Gymnastics News Network
By: Eileen Patchey
79 men are expected to compete in this year’s P&G National Championships, including 2x Olympian and 4x defending U.S. all-around champion Sam Mikulak (U.S. Olympic Training Center); 2016 Olympic pommel horse bronze-medalist Alex Naddour (USA Youth Fitness Center); 2017 AT&T American Cup and Winter Cup Challenge champion Yul Moldauer (University of Oklahoma); and 2016 Olympic replacement athletes Akash Modi (Stanford University)-the 2017 NCAA all-around champion, and Donnell Whittenburg (U.S. Olympic Training Center)-the 2017 Koper (Slovenia) World Challenge Cup parallel bars gold medalist.
The men’s senior field also features 2016 U.S. pommel horse champion Donothan Bailey (U.S. Olympic Training Center); 2017 Men’s Qualifier all-around champion Marvin Kimble (Salto); 2017 Koper World Challenge Cup floor exercise gold medalist Eddie Penev (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and 2016 U.S. co-vault champion Matthew Wenske (University of Oklahoma).
Other senior national team members registered for the 2017 P&G Championships are: Allan Bower (University of Oklahoma); Sean Melton (Ohio State University); and Kanji Oyama (University of Oklahoma).
Four members of the U.S. Junior National Team are competing in the senior division: Cameron Bock (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Jordan Kovach (Conner Gymnastics Academy); Wenske; and Shane Wiskus (University of Minnesota).
The junior elite competition features six members of the current men’s U.S. Junior National Team: Max Andryushchenko (Ohio State University); Joshua Davis (WOGA Gymnastics); Vitaliy Guimaraes (5280 Gymnastics); Bennet Huang (West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy); Griffin Kehler (University of Nebraska); and Alexei Vernyi (University of Oklahoma).
The P&G Championships determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and the U.S. National Team for the junior and senior elite levels. The competition features the country’s top gymnasts, and will serve as part of the selection process for the 2017 World Championships to be held Oct. 2-8, at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
Source: YouTube,USA Gymnastics
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