July 1, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- University of Michigan men's gymnast Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del mar) became the first American athlete in program history to earn an Olympic berth, as he was selected for the 2012 United States Olympic squad Sunday (July 1).
Mikulak made the five-man squad for his collective performance at the Visa Championships (June 8-10) and at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials (June 28-30). After scoring a day-one best of 91.80 in the all-around at the Olympic trials, Mikulak competed solely on pommel horse on day two of action due to a sprained ankle.
Mikulak is the second Wolverine to earn a berth at the 2012 Olympics, as senior Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) will represent his native Bangladesh at the games. Caesar earned a wild-card berth this spring after winning a gold medal at the Central South Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Overall, U-M now has had nine men's gymnasts qualify for the Olympics since 1956. Previous Results: June 30 | June 28