KOPER, Slovenia (June 15, 2022) – Reigning NCAA men’s gymnastics team champions Taylor Burkhart (Morrison, Colo.), Riley Loos (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) and Curran Phillips (Naperville, Ill.) of Stanford will represent the U.S. this week at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Koper, Slovenia. The competition will take place June 16-19 at the Bonifika Arena. Qualifications will be held on Thursday and Friday with finals to follow on Saturday and Sunday.
Taylor Burkhart, who was the 2019 U.S. junior all-around champion, will attempt to add to his collection of international hardware after claiming silver medals on floor exercise and vault at the Varna World Challenge Cup last month. NCAA still rings champion, Riley Loos, will return to Slovenia after finishing just off the podium in fourth on floor exercise at the 2021 Koper World Challenge Cup. Curran Phillips, three-time NCAA champion and 2022 Winter Cup parallel bars gold medalist, was an integral part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. DTB Pokal Mixed Cup team in March and will look to add valuable experience on the world stage.
Countries are allowed two participants per apparatus. Floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings qualifications will lead off Day 1, and gymnasts will take on vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar on Day 2. The top-eight athletes on each event will advance to the finals with a maximum of two athletes per country. Qualifications for both days will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 1:30 p.m. ET. Finals are scheduled to take place from 9:15 a.m. until noon ET on Saturday and Sunday.
Fans can find more information on the competition website.