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Yul Moldauer: Youthful Challenger for Rio
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Although U.S. gymnast Yul Moldauer is relatively inexperienced in international competition, his all-around victory at the NCAA Championships in April and his fifth-place all-around finish (tied with OTC gymnast Donnell Whittenburg and Ohio State's Sean Melton) at the (P&G) U.S. Championships make him a potential challenger for a spot on the U.S. team for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I am shocked,” said Moldauer of winning the NCAA title as a freshman. “I came into the meet with the mindset of the team. I knew that, if I did that, success would come.”

Born Aug. 26, 1996, Moldauer trained at 5280 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, before enrolling at Oklahoma in 2015. He was a member of the first-place U.S. team at a 2010 tri-meet among the U.S., Switzerland and Great Britain, held in Lilleshall, England; placed eighth all-around and first on parallel bars in the junior division at the 2013 Kyle Shewfelt Festival in Calgary and won a team gold medal with the U.S. at the 2013 International Junior Mexican Cup in Acapulco.

In U.S. domestic competition, Moldauer was second all-around in the Junior 14-15 division at the 2012 Visa (U.S.) Championships, second all-around in the Junior 17-18 division at the 2014 P&G (U.S.) Championships, and fifth all-around at the 2016 Winter Cup Challenge, a U.S. men’s ranking meet.

Akash Modi of Stanford, who placed fourth all-around at the P&G Championships, is another candidate. He is strong on pommel horse, which is traditionally a weak event for the U.S.

Read IG’s coverage of the P&G Championships and Olympic Trials in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

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