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By Evan Heiter
When Sam Mikulak landed a tumbling pass at the 2011 Puerto Rico Cup something happened. Well, actually a couple things—his ankles simultaneously fracturing.
As opposed to the women’s Olympic selection procedures, the men are permitted to petition directly onto the Olympic team if the need presents itself.
Petitions directly to the 2012 Olympic Team will be considered for approval by the Selection Committee. In order to be considered by the Selection Committee, petitions onto the 2012 Olympic Team must be submitted in writing to USA Gymnastics’ national office as soon as practical after the athlete becomes aware of his inability to participate in the applicable competition and no later than the conclusion of competition at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics.
Mikulak was seen as a likely lock for the team prior to the injury and the shake up likely has the selection committee running all kinds of new potential scenarios.
With a sprained ankle, many gymnast recover completely within the span of a week, so this could be just a minor hiccup on the road to London or it could be a major development in the painting of the picture of Team USA. How will it all play our? We’ll know more in hours – stay tuned…
Update at 11:00 am: Coach Kurt Golder says Mikulak will only compete on the pommel horse in today's competition.
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Insiders, join us for our new Inside Buzz: Friday 5 weekly highlights! Every Friday at 10 a.m. sharp we will highlight our top 5 gymnastics moments of the week! Let’s see who made the cut this week!
- USA Takes All. At last weekend’s Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships, both the Men’s and Women’s US Teams came away with the team gold. With just over four months remaining, this event sparked a new level of excitement for the upcoming Olympics. What are your predictions for who will make the cut to represent the US?
- Wieber Fever. 2011 World Champion Jordyn Wieber made the spotlight on a new front this week. Wieber was a top contender for the 2011 James E. Sullivan Award, the Amateur Athletic Union award that honors the nation's outstanding amateur athlete. Andrew Rodriquez, who plays football for the U.S. Military Academy, was named the winner in an awards ceremony at the New York Athletic Club.
- International Front. John Orozco and Jesse Silverstein are currently representing the US in Germany, at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup. They both competed on the pommel horse, again posting matching scores with 13.275 points. They missed the final, finishing in a tie for 26th place. Teammate Paul Ruggeri also competed on the floor, scoring a 12.875 for 33rd place.
- You’ve Got Mail. The Inside Team is proud to announce that our 50 Most Photogenic issue has hit the mailboxes this week! As one of our favorite annual issues, we love spotlighting some of the most stylish gymnastics, national and international. What do you think of this issue?
- Collegiate Corner. Last weekend, the No. 6 Nebraska women's gymnastics team came from behind in an impressive victory over the Iowa State Cyclones, 196.175-195.700. Tonight in Brockport, NY, the nation’s top Division 3 gymnastics teams will battle it out for the national title. Will defending champs UW-La Crosse reclaim the crown, or will last year’s second-place finishers UW-Whitewater capture their first national title?
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