Moldauer Slated for All-Around for the U.S. Men

The men’s competition is underway in Kitakyushu and the U.S. will take the floor at 10:10pm ET Tuesday, October 18.

There is no shortage of talent for the U.S. men with three Olympians on the team, including 2021 U.S. All-Around Champion Brody Malone, 2020 Olympic floor finalist, Yul Moldauer, and 2020 Olympic pommel horse finalist Alec Yoder. The men will compete in the fourth of eight subdivisions starting on parallel bars. Moldauer will compete on all six events and will be the lone contender for the U.S. men in the All-Around.

FX: Yul Moldauer, Donnell Whittenburg

PH: Yul Moldauer, Alec Yoder, Stephen Nedoroscik

SR: Yul Moldauer, Alex Diab

V: Yul Moldauer, Donnell Whittenburg

PB: Yul Moldauer

HB: Yul Moldauer, Brody Malone

Team USA at a Glance

For the past eight years, Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak have been the face of gymnastics in the United States. However, with Biles currently touring the country with no further competition plans announced, and Mikulak recently retired, some fresh faces will have the opportunity to step up in Kitakyushu—setting the pace for the next Olympic cycle and the next generation of Team USA. 

On the men’s side, 2020 Olympian Yul Moldauer and two-time World team member Donnell Whittenburg both just so happen to be individual World bronze medalists (Moldauer on floor in 2017 and Whittenburg on vault in 2015) and have a great opportunity to do it again in 2021. There is no shortage of talent for the U.S. men with three Olympians on the team, including 2021 U.S. All-Around Champion Brody Malone and 2020 Olympic pommel horse finalist Alec Yoder. Malone, along with Moldauer, have great potential to win an All-Around medal, which hasn’t happened for the U.S. men since Jonathan Horton won bronze in 2010. Pommel horse is where Yoder comes in. The horse has long been thought of as a weak event for the U.S. men, but with Yoder, who was sixth in the pommel horse final in Tokyo, and 2021 U.S. pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik, the U.S. could put up a good fight for a medal on that event. Rounding out the team is 2020 Olympic alternate Alex Diab who is the reigning U.S. still rings national champion and could contend for a medal there.

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Photos by Lloyd Smith, Ricardo Bufolin and Grace Chiu for Inside Gymnastics

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