KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Olympian Blaine Wilson (Columbus, Ohio) leads the men’s World Team Trials after preliminary competition on Sept. 15. Wilson, four-time national champion, carries a score of 40.288 into the Sept. 17 finals.
On John Roethlisberger: “Johnny is spectacular! Nobody will be in the sport as long as he has been. He seems to get better and better. He pushes me, and one thing I’ve learned from John: Pain don’t hurt!”
“The first meet is usually my weakest. I’m going to relax tomorrow by playing some golf.” (His best score is a 79 on the Ohio State course in Columbus.)
On his 9.9 on the rings: “The scoring here is a little different. It probably would have been a 9.7 in international competition, but I’ll take a 9.9. It’s more exciting for fans to see high scores.”
“I struggled on the rings because of a shoulder injury, but it went good.”