Mikulak leads all-around standings at midpoint of 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men's Gymnastics
posted on 06/23/2016

© John Cheng

ST. LOUIS, June 23, 2016 – Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), leads the all-around standings with a 272.150 total after the first of two days of competition at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Gymnastics at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena. Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), is second in the standings at 269.025, and Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma), is third at 267.325. The final day of men’s competition is Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. CT. Competition continues tomorrow with the P&G Women’s Championships with junior women starting at 1 p.m. CT. and the senior women at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The all-around standings reflect scores from the two days of competition at the 2016 P&G Championships and the first day of competition at the Olympic Trials. The U.S. Olympic Trials champion will be determined with a four-day total score. The U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team, pending United States Olympic Committee approval, will be named at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition.

Event scores for the top five in the all-around rankings.
NOTE: The all-around scores listed below are the three-day total/June 23 total.
  • Mikulak: 272.150/90.650, all-around;15.650, floor exercise (top event score); 15.425, pommel horse; 15.025, still rings; 15.275, vault (top score); 14.975, parallel bars; 14.300, horizontal bar.
  • Brooks: 269.025/89.175, all-around; 14.775, floor exercise; 13.800, pommel horse; 14.775, still rings; 15.000, vault; 15.500, parallel bars; 15.325, horizontal bar.
  • Dalton: 267.325/88.325, all-around; 15.525, floor exercise; 13.450, pommel horse; 15.150, still rings; 15.225, vault; 14.150, parallel bars; 14.825, horizontal bar.
  • Akash Modi, Morganville, N.J./Stanford University: 266.225/87.475, all-around; 14.875, floor exercise; 14.125, pommel horse; 14.175, still rings; 14.325, vault; 15.225, parallel bars; 14.750, horizontal bar.
  • Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center): 265.875/88.325, all-around; 15.100, floor exercise; 13.725, pommel horse; 15.175, still rings;15.150, vault; 15.700, parallel bars (top score); 13.475, horizontal bar.
Scores for other notable gymnasts
  • Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center): 264.050 (7)/86.850, all-around; 15.000, floor exercise; 13.250, pommel horse; 14.175, still rings; 15.175, vault; 14.600, parallel bars; 14.650, horizontal bar.
  • Danell Leyva, Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics): 262.025 (10)/88.725, all-around; 14.250, floor exercise; 14.675, pommel horse; 13.900, still rings; 15.075, vault; 15.600, parallel bars; 15.225, horizontal bar.
  • Alexander Naddour, Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center): competed in five events – 14.925, floor exercise; 15.650, pommel horse (top score); 15.225, still rings;15.125, vault; 14.600, parallel bars.
  • John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center): competed in four events –14.375, pommel horse; 15.050, still rings; 15.450, parallel bars; 15.475, horizontal bar (top score).
P&G Championships, junior men
  • Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./Mini-Hops Gymnastics and Matthew Wenske of Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy lead the junior men’s 15-16 and 17-18 all-around rankings, respectively, after the first of two days. Wiskus posted an 84.850 for the top spot, followed by Bennet Huang of Palo Alto, Calif./West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy (82.850), and Alexei Vernyi of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics in third at 82.200. Wenske’s 84.450 gives him a five-point cushion heading into the final night of competition. Mitchell Brown of Fortville, Ind./DeVeau's School of Gymnastics was second at 79.250, with Bailey Perez of Glen Ellyn, Ill./Premier Gymnastics Academy, in third at 79.050.
Event Information

Tickets are still on sale through with prices depending on session and seat location. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster outlets, and at the Chaifetz Arena Box Office. For more information, go to stlouis2016.com.

Performances in St. Louis will determine the five-man U.S. Olympic Team and replacement athlete spots who will represent Team USA at the Rio Olympic Games. The P&G Championships, which has athletes competing on the junior and senior levels, will crown the U.S. titles and national teams for women’s and junior men’s gymnastics and serves as the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Gymnastics in San Jose, Calif.

Ways to follow the action

Television, webcast and YouTube coverage

  • Live competition coverage.
    • Television. NBC will air the final three days of competition from St. Louis live. In addition, NBCSN will provide live television coverage of the first night of men’s competition. The schedule is listed below.
      • June 24 – Women’s P&G Championships, 9 p.m. ET, NBC
      • June 25 – Men’s Olympic Trials, 9 p.m. ET, NBC
      • June 26 – Women’s P&G Championships, 9 p.m. ET, NBC
    • NBC Live Extra. Live simulcast coverage of all four nights of competition will be available through NBC Live Extra on iOS and Android devices, or online at the links below. The schedule is as follows:
    • USA Gymnastics Webcast. With analysts 2008 Olympic medalists Samantha Peszek and Raj Bhavsar, USA Gymnastics will provide live webcast coverage of all four junior competitive sessions from the P&G Championships. Former NCAA and Big Ten champion Evan Heiter will join Peszek and Bhavsar as the host. The webcasts will be available worldwide free of charge at StLouis2016.com/live.
      • June 24 – Junior Women – 2 p.m. ET
      • June 25 – Junior Men – 2 p.m. ET
      • June 26 – Junior Women – 2 p.m. ET
  • USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the events in St. Louis, including nearly every competition routine for the women's P&G Championships, after the conclusion of the event, interviews from media day and post-competition, and clips from podium training.
  • Online. The P&G Gymnastics Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials is easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, start lists, live scoring, and more are available at StLouis2016.com, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices.
  • Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the P&G Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials on Facebook (facebook.com/USAGymnastics) and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the weekend, #StLouis2016.
  • myusagym iOS app. Fans can follow the scores from the events in St. Louis live using the myusagym app for iOS devices available in the iTunes store. Those without iOS devices, can follow the scores at myusagym.com with any mobile device or desktop computer.

The St. Louis Sports Commission is the local host for both events.

The trials and nationals for men’s and women’s gymnastics are being held separately to accommodate the differences in scheduling needed to properly identify and prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The P&G Gymnastics Championships for the senior men were staged June 3-5 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., and determined the men competing at the men’s Olympic Trials. The last time the men’s and women’s national championships were held at different times and locations was in 2008. The U.S. Olympic Trials – Women’s Gymnastics is set for July 8 & 10 at SAP Center at San Jose (Calif.). The last time the men’s and women’s trials were held separately was in 1976.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for all sports are a collaborative undertaking between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies and the local organizing committees.

Background information

  • Chaifetz Arena at the Saint Louis University. Chaifetz Arena (TheChaifetzArena.com) is a 10,600-seat multipurpose venue on the campus of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Spectra Venue Management, operators of Chaifetz Arena, is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering, and finance and administration. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

  • St. Louis Sports Commission. The St. Louis Sports Commission is the privately-funded nonprofit organization that grows, strengthens and moves St. Louis forward through sports. The organization uses the power of sports to enhance the area’s quality of life and generate economic and social benefit for the St. Louis region.