The U.S. men named Brody Malone, Yul Moldauer, Shane Wiskus and Sam Mikulak to its four-man team for Tokyo. Alec Yoder will also compete for Team USA, utilizing an additional quota spot earned at the recent Pan American Championships.
Brody Malone, 171.600 Yul Moldauer, 168.600 Shane Wiskus, 168.150 Sam Mikulak, 166.750 Brandon Briones, 166.700 Akash Modi, 166.050 Allan Bower, 165.450 Paul Juda, 164.600
This and That: 2021 U.S. Adult Nationals, Olympic Gymnastics Trials, ISU Junior Grand Prix
This week, Dave returned from the 2021 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships with lots to report about the intensity, gorgeous skating and colorful personalities. Meanwhile, the Russian figure skating instagrams have gone eerily quiet and we discuss what we think it means. Then, we break down program news from Mishina and Galliamov and Papadakis and Cizeron. We break down the ISU Junior Grand Prix updates from Japan and Canada and what it could mean for the skaters. Finally, we discuss our excitement for night two of the 2021 Olympic Gymnastics Trials and discuss how MyKayla Skinner being only one tenth ahead of Grace McCallum is the drama we deserve as we head into one of our favorite reality show finales. It is an episode of "This and That" you won't want to miss!
The U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the Tokyo Olympics was announced late Sunday, introducing a mix of familiar faces and new talents.
The team will feature Simone Biles, MyKayla Skinner, Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, Jade Carey and Grace McCallum. Biles, Chiles, Lee and McCallum will compete in team events, while Skinner and McCallum will compete as individuals.
TODAY's Hoda Kotb was able to speak to all six gymnasts at the Olympic trials in St. Louis, Missouri, where the young athletes qualified for the team.
"The energy here last night was electric when it was announced," Hoda said. "There is some serious star power on this team."
Leading the group is Biles, 24, whose record-breaking scores and gravity-defying routines have been seen at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and other national gymnastics competitions.
Biles said that even though she's an Olympic veteran, she was excited to make the cut for the Tokyo team after a routine that didn't meet her personal standards.
"I'm a little bit older, so I get tired quicker," Biles said. "I was really happy, but I was just sad because everybody came out here to watch us and I didn't give them my best performance. But at the end of the day, it is what it is."
Skinner, also 24, said that as the oldest member of the team by three months, it's been tough to get to this point.
She was an alternate for the Rio Games, which meant that she traveled with the team and would have competed if one of the other gymnasts was injured. Skinner also was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year and was hospitalized, which made it even more difficult to compete this year.