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Mikulak: 'Another Year Will Be My Time'
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A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Nobody was more surprised than Sam Mikulak of the U.S. when he lost his grip on high bar in the last rotation of the all-around final, dropping him from third to fifth place.

“Going in to that event, I felt really good,” said Mikulak, who qualified third to the all-around final. “I can look back to many other competitions where nerves were a factor, and I think I was beyond the nerves. I put my first releases a little close and played it safe. Having my grip slip on a Tkatchev-half was not the way I would ever have thought this to go down.”

Mikulak gained a reasonable share of redemption in the apparatus finals in Doha, where he finished third on high bar, fourth on vault, fourth on parallel bars and seventh on floor exercise.

Right after the all-around final, however, Mikulak was resolute that better all-around results are to come.

“I’m going to go home and get fired up,” he said. “I don’t know what more I could have done. I have to just keep plugging away, and another year will be my time.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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