The 2019 elite season for the U.S. men kicks off this weekend with the annual Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. Between the junior and senior competitions, 62 current, former and future collegiate gymnasts will vye for titles and compete for a spot on the national team before beginning the second half of the college season.
As always, you’ll find everything you need to follow along with all the meets happening this weekend, including previews of the top matchups and every scoring and video link you could ever need.
USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Challenge
When You Need to Tell Your Friends You’re Busy: Prelims – Friday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET (juniors) and 9:30 p.m. ET (seniors), Finals – Sunday, February 17 at 10:15 p.m. ET
Why You Should Cancel Plans For It: Results from Winter Cup will be used to select the 12 members who will comprise the U.S. senior national team until this summer’s national championships. Oklahoma and Stanford are sending the most gymnasts with 13 and 11 competing, respectively, and 13 total programs will be represented at the competition. Former Michigan gymnast Sam Mikulak headlines the field, and thanks to his 2018 world championship medal-winning performance he will make the national team just by competing on Friday. Mikulak will be joined by the rest of his world championship teammates, including current NCAA seniors Yul Moldauer of Oklahoma and Alec Yoder of Ohio State. Only 28 seniors and 14 juniors will advance to the finals, so check out the table of all the competing collegiate gymnasts below to see who from each school will be contending for those spots.
Routines to Avoid Going to the Bathroom During: Cameron Bock (Michigan) on parallel bars, Alex Diab (Illinois) on rings, Gage Dyer (Oklahoma) on floor, Trevor Howard (Penn State) on rings, Sam Mikulak (Michigan) on high bar, Akash Modi (Stanford) on high bar, Yul Moldauer (Oklahoma) on parallel bars, Stephen Nedoroscik (Penn State) on pommel horse, Eddie Penev (Stanford) on floor, Anton Stephenson (Nebraska) on vault, Colin Van Wicklen (Oklahoma) on vault, Alec Yoder (Ohio State) on pommel horse
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: The top six all arounders after the first day of the senior competition will automatically make the national team, with the remaining six spots determined by the Men’s Program Committee using both days of results. These men will make up the national team until after the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Read more about the competition format and the selection criteria here.
Links and Things
To see all the matchups all in one place, take a look at our master schedule. You can also find live scoring and video links for all this weekend’s competitions below.
|Date||Time (ET)||Event||Scoring Link||Video Link|
|Fri, Feb 15||9:30 p.m.||Winter Cup Prelims||Scores||YouTube|
|Sun, Feb 17||10:15 p.m.||Winter Cup Finals||Scores||YouTube|
Winter Cup Competitors
|Kiwan Watts||Arizona State||Sophomore|
|Jordan Williams||Arizona State||Freshman|
|Adrian De Los Angeles||Michigan||Former|
|Justin Ah Chow||Ohio State||Commit|
|Seth Delbridge||Ohio State||Former|
|Donovan Hewitt||Ohio State||Former|
|Angel Leon||Ohio State||Freshman|
|Sean Melton||Ohio State||Former|
|Alec Yoder||Ohio State||Senior|
|Colin Van Wicklen||Oklahoma||Former|
|Alexander Frack||Penn State||Sophomore|
|Trevor Howard||Penn State||Former|
|Cannon Johnson||Penn State||Commit|
|Stephen Nedoroscik||Penn State||Junior|
*Not competing due to injury.
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Article by Brandis Heffner
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