Saturday, 29 June 2024 18:25

US Men's Olympic Squad Named

Michigan's Fred Richard leads the US Men's Olympic Squad after winning the Olympic Trials this Saturday.  He secured an automatic spot on the team by not only finishing 1st in the AA, but by placing in the top 3 on 3 events. He will be joined by runnerup Brody Malone, a former NCAA champ and Olympian from Stanford who is also the current US Champion.  Michigan's Paul Juda, Stanford's  Asher Hong and former PSU standout and 2021 Pommel Horse World Champion Stephen Nedoroscik.  Stanford's Khoi Young, a two-time World silver medalist and former Gopher standout Shane Wiskus were named traveling alternates.  Wiskus finished third in the AA at the Trials but the former Olympian missed out on a spot on the main spot because he was not part of one of the highest scoring men's teams, when results were compiled from both the US Championships and Trials.  In the selection criteria, the top 5 potential team scores (including Richard) counting averages of all four scores from the four meets, and the top 5 team scoring combination using the best 3 of 4 were compared.  This calculation produced a high team score containing the same five athletes, under both criteria.  Per the rules, this team was automatically selected, and any more subjective criteria was not used.  Several gymnasts came very close to making the team, as the differences ended up being very small.  

Link:  USA Gymnastics

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