Mikulak cruises to sixth men’s all-around title at 2019 U.S. Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 10, 2019 – Two-time World medalist Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, thrilled the crowd with high-flying skills and routines on his way to his sixth U.S. men’s all-around title at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Mikulak ties Makoto Sakamoto, who earned his sixth all-around title in 1970. Colt Walker of Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics, and Taylor Burkhart of Morrison, Colo./5280, won the junior 17-18 and 15-16 men’s all-around titles, respectively. The members of the 2019 World Championships Team Squad, along with the U.S. Men’s National Team, were also named.

Competition concludes tomorrow with 2016 Olympic and 2018 World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, looking to secure her sixth U.S. all-around title and tying the achievement of Clara Schroth Lomady, who won the women’s all-around from 1945-46 and 1949-52, in the senior women’s competition at 6:30 p.m. CT. Earlier tomorrow, Konnor McClain of Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics, enters the final day of the juniors with the top mark after the first day at 1 p.m. CT. Tomorrow from 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT, fans can enjoy a free fan fest for gymnastics fans, whether they have event tickets or not, on Grand Boulevard just outside of Sprint Center, as well as inside the KC Live! Block of the Power & Light District. U.S.-based fans can watch the women compete live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

The eight members of the 2019 World Championships Team Squad were determined by the Men’s Selection Committee. The squad will participate in the World Team Selection Camp Sept. 5-9 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The members of the squad are: Allan Bower of Chandler, Ariz./University of Oklahoma; Trevor Howard of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University; Mikulak; Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma; Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Stanford University; Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./University of Minnesota; Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center; and Colin Van Wicklen of Magnolia, Texas/University of Oklahoma.

The 12 members of the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team are: Bower; Howard; Sean Melton of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University; Mikulak; Modi; Moldauer; Stephen Nedoroscik of Worcester, Mass./Pennsylvania State University; Robert Neff of Brookfield, Wis./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center; Whittenburg; Van Wicklen; Wiskus; and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./Ohio State University.

In the senior all-around, Mikulak hit all 12 of his routines en route to a 174.150 two-day total. In addition, he won the event titles for floor exercise (29.300), pommel horse (29.150), parallel bars (30.650) and horizontal bar (28.700). Moldauer was second with a total of 168.600. Modi was the bronze medalist (168.250). Wiskus and Howard finished fourth (167.600) and fifth (164.900), respectively. Alex Diab of Glen Ellyn, Ill./University of Illinois, claimed the still rings title at 29.350, and Wiskus nabbed the vault crown at 28.850.

In the junior men’s competition, Colt Walker of Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics, won the junior 17-18 all-around title with a 160.350 two-day total. He also brought home the vault (28.900) and parallel bars (27.250) gold, and still rings (26.050) and horizontal bar (25.850) silver medals. Garrett Braunton of Olympia, Wash./Cypress Academy, took second at 158.100, followed by Crew Bold of Delray Beach, Fla./University of Minnesota, in third at 154.800. The remaining event champions are: floor exercise, J.R. Chou of Houston, Texas/Stanford Boys Gymnastics, 27.700; and pommel horse, Lazarus Barnhill of Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 26.800.

For juniors 15-16, Taylor Burkhart of Morrison, Colo./5280, won the all-around crown at 159.500, slipping by Nicolas Kuebler of Seattle, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, who was second at 158.750. Asher Hong of Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy, was third (157.900). The event champions were: floor, Kuebler, 27.300; pommel horse, Khoi Young of Bowie, Md./Sportsplex Gymnastics, 26.750; still rings, Isaiah Drake of Los Angeles, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA, 27.100; vault, Burkhart, 28.600; parallel bars, Burkhart, 27.050; and horizontal bar, Kuebler, 26.200.

The 11 men named to the U.S. Junior Team are: Fuzzy Benas of Richmond, Texas/EnRich Gymnastics and Dance Academy; Jeremy Bischoff of Canyon Country, Calif./Waller’s GymJam Academy; Landen Blixt of Fowlerville, Mich./Infinity Gymnastics Academy; Bold; Braunton; Burkhart; Drake; Hong; Paul Juda of Deerfield, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics; Kuebler; Ian Lasic-Ellis of Dover, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; Frederick Richard of Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; Walker; and Young.

The men’s award recipients were: Senior Coach of the Year – Thom Glielmi, Stanford University; Junior Coach of the Year – Tom Meadows, Cypress Academy; Sportsperson of the Year – Sam Mikulak, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center; and Athlete of the Year – Colin Van Wicklen, University of Oklahoma.

Scores for the top three all-around gymnasts
Event scores listed below are for Sat. night only.

