Brody Malone, Yul Moldauer lead U.S. gymnastic team
Team USA expanded its Tokyo Olympics roster by five on Saturday as the men’s competition concluded at the U.S. gymnastics team trials.
Brody Malone, Yul Moldauer, Sam Mikulak and Shane Wiskus will compete together in the team event. Alec Yoder will join them in Tokyo as an individual competitor. The U.S. will also bring five alternates, an increased number due to COVID-19 precautions.
Get to know the U.S. men’s gymnastics team with some info about their pasts:
The first-time U.S. national champion finished first overall at the Olympic trials with a score of 171.600. Malone was a lock for an Olympic team spot for most of the trials, leading the competition for eight of 12 rotations.
The 20-year-old was also the NCAA all-around and high bar champion in both 2019 and 2021, as well as winning team titles in both years with Stanford. He also won the floor competition in his rookie season, making him the first Cardinal gymnast to win three NCAA individual titles in one season.
Malone was born in Tennessee and grew up in Summerville, Georgia. As a child, he and his brother, Cooper, competed in rodeo competitions.
A medalist in three individual events and the all-around competition at the U.S. championships, Moldauer finished with a score of 168.600 at the Olympic trials. He punched his ticket to Tokyo with a second-place finish overall and top-three finishes in parallel bars, pommel horse, floor exercise and still rings.
Moldauer led Oklahoma to three straight NCAA titles and won seven individual titles of his own in his collegiate career. He was also the 2017 U.S. national champion.
Born in South Korea and prematurely, he first got into the sport through mom-and tot gymnastics classes in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he grew up.
Already a two-time Olympian, Mikulak had a few slip-ups during the trials but ultimately finished with a score of 166.750 and was chosen by the selection committee to once again join Team USA.
Mikulak was the reigning U.S. men’s national champion prior to Malone’s 2021 win. He finished fourth on high bar and fifth in all-around at the 2016 Rio Olympics and fifth in vault at the 2012 London Olympics. At both games, the U.S. men finished fifth in the team competition.
Wiskus was neck-and-neck with Mikulak for most of the competition, finishing with a score of 168.150.
As a senior at Minnesota, Wiskus captured NCAA titles on still rings and parallel bars and finished second in the all-around competition. He earned All-American honors in all events but vault, as well as for his all-around performances.
Wiskus was considered the No. 1 recruit in the 2021 men’s gymnastics class. He has lived his whole life in Minnesota.
Yoder’s performance on his strongest event, pommel horse, was enough for the selection committee to seal his spot for Tokyo. He competed only in pommel and parallel bars, scoring a combined 29.600 and 27.900, respectively, across the two-day competition.
A 2019 graduate of Ohio State, Yoder placed first in pommel horse at the NCAA championships his senior year. He also won the event at the 2020 and 2021 Winter Cup and placed second at the 2021 U.S. championships.