Hurd, Mikulak win American Cup titles
posted on 03/07/2020

© John Cheng

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 7, 2020 – Morgan Hurd of Middleton, Del./First State Gymnastics, the 2018 American Cup winner, and Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./USOPTC, the 2014 American Cup champion, won the women’s and men’s titles, respectively, at the 2020 American Cup at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The American Cup is the USA’s most prestigious international event and part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series.

Hurd’s score of 55.832 led the field as she won her second American Cup title. Making her senior international debut, 2019 U.S. junior champion Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics took second with her 55.132 all-around total. Hitomi Hatakeda of Japan came in third with 53.799

In the men’s competition, Mikulak earned the title for the second time with a score of 85.332. Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine placed second with 83.064, and James Hall of Great Britain rounded out the top three, earning a score of 82.999. Shane Wiskus of Minneapolis, Minn./University of Minnesota, just missed the podium in fourth, scoring 82.797.

Individual event scores

Men
  • Mikulak: (1): all-around, 85.332 (1); floor exercise, 14.333 (top score); pommel horse, 13.800; still rings, 14.100; vault, 14.400; parallel bars, 14.666 (top score); and horizontal bar, 14.033.
  • Verniaiev: (2): all-around, 83.064 (2); floor exercise, 12.766; pommel horse, 14.533 (top score); still rings, 14.133 (top score – tie); vault, 14.800 (top score); parallel bars, 13.966; and horizontal bar, 12.866.
  • Hall: (3): all-around, 82.999; floor exercise, 13.966; pommel horse, 14.000; still rings, 14.133 (top score – tie); vault, 14.300; parallel bars, 14.200; and horizontal bar, 12.400.
Women
  • Hurd: (1) all-around, 55.832 (1); vault, 14.333; uneven bars, 14.100 (top score); balance beam, 13.733; and floor exercise, 13.666.
  • DiCello: (2) all-around, 55.132 (2); vault, 14.533; uneven bars, 13.733; balance beam, 13.466; and floor exercise, 13.400.
  • Hatakeda: (3) all-around, 53.799 (3); vault, 13.600; uneven bars, 13.866; balance beam, 13.400; and floor exercise, 12.933.
The impressive list of former American Cup champions also includes Simone Biles, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Gabby Douglas, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Danell Leyva, Shannon Miller, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette. Past sites for the American Cup include: New York, N.Y. (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); Ft. Worth, Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia, Pa. (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009, 2018); Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013); Greensboro, N.C. (2014); Arlington, Texas (2015); and Newark (2016-17).