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MIKULAK Samuel (USA)

Identity

Title
Mr
Gender
male
Lastname
MIKULAK
Firstname
Samuel
Country
United States of America
City
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Country of birth
United States of America
Place of birth
Corona del Mar, CA
Year of birth
1992
Height
166 cm / 5' 5''
Weight
63 kg / 139 lb
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Facebook account
Instagram account
Facebook page
Twitter account

Nickname

Sosa [after baseball player Sammy Sosa], Sam, Hollywood (intlgymnast.com, 09 Aug 2015; olympics.nbcsports.com, 31 Dec 2015)

Hobbies

Reading and writing fantasy books, beach volleyball, using his computer. (usagym.org, 01 Sep 2016; Facebook page, 04 Sep 2017)

Occupation

Athlete

Education

Psychology - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Family

Partner Mia

Spoken languages

English

Club

US Olympic Training Center [USOTC] [Colorado Springs, CO, USA]

Coach

Andriy Stepanchenko [club, national] (flogymnastics.com, 24 Sep 2018)

Sporting relatives

His parents Stephen and Tina competed in gymnastics for the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States of America. (mgoblue.com, 19 Apr 2012)

Injuries

In August 2018 he sustained a minor back injury that affected his training schedule. (olympicchannel.com, 13 Aug 2018)

In February 2017 he suffered an Achilles tendon injury, which ruled him out of the 2017 American Cup in Newark, NJ, United States of America. He returned to competition in August that year. (USA Gymnastics YouTube channel, 16 Aug 2017; intlgymnast.com, 19 Feb 2017)

In October 2015 he suffered an ankle injury in training that forced him to miss the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 10 Oct 2015)

He broke both his ankles at the same time in mid-2011. (fig-gymnastics.com, 06 Mar 2015)

Start sporting career

He began gymnastics at age two. (mgoblue.com, 19 Apr 2012)

Reason for taking up the sport

"My parents were gymnasts so from the time I could walk, they were teaching me skills." (usagym.org, 2012)

Ambitions

To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (usagym.org, 15 Feb 2017)

Awards

He was named the 2011 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. (mgoblue.com, 19 Apr 2012)

Additional information

General
NEW PERSPECTIVE
After training and competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he left Brazil with a new perspective on his sport. "I was tired giving 100%, 100% of the time. I did it for eight months and it was great to know that I'm capable of doing it, but it is a life that you can't do forever. Maybe I took it a little too seriously. Maybe I was trying too hard? Perhaps, I made too many sacrifices and my life was overwhelmed by gymnastics a little bit. I'm trying to take the perspective of letting myself live a little. I'm not obsessing. I want to do gymnastics but do other things in my life, too." (usagym.org, 15 Feb 2017)

NAMED ELEMENT
In 2011 he performed a move on the parallel bars that had never been done before. He was hoping to have the move named after him, but learned that the move had to be completed at an official International Gymnastics Federation meet for it to be named after him. However, he was forced to miss the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, due to two broken ankles. At the meet, Brazilian Sergio Sasaki performed the move, and it was named after him. Mikulak was disappointed, so he made sure to not make the same mistake the next year, when he completed what is now known as a 'Mikulak' at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It is a double scissor forward with a hop from one end of the horse to the other. (teamusa.org, 03 Oct 2012)

COLLEGE FIRST
He became the first freshman student in National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] history to win the NCAA all-around title in 2011. (malecelebbio.com, 14 Jun 2012)

Last update : 2018-10-19

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
89.631 
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
89.041 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.333
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
60
Score Qualif.
13.100
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
14.533
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
15.375
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.400
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.133
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
268.560
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
270.405
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.366
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
14.333
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.050
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.083
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
15.316
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
43
Score Qualif.
14.033
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
269.952
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
275.342
All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
85.273 
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
86.598 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.233
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.333
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.333
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.133
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.200
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.233
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.033
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.533
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.566
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
251.994
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
250.362
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
208
Score Qualif.
13.466 
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
13.466
All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
87.591 
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
87.665 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
42
Score Qualif.
14.900
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.933
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
14.966
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
78
Score Qualif.
14.133
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
63
Score Qualif.
13.633
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
270.369
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
360.393
All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
88.548 
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
89.532 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.033
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
36
Score Qualif.
14.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
14.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.400
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.566
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.366
All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
84.098 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
85.964 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
88.598 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.550
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.950
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
11.950
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.375
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.550
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.125
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.100
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.450
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.900
All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
90.098 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.666
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.800
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.066
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.966
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.700
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.900
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

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