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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak, a junior at University of Michigan and from Newport Coast, had an all-around score of 89.532 to lead in the standings after the first of four subdivisions at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. This is the qualification round. The U.S. will have four more gymnasts competing today in the third subdivision: John Orozco, Jake Dalton, Alexander Naddour and Brandon Wynn. Mikulak, who was on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, started strong with a 15.400 on parallel bars, not always his strength.
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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak, a junior at University of Michigan and from Newport Coast, had an all-around score of 89.532 to lead in the standings after the first of four subdivisions at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. This is the qualification round. The U.S. will have four more gymnasts competing today in the third subdivision: John Orozco, Jake Dalton, Alexander Naddour and Brandon Wynn. Mikulak, who was on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, started strong with a 15.400 on parallel bars, not always his strength.
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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
After three of the four qualifying subdivisions at the world gymnastics trials in Antwerp, Belgium, Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast stood second to  Japan's defending world champion, Kohei Uchimura. The fourth qualifying session will be Tuesday morning. Uchimura, who has three world all-around championships plus the 2012 Olympic all-around gold medal, scored 91.924 points and Mikulak had 89.532. China's Lin Chaopan was third with 89.430. The top 24 scorers will advance to the all-around finals.
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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
After three of the four qualifying subdivisions at the world gymnastics trials in Antwerp, Belgium, Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast stood second to  Japan's defending world champion, Kohei Uchimura. The fourth qualifying session will be Tuesday morning. Uchimura, who has three world all-around championships plus the 2012 Olympic all-around gold medal, scored 91.924 points and Mikulak had 89.532. China's Lin Chaopan was third with 89.430. The top 24 scorers will advance to the all-around finals.
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June 11, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
ST. LOUIS -- A day after he had finished an emphatic third at the U.S. gymnastics nationals and moved himself into prime position to make his first Olympic team at the age of 19, Sam Mikulak, a sophomore at Michigan and Corona del Mar homie as he calls himself, was stunned Sunday to see he had 125 new friend requests on Facebook. "That just doesn't happen in men's gymnastics," Mikulak said. "I felt kind of popular, I feel real pleased. " John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, won his first national title with fist-pumping, muscle-heavy gymnastics, and the demonstrative 20-year-old Danell Leyva, whose family came to Florida from Cuba, finished second.
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July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast and his four 2012 U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics teammates, including all-around Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, are registered to compete at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics National Championships on Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn. The other three Olympians in the field are Jake Dalton of Reno, two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and John Orozco of New York. Also expected is Mikulak's University of Michigan teammate, Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach.
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July 26, 2012 | Diane Pucin
Less than two years ago, gymnast Sam Mikulak broke both his ankles on a bad landing during a floor exercise routine in Puerto Rico. Less than a month ago, Mikulak broke a vaulting board during practice, in part because of the strength and power in his ankles. Syque Caesar, who competes for the University of Michigan along with Mikulak and who is representing Bangladesh at the London Olympics, said Mikulak cracked the vault board in half. "We were going to bring that board over here," Caesar said.
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July 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Even their falls came at the right time. The U.S. men's gymnastics team was in first place overall in team qualifying after the two of the three subdivisions contested Saturday, ahead of the favorites from Japan, the defending gold medalists from China and the hometown squad from Britain. The third subdivision on Saturday includes teams from Russia and Germany that are also expected to contend for medals, but the U.S. men seemed to get a boost of confidence from their scoring Saturday.
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June 29, 2012 | Diane Pucin
As Danell Leyva picked up speed on the high bar, letting go and catching it almost faster than the mind can comprehend, Leyva's stepfather and coach, Yin Alvarez, could barely stay on the ground. Alvarez twisted and turned and kicked up his feet, gathering as much momentum as Leyva, and when the routine was over, completed with just a small hop on the landing, Alvarez picked up Leyva and carried him on his back in joy. After 18 total rounds of competition at the national championships two weeks ago and Thursday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose in the first of two nights of the U.S. Olympic trials, Leyva has taken a commanding lead in the men's gymnastics all-around competition.
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August 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Senior-level newcomer Simone Biles eked out a national all-around gymnastics title while two women's locals who were members of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal team won two event finals this weekend. Biles, 16, edged out Aliso Viejo's 16-year-old Kyla Ross to win her first all-around title in Hartford, Conn. Newport Coast's Sam Mikulak, a University of Michigan junior, despite two falls on his last routine, the pommel horse, won the men's title. At only 4-feet-8, Biles put her stamp on the meet with a saucy floor exercise performance and edged out Ross with a score of 120.450 to 120.250.
