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
Simone Biles, the 2013 world all-around champ, has withdrawn from the American Cup.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.
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.
Check out these interesting shots from Getty's Hulton Archive -- of past gymnastics legends like Nadia Comaneci, Ludmilla Tourischeva, Yukio Endo, and Olga Korbut. You'll also see the "vaulting box" and one of the strangest stretches ever.
But there's lots you can do, both before and during a competition, so that any pressure you feel doesn't get in the way of doing your best.
The national anthem gives you instant nerves. You've swung bars with a giant, bloody rip, or bled on another piece of equipment. You have way more leotards than pants. You don't like it when people say "the splits." (And by the way, of course you can do them...or you wouldn't be a gymnast.) You'll watch any gymnastics meet on TV, multiple times. If someone says "Nastia" or "Gabby" or "Shawn" or "McKayla" you definitely don't need to hear a last name to know who they're talking about...
Gymnastics may well be the most photogenic of all sports.
Here, we've put together 10 shots of beautiful gymnastics, captured at just the right moment in time. The gallery features Kyla Ross, Nastia Liukin, Dominique Moceanu, and Kohei Uchimura, among others -- so these photos span the generations of past and present.
I just had one of those moments: I realized that not only is Thanksgiving next week, but that Dec. 1 is the weekend after Thanksgiving. Eeks!
Since we're all supposed to get every last gift purchased on Black Friday and wrapped before the holiday parties start, I put together this list of gymnastics gifts. Consider it eight gift ideas for the fan or gymnast in your life -- male or female, young or old. Some may not apply to all, but hopefully something will fit the bill. (And for the uber fan, many may well apply. I know a few people who have multiple items on this list.)
Got other gift ideas? Submit them in the comments. I'm happy to grow this list!
Simone Biles, the 2013 US national champ, took the world all-around title on Friday in Antwerp, Belgium with an impressive display across four events. Biles earned first by almost 1.00 over US teammate Kyla Ross, though Ross had a slim margin after three events. The pair was also 1-2 in prelims.
Russia's Aliya Mustafina was third, while Larisa Iordache of Romania ended up fourth after a fall off beam.
The US women have reached an incredible level of dominance in international all-around competitions, winning the world or Olympic title in 2004 (Carly Patterson), 2005 (Chellsie Memmel), 2007 (Shawn Johnson), 2008 (Nastia Liukin), 2009 (Bridget Sloan), 2011 (Jordyn Wieber), 2012 (Gabby Douglas), and 2013. What's most interesting, perhaps? Each time, a different gymnast has taken the top spot.