Mikulak leads men’s all-around at mid-point at 2019 U.S. Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 8, 2019 – Two-time World medalist Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, leads the men’s all-around standings after the first of two days of the senior men’s competition at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Competition continues tomorrow with 2016 Olympic and 2018 World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, two-time World silver-medalist Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays; 2019 Pan Am Games and 2018 World team gold-medalist Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; 2018 World team gold-medalist Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters; and 2019 Pan Am Games all-around silver-medalist and 2018 World team gold-medalist Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, competing in the senior women’s competition at 6:30 p.m. CT, following the juniors who go at 1 p.m. CT.

During the course of the four days, the women and men are vying for junior and senior national team berths and national titles. Each day of competition counts equally, and final rankings are based on a two-day total. Performances at the U.S. Championships are also part of the selection process for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. The U.S. Championships is part of the Team USA Champions Series.

In the senior all-around, Mikulak posted an 86.750 total for the top spot. His six-event score included the best marks for floor exercise (14.650), parallel bars (15.350) and horizontal bar (14.200), as well as the second highest for pommel horse (14.750). 2019 American Cup champion Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, was second at 84.000, followed by Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./University of Minnesota, and Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Stanford University, who tied at 83.950 for third.

In the junior men’s competition, Colt Walker of Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics, is first at the mid-point in the all-around rankings for the junior 17-18 division at 80.100. Nicolas Kuebler of Seattle, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, had the high tally for the 15-16 junior division at 79.600.

Scores for the top three all-around gymnasts
Seniors

  • Sam Mikulak: all-around, 86.750 (1); floor exercise, 14.650 (1); pommel horse, 14.750 (2); still rings, 14.300; vault, 13.500; parallel bars, 15.350 (1); horizontal bar, 14.200 (1).
  • Yul Moldauer: all-around, 84.000 (2); floor exercise, 14.300; pommel horse, 13.700; still rings, 13.350; vault, 14.300; parallel bars, 14.800; horizontal bar, 13.550.
  • Shane Wiskus: all-around, 83.950 (3T); floor exercise, 14.250; pommel horse, 13.450; still rings, 13.850; vault, 14.500 (1); parallel bars, 14.500; horizontal bar, 13.400.
  • Akash Modi: all-around, 83.950 (3T); floor exercise, 14.050; pommel horse, 13.900; still rings, 14.000; vault, 13.800; parallel bars, 14.500; horizontal bar, 13.700.

Juniors 15-16

  • Nicolas Kuebler: all-around, 79.600 (1); floor exercise, 13.550; pommel horse, 13.400 (1); still rings, 12.650; vault, 13.650; parallel bars, 13.200; horizontal bar, 13.150 (1).
  • Taylor Burkhart, Morrison, Colo./5280: all-around, 79.450 (2); floor exercise, 13.150; pommel horse, 12.900; still rings, 12.700; vault, 14.200; parallel bars, 13.500 (1T); horizontal bar, 13.000.
  • Khoi Young, Bowie, Md./Sportsplex Gymnastics: all-around, 79.000 (3); floor exercise, 13.700 (1); pommel horse, 13.250 (2); still rings, 12.450; vault, 14.150; parallel bars, 13.350; horizontal bar, 12.100.

Juniors 17-18

  • Colt Walker: all-around, 80.100 (1); floor exercise, 13.650; pommel horse, 12.800; still rings, 12.950; vault, 14.500 (2); parallel bars, 13.300 (1); horizontal bar, 12.900 (2T).
  • Garrett Braunton, Olympia, Wash./Cypress Academy: all-around, 78.300 (2); floor exercise, 13.850; pommel horse, 12.300; still rings, 13.400 (1); vault, 14.000; parallel bars, 13.100; horizontal bar, 11.650.
  • Crew Bold, Delray Beach, Fla./University of Minnesota: all-around, 78.100 (3); floor exercise, 13.050; pommel horse, 12.400; still rings, 12.850; vault, 13.750; parallel bars, 12.850; horizontal bar, 13.200 (1).

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 and three multi-session packages are available. All ticket prices are plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased at sprintcenter.com.

  • Women’s Day 1 sessions, Aug. 9: both junior and senior sessions, $85-$150
  • Women’s Day 2 sessions, Aug. 11: both junior and senior sessions, $99-$165
  • Senior men’s and women’s Day 2 sessions, Aug. 10/men and Aug. 11/women: both men’s and women’s sessions, $95-$140
  • Single session tickets, Aug. 8-11: range in price from $27-$122, depending on the session and day

The competition schedule, which is subject to change, for the four days is below. All times are Central.

  • Friday, August 9: Women’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors
  • Saturday, August 10: Men’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors
  • Sunday, August 11: Women’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors

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.
  • GK autograph sessions. The daily autograph schedule, which is subject to change, will be listed on usgymchampionships.com. Approximately 300 individuals will have the opportunity for an autograph during the allotted time for each opportunity.
    • Aug. 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Two-time Olympian and World-medalist Sam Mikulak and World medalist Yul Moldauer.
  • 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.

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://www.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. 9, 8-10 p.m. ET – Senior Women – NBCSN (live)
Aug. 10, 8-10 p.m. ET – Senior Men – NBCSN (live)
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.
  • Visit KC. Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating nearly 48,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com.
  • 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.