Mikulak posts top all-around score on first of two competitions at 2018 Men’s World Team Selection Camp
posted on 09/21/2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 20, 2018 – Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, leads the all-around standings after the first of two days of the selection competition held as part of the World Team Selection Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The camp and competition features the eight members of the 2018 World Team squad. Fans can watch the final day of competition on Saturday, which begins at 3:30 p.m. MT, in person or via a live webstream on the USA Gymnastics YouTube Channel.

After the first of two days at the camp, Mikulak posted the highest all-around score of the day at 87.750. Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colorado/University of Oklahoma, was second at 86.100, and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis /Ohio State University, rounded out the top three at 83.500. For team selection, the selection committee will consider both days of competition at the selection camp and the two days of competition at the 2018 U.S. Championships.

The members of the 2018 World Team squad are: Allan Bower of Chandler, Arizona/University of Oklahoma; Trevor Howard of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University; Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Salto Gymnastics; Mikulak; Akash Modi of Morganville, New Jersey/Stanford University; Mouldauer; Colin Van Wicklen of Magnolia, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics; and Yoder.

The top event scores for the day were: floor exercise, Moldauer; still rings, Howard; vault, Van Wicklen; and pommel horse, parallel bars and horizontal bar, Mikulak.

Top three event scores

    Floor exercise
    1. Yul Moldauer, 14.600
    2. Sam Mikulak, 14.500
    3. Akash Modi, 14.400

    Pommel horse
    1. Sam Mikulak, 14.900
    2. Alec Yoder, 14.600
    3. Yul Moldauer, 14.600

    Still rings
    1.Trevor Howard, 14.550
    2. Yul Moldauer, 14.250
    3. Sam Mikulak, 14.150

    Vault
    1. Colin Van Wicklen, 15.000
    2. Yul Moldauer, 14.700
    3. Sam Mikulak, 14.600

    Parallel bars
    1. Sam Mikulak, 15.350
    2. Yul Moldauer, 14.550
    3. Akash Modi, 14.400

    Horizontal bar
    1. Sam Mikulak, 14.250
    2. Yul Moldauer, 13.400
    3. Alec Yoder, 13.300

Under the direction of High-performance Director Brett McClure, the camp includes a two-day competition, Sept. 20 and 22. The camp’s goals include evaluating routines; judges’ feedback on routine execution; and reviewing logistics and plans for the 2018 World Championships. The 2018 World Team will be determined following the two days of competition.

The 2018 World Championships are Oct. 25-Nov. 4 in Doha, Qatar, and provide the first opportunity for countries to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. The three countries that medal in the team competition advance to the Games.

At Worlds, the U.S. men compete in the qualification round in Subdivision 6 on Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. and begin on vault. The women’s qualifying round is Subdivision 5 on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The finals schedule is: Oct. 29, men’s team, 4 p.m.; Oct. 30, women’s team final, 4 p.m.; Oct. 31, men’s all-around, 4 p.m.; Nov. 1, women’s all-around; Nov. 2, event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women – vault, uneven bars), 4 p.m.; and Nov. 3, event finals (men – vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women – balance beam, floor exercise), 4 p.m.

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