Mikulak wins men’s all-around at 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships


HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 18, 2013 – Two-time NCAA all-around champion and 2012 U.S. Olympic team member Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./University of Michigan, won the men’s all-around by nearly three points after the second of two days of competition at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Hartford’s (Conn.) XL Center. Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors – USA Youth Fitness Center, finished second with 178.500 points, and Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, was third, scoring 177.650 points.

Mikulak, who held a 2.95-point cushion after the first day of competition, began his competition with a solid routine on rings for a score of 14.800 points. He moved to vault in the second rotation, nearly sticking a Kasamatsu with one-and-a-half twists for 15.150 points. Mikulak added a pair of individual event titles in the third and fourth rotations, sticking his double-pike dismount to take the event title on parallel bars with a combined score of 30.900 points and following with a combined 31.350 points for his horizontal bar routine that featured two full-twisting Kovacs and a double-twisting double layout dismount. Mikulak’s floor routine included a back one-and-a-half-twist to immediate double front, a front double full immediate Rudi, and a triple full dismount for 15.500 points. He finished the night on pommel horse, scoring 13.000 points. His all-around total was 181.400.

Naddour, third after the first day of competition, improved to second place with strong routines on pommel horse and rings. Naddour used a full Kehr to win the individual title on pommel horse with a combined score of 31.050 points and earned the silver medal on rings for a routine that included a one-and-a-half twisting double tuck dismount and strong hold positions with his 30.800 total. Naddour also recorded top 10 finishes on floor and vault.

Finishing third in the all-around, Dalton stuck an Arabian double layout on floor for a total of 31.400 points and the individual event bronze. Dalton also earned a pair of fourth place finishes on rings, with 30.150 points, and on high bar, where he combined a Takamoto-half, layout Tkatchev to Gienger combination for a 30.300 two-day total.

Defending all-around champion John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors – U.S. Olympic Training Center, finished fourth with 177.050 points, earning the second-highest all-around total on the second day of competition with 90.400. 2012 Olympic all-around bronze-medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors – Universal, finished seventh with 174.450 points.

Individual event winners include: Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors – University of Oklahoma, floor, 31.600; Naddour, pommel horse; Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors – Ohio State University, still rings, 31.500; Eddie Penev of Penfield, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors – Stanford University, and Sean Senters of Center Valley, Pa./Stanford University, vault, 30.750 points; and Mikulak, parallel bars and high bar.

Competition concludes tonight with the junior men’s final day at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Men’s Senior National Team
Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma)
Stacey Ervin, Taylor, Mich./University of Michigan
Steven Legendre, Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (Oklahoma)
Danell Leyva, Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)
Sam Mikulak, Newport Coast, Calif./University of Michigan
Alexander Naddour, Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center)
John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center)
Eddie Penev, Penfield, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (Stanford University)
Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton Honors (U.S. Gymnastics Developmental Center II)
Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University)

This year, it will be easier than ever to follow the competition and fan events. Schedules, the official program and general information for both fan and competition activities, including start lists, live scoring and more, are available at PGChamps.com. USA Gymnastics is also providing enhanced event coverage on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Fans can connect with gymnastics enthusiasts around the world by using the event’s official hashtag, #PGChamps.

Live webcast and YouTube coverage

  • Live webcast competition coverage, Jr. Men – 6:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by 1996 Olympic team gold-medalist Amanda Borden, USA Gymnastics will provide live webcast coverage of all four junior competitive sessions. 1996 Olympic gold-medalist Amanda Borden and 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm will provide commentary and analysis.
  • USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the P&G Championships, including nearly every competition routine, after the conclusion of the event, interviews from media day and post-competition, and clips from podium training.

Background Information

  • Connecticut Convention Center. The Connecticut Convention Center, which has a total of 540,000 sq. ft. space, is the site for the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show. The facility offers an outdoor esplanade overlooking the Connecticut River and is connected to both the Marriott Hartford Downtown and the Connecticut Science Center.

  • XL Center. The XL Center, managed by Global Spectrum (a division of Comcast Spectacor), will host two days of competition for both men’s and women’s gymnastics. The XL Center is home to the University of Connecticut Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams along with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers. In addition to resident teams, the XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, sporting events, consumer & trade shows. The XL Center is Connecticut’s home for premier sports & entertainment.