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Price, Mikulak Win AT&T American Cup
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The Americans won the AT&T American Cup once again, with Elizabeth Price and Sam Mikulak taking the first FIG titles of the year Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.

The AT&T American Cup is the third of four FIG World Cup all-around events for the 2013-2014 season, with the previous two events taking place in December. Price won the first event, the DTB Cup in Stuttgart, but took second to Romania's Larisa Iordache at the Glasgow World Cup. (Iordache scratched from the AT&T American Cup because of injury.)


Sam Mikulak and Elizbeth Price (USA)

Price won the title with the top score on every event but floor, including a high of 15.700 for a powerful Amanar vault. With big tricks including a standing full on beam and both a tucked double-double and double layout on floor exercise, Price easily won the title by more than 2 points.

"It means a lot to me to win the AT&T American Cup because it is a huge competition," Price said. "To say that I was able to come out and win against some of the top girls from these countries is a huge accomplishment."

Price's teammate, Brenna Dowell, took second with some impressive skills as well. She also landed an Amanar on vault (15.600) but impressed most on uneven bars with a routine that included Beth Tweddle's famous combination (toe-on Tkatchev-half to Yezhova) for 14.733. On floor, she performed a front double pike, double layout and a double front.

"It is so exciting, and I have always looked up to the girls competing in the AT&T American Cup," said Dowell, the alternate to the U.S. 2013 world championships squad in Antwerp. "It's an honor to be here, and it's even cooler to win the silver medal."

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber placed third, with her top score of 15.400 coming on vault for her excellent layout Rudi.

Canada's Victoria Moors placed fourth, taking a large step out of bounds on her "Moors" mount on floor exercise (layout double-double). She hit her new full-in dismount off beam, however, and scored 14.933 for her clean double-twisting Yurchenko.

Mikulak, the reigning U.S. champion, was nearly flawless in taking the all-around title. After breezing through his first four events with ease, he held a lead of more than .6 in the all-around over Japan's impressive Shogo Nonomura. Mikulak missed a Diamidov on parallel bars, however, put Nonomura ahead by .234.

After Mikulak hit high bar, Nonomura needed just a 13.300 himself to take the title. Instead he dropped off on his first skill, a layout Tkatchev, for 13.533 and settled for second place.

"It feels amazing (to win)," said Mikulak, a junior at the University of Michigan. "I wanted to perform better on the last two events, but I was still able to come out on top. The pressure got to Shogo, unfortunately, and I don’t like winning by someone else falling, but I will take victory. I am happy that I could come out on top to be the next AT&T Cup champion."

Great Britain's Dan Purvis won the bronze over three-time German Olympian Fabian Hambüchen, 88.899-88.431.

The FIG World Cup all-around series concludes in April with the Tokyo World Cup.

Read more about the American Cup in the April issue of International Gymnast Magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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2014 AT&T American Cup
March 1, Greensboro, N.C.

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Elizabeth Price 6.3 15.700 6.5 15.200 6.0 14.566 6.1 14.500 59.966
2. Brenna Dowell 6.3 15.600 6.3 14.733 5.2 13.333 5.9 13.866 57.532
3. Giulia Steingruber 6.2 15.400 5.9 13.833 5.8 14.166 5.6 13.933 57.332
4. Victoria Moors 5.8 14.933 5.7 13.466 6.0 14.233 6.1 14.266 56.898
5. Vanessa Ferrari 5.3 14.233 5.6 14.000 5.6 13.900 6.0 14.633 56.766
6. Roxana Popa 5.8 14.866 6.1 12.233 5.8 13.600 5.8 14.166 54.865
7. Sophie Scheder 5.0 12.833 6.4 15.066 5.3 13.866 5.2 12.566 54.331
8. Carlotta Ferlito 5.0 13.833 5.3 13.400 5.3 12.866 5.2 13.533 53.632

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Sam Mikulak 6.5 15.666 6.0 14.800 6.1 15.066 5.6 14.966 6.1 14.700 6.4 14.900 90.098
2. Shogo Nonomura 6.1 14.900 6.0 14.800 6.4 15.133 5.6 15.033 6.6 15.566 5.7 13.533 88.965
3. Dan Purvis 6.7 15.200 6.0 14.200 6.2 14.733 5.6 14.833 6.5 15.233 6.2 14.700 88.899
4. Fabian Hambüchen 6.1 14.033 5.3 13.833 5.9 14.900 5.6 15.133 6.4 14.866 7.1 15.666 88.431
5. John Orozco 6.0 14.866 6.0 14.533 6.4 14.800 5.6 14.700 6.4 14.100 6.6 15.066 88.065
6. Andrei Likhovitsky 5.6 14.633 6.4 14.933 5.6 14.166 5.2 14.466 6.0 14.666 6.4 13.966 86.830
7. Fabian Gonzalez 6.1 15.000 5.7 14.266 5.2 13.666 5.6 15.000 5.6 12.833 6.8 15.166 85.931
8. Sergio Sasaki 6.4 13.966 5.9 13.066 5.6 14.233 6.0 15.200 5.7 13.166 6.1 13.200 82.831
9. Sam Oldham 6.6 14.600 6.0 12.433 5.7 12.833 5.6 13.900 6.2 13.600 6.7 15.300 82.666

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
"Full Price" - Elizabeth Price cover story (January/February 2013)
"Full Force" - Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
"Vintage Ferrari" - Vanessa Ferrari interview (December 2013)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"Taming Fame" - Carlotta Ferlito interview (January/February 2014)
"Sam I Am" - Sam Mikulak cover story (July/August 2013)
"Renaissance Man"- Fabian Hambuchen cover story (December 2013)
"Ready to Rise Again" – John Orozco center poster and profile (November 2012)
"Bronx Bomber" – John Orozco interview (April 2012)
"Nervous Purvis" – profile (November 2012)
"Pure Purvis" – interview (March 2012)
Daniel Purvis cover photo (November 2011)
"Crossing the Border" - Andrey Likhovitsky interview (December 2013)

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Rachel T said:

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I think it's horrible hoe. Elfie got shafted for Nastia
Just my opinion, but Elfie was a very good commentator and didn't deserve to be replaced by Nastia with NBC. I will keep my comments to myself about each commentator, but the move was cutthroat and an emabarrasment. In all honesty, the best commentators we have for the US are Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson. They by far are the most experienced and talented. They have now been pushed down to be commentators for collegiate gymnastics. It's a shame.
It's nice to see Elizabeth Price win and she has a wonderful attitude. Coming in. 4th at the previous. Olympic trials should have made her a lock.
One more thing...did anyone else catch the moment they zoomed on Katelyn Ohashi and one of the Men made a horrible remark...she doesn't look Japanese! It was caught on camera. What a disgrace.
 
March 03, 2014
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