Sam Mikulak, a 2012 Olympian, and Elizabeth Price, an alternate for the 2012 Olympic team, took home the respective titles at the 2014 American Cup on Saturday.
In the end, both easily captured the win, though Price's victory was a blowout -- nearly 2.5 points over her US teammate Brenna Dowell.
1. Sam Mikulak, Corona del Mar, Calif., 90.098
2. Shogo Nonomura, Japan, 88.965
3. Daniel Purvis, Great Britain, 88.899
4. Fabian Hambuechen, Germany, 88.431
5. John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., 88.065
6. Andrey Likhovitskiy, Belarus, 86.830
7. Fabian Gonzalez, Spain, 85.931
8. Sergio Sasaki Junior, Brazil, 82.831
9. Sam Oldham, Great Britain, 82.666
1. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 59.966
2. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 57.532
3. Giulia Steingruber, Switzerland, 57.332
4. Victoria Moors, Canada, 56.898
5. Vanessa Ferrari, Italy, 56.766
6. Roxana Popa Nedelcu, Spain, 54.865
7. Sophie Scheder, Germany, 54.331
8. Carlotta Ferlito, Italy, 53.632
More on the 2014 American Cup.
What is the American Cup?
Simone Biles, the 2013 world all-around champ, has withdrawn from the American Cup. The press release from USA Gymnastics says, "Biles, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, aggravated that shoulder during the pre-competition training camp at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a US Olympic training site. She is expected to get an MRI in the near future."
No further word on the injury, but hopefully it's not a big one. Larisa Iordache and Kyla Ross also previously withdrew from the American Cup, which will be held on Mar. 1 in Greensboro, N.C. Brenna Dowell, a member of the 2013 world team, will replace Biles.
The meet will be aired live on NBC from 1-3pm ET, and streamed live on the USA gymnastics website from 11:30am-1pm ET. USA Gymnastics will also be streaming podium training on Thursday -- 10:30am-12:30pm ET for the women and 1:30-3:30pm ET for the men. (Get the full American Cup roster here.)
Quick -- if you had to pick just one female gymnast as your favorite, who would it be? Maybe it's Dominique Dawes because her back-to-back floor tumbling was unreal. Or it's Nastia Liukin because she rocked it in the most important competition of her career. Or McKayla Maroney because she can vault better than the men, or Shannon Miller for her consistency, year after year.
Whoever it is, and whatever the reason, vote below. And if it's someone not on the list, tell us who and why in the comments.
Mary Lou Retton
The American Cup field has been determined, and includes 2013 world all-around champ Simone Biles, 2012 Olympians Sam Mikulak and John Orozco, and World Cup champ Elizabeth Price. (Kyla Ross was originally named as the second US gymnast, but, per a USA Gymnastics press release, has withdrawn due to a slight back injury.)
The international field is highlighted with 2012 Olympians Larisa Iordache and Victoria Moors, as well as veteran Fabian Hambuechen.
Belarus - Andrey Likhovitskiy
Brazil - Sergio Sasaki Junior
Germany - Fabian Hambuechen
Great Britain - Sam Oldham
Great Britain - Daniel Purvis
Japan - Shogo Nonomura
Spain - Fabian Gonzalez
USA - Sam Mikulak
USA - John Orozco
Canada - Victoria Moors
Germany - Sophie Scheder
Italy - Carlotta Ferlito
Italy - Vanessa Ferrari
Romania - Larisa Andrea Iordache
Spain - Roxana Popa Nedelcu
Switzerland - Giulia Steingruber
USA - Simone Biles
USA - Elizabeth Price
The American Cup will be held in Greensboro, N.C. on Mar. 1, and will be aired live on NBC from 1-3pm ET, and streamed live on the USA gymnastics website from 11:30am-1pm ET.