Looks Ahead to Tokyo Games
The U.S. Men's Artistic Gymnastics team will send a balanced team of veterans and newcomers to the upcoming Olympic Games, after five men punched their tickets to Tokyo at the Olympic Trials, held June 24-27 in St. Louis.
Brody Malone, the individual all-around champion at the U.S. National Championships earlier this year, finished atop the all-around standings with a score of 171.600. Malone posted the competition’s highest score on the high bar, as well as the two highest single-day scores.
Also claiming an automatic qualifying bid was Yul Moldauer, the seven-time individual NCAA Champion out of University of Oklahoma. Moldauer tallied a score of 168.600, including top marks in the parallel bars.
Shane Wiskus’ score of 168.150 was good for third place and a spot on the Olympic Team. Wiskus was widely regarded as the No. 1 recruit from his class and has led a prolific career at the University of Minnesota, where he earned All-American honors in every event, sans the vault.
Veteran Sam Mikulak punched his ticket to a third Olympic Games with a fourth-place finish at the trials (166.750). At 28 years old and with a pair of World Championship bronze medals to his name, Mikulak will be a valuable asset to Team USA in Tokyo.
Finally, Alec Yoder — the nation’s most talented pommel horse competitor — will compete at the Olympics as an event specialist, following his victory in that event at the Trials. Yoder’s unparalleled skills earned him back-to-back Winter Cup titles.
Men’s qualifications get underway in Tokyo on July 23rd at 8:00 p.m. CT.