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U.S. men announce lineups for upcoming FIG Apparatus World Cup in Egypt, DTB Pokal Team Challenge and Mixed Cup in Germany
posted on 03/08/2022

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 8, 2022 - Olympians Brody Malone (Belfast, Tenn./Stanford University) and Yul Moldauer (Wellington, Colo./5280 Gymnastics) headline a 13-person U.S. men's contingent for the 2022 DTB Pokal Team Challenge and Mixed Cup March 18-20 in Stuttgart, Germany. In all, five senior and five junior men will compete in the DTB Pokal Team Challenge in separate divisions, while three additional senior men will compete alongside three U.S. women's National Team members in the accompanying DTB Pokal Mixed Cup competition. Meanwhile, 2021 World team member Alex Diab (Glen Ellyn, Ill./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center) and college standouts Paul Juda (Deerfield, Ill./University of Michigan) and Ian Lasic-Ellis (Dover, Mass./Stanford University) will head to Cairo, Egypt, to compete at the FIG Apparatus World Cup that same weekend.

Malone and Moldauer will be joined in the senior competition of the DTB Pokal Team Challenge by 2022 Winter Cup all-around champion Vitaliy Guimaraes (Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma) and up-and-comers Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics) and Khoi Young (Bowie, Md./Stanford University) who are both set to make their senior international debuts. In the junior division, the U.S. will be represented by Toby Liang (Roswell, Ga./Roswell Gymnastics), Vahe Petrosyan (Van Nuys Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA), Fred Richard (Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy), David Shamah (McKinney, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics) and Kai Uemura (Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics). Stanford gymnasts Riley Loos (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Curran Phillips (Naperville, Ill.) and Colt Walker (Cedar Park, Texas) will join U.S. Women's National Team members Karis German (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre), Katelyn Jong (Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics) and Levi Jung-Ruivivar (Maple Grove, Minn./Twin City Twisters) in the Mixed Cup.

In the men's Team Challenge on Friday, March 18, up to four gymnasts per country per division will compete on each apparatus with the top-three scores contributing to the team total. The six highest-scoring gymnasts on each apparatus - adhering to the one-athlete-per-country limit - will also qualify to compete for individual event titles the following day. Sunday's Mixed Cup competition will consist of four teams with two gymnasts per country performing on four chosen men's apparatus and all four women's apparatus. All scores will count toward the team total, and the standings after the third round will determine who will compete in head-to-head gold- and bronze-medal matchups in a final, winner-take-all rotation.

Over the course of the same weekend, the third FIG Apparatus World Cup of 2022 is set to take place at the Cairo International Stadium. Up to two gymnasts per country on each apparatus will look to secure individual event titles. Qualifications for men's floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings will take place Thursday, March 17 with the top eight gymnasts advancing to Saturday's apparatus finals. Men's vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar qualifications are slated for Friday, March 18 with the corresponding event finals to follow Sunday. There is no team competition for this event.