This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Less than a year after breaking both ankles in competition, Michigan gymnast Sam Mikulak is in third place going into the finals of the 2012 national gymnastics competition, which airs today on NBC at 1:00 pm Eastern. As many of you know, Mikulak was 2011 NCAA National All-Around Champion as a freshman, and even after his major injuries managed to win the 2012 NCAA title in high bar. Last year’s U.S. national champion, Danell Leyva, is currently in first place (Mikulak was unable to compete in last year’s nationals because of the injuries), and 2011 world team bronze medalist John Orozco is currently in second.
Michigan freshman and last year’s junior national champion Adrian de los Angeles placed 18th overall in Day 1, and Michigan senior Syque Caesar is already set for the Olympics, competing for Bangladesh.
The highest combined scores from this championship and the U.S. Olympic trials held later this month will determine one member of the Olympic Team, after which the other four team members will be determined by committee.
Don't be distressed if you see him in a red uni. That's one of the uniforms for US national team (he's already a member). Maybe today they'll wear the blue.
UPDATE: One step closer to the Olympics. Finishes Nationals in third. With the smaller Olympics teams this year, not much room for specialists, so Sam's amazing consistency over the two-day competition is a major plus. Based on today's performances, the U.S. men's team should be a serious contender in London.
Quick question before the games today: Who you got in the group of death? Denmark, Germany, Netherlands or Portugal . . . It would be hard to bet against the Germans, but the Dutch showed a lot of class in the World Cup two years ago!
Experimenting with some different tan and blacks here myself. Hope you all are having a pleasant evening like I am. What's in your glass/bottle?
Similar to their March Madness competition, ESPN also has a bracket predictor contest for the European Championships that begin today. I've created an MGoBlog group, and if anyone is interested please join! I know this is kind of a late notice, but I just discovered the bracket predictor today. Good luck to all!
Group Name: MGoBlog
^Not sure if that link will work, but give it a shot!
USA went up a spot since last month to #28...I guess some progress is better than no progress, even if it's minimal. But, since the Euro is coming up in a few days, who do you guys have winning it? Any matchups you are looking forward to? This is a pretty slow day, so I figured some of the soccer fans out there would like to share what country they are going for.
For once I won't have to sit at the edge of my seat and pull my hair during a soccer game, since US won't be playing. But I can kick back, relax and watch some good European soccer.