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August 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Senior-level newcomer Simone Biles eked out a national all-around gymnastics title while two women's locals who were members of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal team won two event finals this weekend. Biles, 16, edged out Aliso Viejo's 16-year-old Kyla Ross to win her first all-around title in Hartford, Conn. Newport Coast's Sam Mikulak, a University of Michigan junior, despite two falls on his last routine, the pommel horse, won the men's title. At only 4-feet-8, Biles put her stamp on the meet with a saucy floor exercise performance and edged out Ross with a score of 120.450 to 120.250.
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July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast and his four 2012 U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics teammates, including all-around Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, are registered to compete at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics National Championships on Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn. The other three Olympians in the field are Jake Dalton of Reno, two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and John Orozco of New York. Also expected is Mikulak's University of Michigan teammate, Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach.
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August 6, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- It's not often Gabrielle Douglas competes in gymnastics and expects to lose. But Monday, the 16-year-old Douglas, who has already won the all-around and team gold medals, was a little slow with her swings, a little low with her pirouettes, and she finished eighth among the eight qualifiers in the uneven bars event final. Sam Mikulak, 19, of Newport Coast, finished fifth in the men's vault. Yang Hak Seon became the first Korean gymnast to win a gold medal when he triumphed in that event.
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July 31, 2012 | Diane Pucin
John Orozco was brought to tears by a vault that he landed sitting down instead of standing up. Danell Leyva cried at the end, when the U.S. men's gymnastics team finished a disappointing fifth, well out of medal contention after what had seemed a triumphant beginning at the Olympics two days before. China scored 275.997 points Monday to win its second straight men's team gold medal and its third in the last four Olympics, with a performance that was a complete reversal from a startling sixth-place finish in team qualifications.
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July 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Even their falls came at the right time. The U.S. men's gymnastics team was in first place overall in team qualifying after the two of the three subdivisions contested Saturday, ahead of the favorites from Japan, the defending gold medalists from China and the hometown squad from Britain. The third subdivision on Saturday includes teams from Russia and Germany that are also expected to contend for medals, but the U.S. men seemed to get a boost of confidence from their scoring Saturday.
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July 26, 2012 | Diane Pucin
Less than two years ago, gymnast Sam Mikulak broke both his ankles on a bad landing during a floor exercise routine in Puerto Rico. Less than a month ago, Mikulak broke a vaulting board during practice, in part because of the strength and power in his ankles. Syque Caesar, who competes for the University of Michigan along with Mikulak and who is representing Bangladesh at the London Olympics, said Mikulak cracked the vault board in half. "We were going to bring that board over here," Caesar said.
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June 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
SAN JOSE -- Danell Leyva, the demonstrative 20-year-old Cuban immigrant whose stepfather and mother coach him and coax him and celebrate with him in equal measures, won the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday and also a guaranteed berth on the five-man team that will go to London. John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, finished second and also earned a guaranteed spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Leyva, who scored 368.350 over four rounds of competition at the U.S. nationals in St. Louis three weeks ago, and Thursday and Saturday here, was bouncing and dancing and waving and screaming while the U.S. national anthem played and the crowd of 10,516 at the HP Pavilion stood and cheered.
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July 31, 2012 | Diane Pucin
John Orozco was brought to tears by a vault that he landed sitting down instead of standing up. Danell Leyva cried at the end, when the U.S. men's gymnastics team finished a disappointing fifth, well out of medal contention after what had seemed a triumphant beginning at the Olympics two days before. China scored 275.997 points Monday to win its second straight men's team gold medal and its third in the last four Olympics, with a performance that was a complete reversal from a startling sixth-place finish in team qualifications.
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June 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
SAN JOSE -- Danell Leyva, the demonstrative 20-year-old Cuban immigrant whose stepfather and mother coach him and coax him and celebrate with him in equal measures, won the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday and also a guaranteed berth on the five-man team that will go to London. John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, finished second and also earned a guaranteed spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Leyva, who scored 368.350 over four rounds of competition at the U.S. nationals in St. Louis three weeks ago, and Thursday and Saturday here, was bouncing and dancing and waving and screaming while the U.S. national anthem played and the crowd of 10,516 at the HP Pavilion stood and cheered.
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June 29, 2012 | Diane Pucin
As Danell Leyva picked up speed on the high bar, letting go and catching it almost faster than the mind can comprehend, Leyva's stepfather and coach, Yin Alvarez, could barely stay on the ground. Alvarez twisted and turned and kicked up his feet, gathering as much momentum as Leyva, and when the routine was over, completed with just a small hop on the landing, Alvarez picked up Leyva and carried him on his back in joy. After 18 total rounds of competition at the national championships two weeks ago and Thursday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose in the first of two nights of the U.S. Olympic trials, Leyva has taken a commanding lead in the men's gymnastics all-around competition.
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