Buckle up. This here is a mega-guide to the men’s competition at world championships—what to look out for in each portion of the competition as you follow along.
Qualification Subdivision 1 – October 6, 10:00am local time
Teams – Italy, Taiwan, Kazakhstan
Key Individuals – Rhys McClenaghan (IRL), Artem Dolgopyat (ISR), Alexander Shatilov (ISR), Andrey Medvedev (ISR), Vinzenz Hoeck (AUT)
In the team department, the first subdivision will feature Italy as the pace setter for the remainder of the two days. Italy finished 14th at worlds last year, just a half point out of the top 12. (Reminder: it’s all about the top 12 this year as 12 teams advance to the Olympics.) So, you have to consider the Italians in the mix for Olympic qualification. Every country to follow will be looking at Italy’s score from the first subdivision and saying, “If we beat that, we have a good shot to get to the Olympics.”
Continue reading World Championships Guide – The Dudes
I should start this live blog by talking through where we stand now in terms of a likely worlds team following the events of day 1, but…‾\_(ツ)_/‾????
The highest-scoring team from day 1 had neither Moldauer nor van Wicklen on it (to my mind, the #2 and #3 most likely people to make the worlds team heading into selection camp), and I don’t really know what to do with that. Is that a real possibility? Or do we just say…come on, it’s Yul…and revert back to where we were pre-Thursday? Continue reading US Men’s Selection – Day 2 Live Blog
The 8 men remaining in contention for the US men’s worlds team have gathered in scenic That Hole They Train In At The OTC for the first of two days of competition to determine this year’s world championships squad.
For a full look at what we need to see from these 8, check out the preview. But you can be sure I’ll be crunching numbers after the meet to see which trio best complements Mikulak and Moldauer based on today’s scores. The US has some work to do on the surprise front after GB announced its team today without Courtney Tulloch but including both Dom Cunningham and Giarnni Regini-Moran. (what, did I select this team or something? Because it really feels like I selected it.) Continue reading US Men’s Selection – Day 1 Live Blog
The US men gather at the OTC this week for the final selection camp that will determine the team for world championships. They’ll compete twice, first on Thursday and then again on Saturday, with the team named following competition on Saturday.
Both days will stream on YouTube—September 5th at 11am MT, September 7th at 2:30pm MT. Continue reading US Men’s Selection Camp Preview
Not interested enough to actually follow men’s qualification from Euros? Still vaguely want to keep up with the names and the news
and how the hot ones are doing and whatnot? I hear you. Here’s a quick overview of what went down at men’s qualification today.
- Russians Artur Dalaloyan and Nikita Nagornyy qualified first and second into the Best Little Muscle Gorilla-Man final by a US WAG kind of margin, confirming their statuses as the heavy favorites to go 1-2. World champ Dalaloyan is the default pick for gold, but it wouldn’t take much of a missed day from him for Nagornyy to move ahead.
- Qualifying in 3rd place into the all-around final with a solid margin over the rest was Ahmet Onder from Turkey, very capable of winning that medal if he’s hitting during the final, but also very capable of suddenly being all “oops, my arms are a jelly” and allowing an opportunity for…like anyone? Perhaps 2017 bronze medalist James Hall or form favorite Marios Georgiou, who qualified in 4th.
- Russia advanced two competitors into every event final, also suffering a whole heap of 2per along the way with Nagornyy missing out on vault and floor despite finishing 3rd and 8th on those events, Dalaloyan getting pushed out of horse, and Poliashov getting pushed out of the PBars final. The punishment for finishing third among the Russians on any event is a one-week stint scraping Valentina’s bunions.
- Floor proved the deepest event and most difficult final to make in this year’s European class, but Artem Dolgopyat of Israel nonetheless qualified with a substantial lead. If he hits well in the final, Dalaloyan is likely the only one who can beat him, especially since Nagornyy went all OOB-festival to miss out. Shatilov also advanced to the final, so you’re going to be fine.
- Dom Cunningham did qualify among the top 8 on floor, but sadly a knee injury suffered on vault has cast doubt over the rest of his competition as we await news on its severity.
Continue reading European Championships – Men’s Qualification
The second day of selection camp is upon us. At the end of today, we will know the five-member US men’s team traveling to Doha at the end of October. I’ll be keeping up with the scores at the top of the post here (along with the day 1 numbers) and following along with the action as we go.
Continue reading US Men – World Championship Selection