  • Sam Mikulak: all-around, 174.150 (86.750/87.400) (1); floor exercise, 14.650; pommel horse, 14.400; still rings, 14.250; vault, 14.300; parallel bars, 15.300; horizontal bar, 14.500.
  • Yul Moldauer: all-around, 168.600 (84.000/84.600) (2); floor exercise, 14.700; pommel horse, 14.400; still rings, 13.900; vault, 14.400; parallel bars, 14.600; horizontal bar, 12.600.
  • Akash Modi: all-around, 168.250 (83.950/84.300) (3); floor exercise, 13.850; pommel horse, 13.900; still rings, 14.050; vault, 14.500; parallel bars, 14.350; horizontal bar, 13.650.

Junior 15-16

  • Taylor Burkhart, Morrison, Colo./5280: all-around, 159.500 (79.450/80.050) (1); floor exercise, 13.500; pommel horse, 13.000; still rings, 12.700; vault, 14.400; parallel bars, 13.550; horizontal bar, 12.900.
  • Nicolas Kuebler: all-around, 158.750 (79.600/79.150) (2); floor exercise, 13.750; pommel horse, 13.100; still rings, 12.600; vault, 13.650; parallel bars, 13.000; horizontal bar, 13.050.
  • Asher Hong: all-around, 157.900 (78.300/79.600) (3); floor exercise, 13.350; pommel horse, 13.400; still rings, 12.800; vault, 13.950; parallel bars, 13.500; and horizontal bar, 12.600.

Junior 17-18

  • Colt Walker: all-around, 160.350 (80.100/80.250) (1); floor exercise, 13.400; pommel horse, 12.700; still rings, 13.100; vault, 14.400; parallel bars, 13.950; horizontal bar, 12.700.
  • Garrett Braunton, Olympia, Wash./Cypress Academy: all-around, 158.100 (78.300/79.800) (2); floor exercise, 13.800; pommel horse, 12.600; still rings, 13.250; vault, 14.250; parallel bars, 13.200; horizontal bar, 12.700.
  • Crew Bold, Delray Beach, Fla./University of Minnesota: all-around, 154.800 (78.100/76.700) (3); floor exercise, 12.900; pommel horse, 12.100; still rings, 12.750; vault, 13.600; parallel bars, 13.000; horizontal bar, 12.350.

Results and other information will also be available at usgymchampionships.com and USA Gymnastics’ website, usagym.org, and social platforms, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Event Information
Single-session tickets are available and range in price from $27-$122. All ticket prices are plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased at sprintcenter.com.

A free fan fest is available for attendees and gymnastics fans, whether they have event tickets or not, Aug. 10-11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. The fan fest will be held on Grand Boulevard just outside of Sprint Center, as well as inside the KC Live! Block of the Power & Light District. The fan fest features interactive inflatables, face painting, photo opportunities, a DJ and more. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream Truck and Ruby Jean’s Juicery will both be on hand.

The fun opportunities continue on the concourse inside the venue. The following is a quick overview of the fan activities available on the concourse on competition days. For the most up-to-date and complete information, go to usgymchampionships.com.

  • GK selfie station. Fans can capture championships memories in GK’s selfie station.
  • GK merchandise booth. Spectators can browse through GK’s popular leotard styles in their fun leotard and merchandise displays.
  • Merchandise. Fans can purchase everything gymnastics, including event-specific tees, other apparel, and more at the merchandise booth.
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics. Spectators will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics. Representatives from St. Louis will be onsite with Trials information and to help place ticket orders. The St. Louis booth will also have a new social media photo opportunity.

The U.S. Championships is part of the Team USA Champions Series.

Ways to watch
Fans who are unable to make it to Kansas City can watch all of the competitive sessions, as well as Wednesday’s podium training, online or television. All four podium training (junior and senior) and junior competitive sessions will be streamed on https://usgymchampionships.com and YouTube.

NBC Sports will have live coverage of the senior competitions. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via OlympicChannel.com, NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

Television coverage
Aug. 11, 4-6 p.m. ET – Senior Men – NBC (tape-delayed)
Aug. 11, 8-10 p.m. ET – Senior Women – NBC (live)

Background information

  • Sprint Center. Sprint Center is Kansas City’s home for live entertainment and sporting events. Anchor to more than $6 billion of reinvestment in a revitalized downtown Kansas City, the award-winning venue has welcomed more than 11 million guests and generated more than $1.01 billion in economic activity since opening in 2007. Having exceeded attendance and financial projections in each year of operation, Sprint Center annually hosts more than 100 ticketed events and is a unique public/private partnership between AEG and the City of Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. The mission of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation is to drive Kansas City’s overall sports strategy, to enrich the quality of life, create economic impact and raise visibility for our region, with the vision of making a better Kansas City through Sports. For the latest on Kansas City Sports Commission news, follow on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and YouTube. Also, follow the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. www.sportkc.org.
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  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its athlete safety policies and procedures, including adopting the updated USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.