USA announce five-member men's team
DOHA: Sam Mikulak will lead a five-member US men’s team at the FIG 48th FIG Artistic World Championships.
2017 world medalist Yul Moldauer, Akash Modi, Colin Van Wicklen and Alec Yoder are the other members in the Qatar-bound squad that was announced by the USA Gymnastics on Saturday following a two-day competition held at a selection camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Only Mikulak and Moldauer have World Championships’ experience while the former also has Olympic experience.
The Worlds will feature a team event in addition to competition in the individual all-around and on each apparatus.
Each country is allowed four gymnasts per apparatus in the qualifying round, with the top three scores counting for team qualifying. Three gymnasts compete on each apparatus, and all three scores count in the competition which will be held at the Aspire Dome from October 25 to November 3.
Mikulak, who will turn 26 next month, has won every US all-around title since 2013 and finished as high as sixth in the all-around at the 2013 World Championships.
This will be his fourth Worlds, though he’s still seeking his first individual medal. He finished just off the podium in fourth place during the high bar competition at the 2016 Olympics and 2013 Worlds.
Moldauer won the 2017 national title in Mikulak’s absence, and finished seventh at last year’s Worlds in Montreal, Canada.
"Beyond blessed and honored to be representing the United States of American in Doha Qatar, for the 2018 World Championships. I just want to say thank you family, coaches, schools and friends/teammates for getting me to where I am," tweeted Moldauer, whose third-place finish on floor exercise marked the only medal for the men’s team at last year’s edition.
The team also boasts of a solid All-Arounder in Modi, who came sixth at the nationals while the team will be supplemented by Yoder and Van Wicklen, who thrive more on specific events.
Yoder, a 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist, won his first US title this summer on the pommel horse -- a weak event for the US team.
Van Wicklen will earn his first international experience in Doha. He’s coming off third-place finishes on vault and high bar at nationals besides Allan Bower will be the alternate for the squad.