Welcome to the live blog for the second day of competition at the 2022 U.S. Men’s Worlds Trials, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado!
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6:31 pm. Today’s leaderboard…
1. Shane Wiskus 82.900
2. Colt Walker 82.800
3. Yul Moldauer 82.700
4. Asher Hong 81.500
6:25 pm. Asher Hong FX: Front full to piked double front, big hop forward but stays inside. Double double layout, step back OOB. Front tuck full to double front, small hop. 2.5 to a weird open front tuck. Triple full with crossed ankles and a step to the side.
6:22 pm. Colt Walker FX: Big step forward OOB on the piked double front. Great position on the 2.5 to double front, but another big step forward. Front layout to front double full. Stuck double full. Big bounce back on the triple full. 13.650 (5.8, 8.050, -0.2)
6:20 pm. Shane Wiskus FX: Big rebound OOB on the piked double front, and then he sits at the end of the 2.5 to double front, ugh. Stuck the double double and side pass. Randi is a little short, hop, and a triple full with his feet stuck but his chest a bit forward. 12.700 (5.9, 7.100, -0.3)
6:17 pm. Yul Moldauer FX: Hop back on the randi. Front double full to front full with a hop. Stuck the crap out of the arabian double front half-out. Flairs are magnificent as always. Clean, stuck double full. Stuck 2.5 to front layout. Huge triple with a bounce back and a balance check, heel almost OOB. 14.200 (5.7, 8.600, -0.1)
6:14 pm. Lining up for floor warmups!
6:10 pm. After five, it’s…
1. Shane Wiskus 70.200
2. Colt Walker 69.050
3. Yul Moldauer 68.500
4. Asher Hong 67.700
HB: Juda + Wiskus
6:07 pm. Break before the final event, floor!
6:05 pm. Colt Walker HB: I missed the very beginning, caught it from the tak full, tak half had wild legs, Kolman, Kovacs, nice! Layout Tkachev with some leg form, I think to compensate for being a bit low, straddle Tkachev, form on the Yamawaki is a bit wild, full-twisting double layout with a hop. 12.850 (5.6, 7.250)
6:02 pm. Shane Wiskus HB: Kolman, Kovacs, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev, all solid! Zou Li Min, tak full only about 45 degrees short, much better than most, sticks the double double layout, just some slightly soft legs in the air. Everyone’s sticking today! 13.650 (5.8, 7.850)
6:00 pm. Paul Juda HB: Layout Kovacs, tucked Kovacs, caught a little close, does a weird stalder out that doesn’t make it to handstand? Gets both Tkachevs, blind change with an arm bend before the tak, some L grip work, tak half, stalder, stuck full-twisting double layout. 13.650 (5.4, 8.250)
5:57 pm. Yul Moldauer HB: Endo, Zou Li Min, bent knees on the tak full and on the tak half, Kolman with legs apart, straddle Tkachev, hop full, Rybalko a little late but not as bad as Monday’s, one-arm giant, full-twisting double layout, flared and stuck. 13.300 (5.4, 7.900)
5:56 pm. Asher Hong HB: Kolman to start, catches it! Follws with a Kovacs, a little close but nothing major. Straddle Tkachev, German giants to stalder, inbar, not the best, and a double twisting double layout, stuck! Great for him. 13.150 (5.1, 8.050)
5:47 pm. Standings after four…
1. Shane Wiskus 56.550
2. Colt Walker 56.200
3. Yul Moldauer 55.200
6. Asher Hong 54.550
Hong is getting scary here…he’ll pick things up on floor but high bar has the potential to take him down even lower than where he is now, so maybe he’s not as much of a lock as he was to me on day one? But with nationals back in the picture, he kind of is. I think even JUST for floor, rings, and vault, he might be necessary and add more than others can add elsewhere. But that vault needs to look like it did on Monday.
5:42 pm. Shane Wiskus PB: Front pike to handstand, takes a step with one hand, transitions between single and back to both rails has a little adjustment as well, next couple of skills go well, one-arm pirouette had a hand adjustment, huge straddle salto, Bhavsar, Tippelt, and a great landing on the double front. Lots of little things throughout that’ll sting a bit. 14.450 (6.2, 8.250)
5:40 pm. Paul Juda PB: Pike to handstand, giant to handstand, one-arm pirouette, Bhavsar, L sit, presses to handstand, clean. Tippelt also pretty clean, tiniest adjustment going up. Slight muscle on the handstand before the double front, stuck! 14.500 (5.7, 8.800)
5:37 pm. Yul Moldauer PB: NIce L sit to handstand and hit something really well after that, I forgot what it was (barani I think), little things on a couple of pirouettes, including leg form in a few spots and a big arch over, I think that came on the Makuts? I’m typing from memory. Hop back on the double front half. Not the tightest but a hit I guess? 13.550 (6.4, 7.150)
5:35 pm. Asher Hong PB: Again couldn’t type (sorry, I’m at work, hoping to knock out an email and then be fully attentive again!) but this was really solid with no major issues. 13.950 (4.7, 9.250)
5:32 pm. Colt Walker PB: Wasn’t typing but think the biggest negative takeaways were coming up short and a little messy on a one-arm pirouette and having an arm form break on a handstand near the end but he muscled out of it. Otherwise a great routine, hit the double front dismount. 14.850 (6.2, 8.650)
5:27 pm. Still on a break. Halfway point scores…
1. Shane Wiskus 42.100
2. Yul Moldauer 41.650
3. Colt Walker 41.350
4. Asher Hong 40.600
Basically the opposite of day one. Cool.
5:23 pm. Those vault scores are…special! But whatever. Break before p-bars up next!
5:20 pm. Yul Moldauer VT: Kaz 1.5, very nice in the air, looked like he got a ton of distance, small hop on the landing, overall great! 14.700 (5.2, 9.500)
5:19 pm. Asher Hong VT: Ughhhh, crashed the tsuk full-in, such a bummer after Monday’s flawless set. Also crashed in warmups but didn’t have the same luck he did on day one. 14.000 (6.0, 8.000)
5:17 pm. Colt Walker VT: Handspring randi, leg form is a bit soft throughout so it’s not the tightest but it’s not bad either. Still think Wiskus may outscore him with lower D? Oh, it’s close! 14.950 (5.6, 9.350)
5:16 pm. Shane Wiskus VT: Huge air on the kaz 1.5. Slightly soft form in the air at one moment. Strong landing, and the chest position was impressive. 14.700 (5.2, 9.500) – damn!
5:14 pm. Vault warmups are underway. Should start any moment with the competition!
5:09 pm. Waiting a bit with a break before vault! I feel like my team right now is going to be Hong, Walker, and Nedoroscik even with Walker’s fall on pommels today, FYI. We’ll see if that changes.
5:04 pm. Yul Moldauer SR: Inverted hang, swings up to maltese, drops down to inverted pike and then swings up to planche, a little tiny bit shaky, I missed a little bit in there, saw an iron cross and then saltos to iron cross, really short on a handstand but doesn’t miss it like he did the other day, and his double double is kinda gorgeous, fantastic chest position on the landing, and stuck. 13.700 (5.8, 7.900)
5:02 pm. Asher Hong SR: Iron cross, inverted cross was maybe a little short, maltese, piked saltos to maltese, took him a second to find that position. Tucked saltos up to handstand was wild, swinging a lot, arched the back giant to handstand, and landed deep on the double double layout dismount. Not his best here… 13.900 (5.9, 8.000)
5:00 pm. Colt Walker SR: Couldn’t type or pay close attention to this one unfortunately! Hit routine with a strong dismount but I missed a lot of the interior. 13.950 (5.0, 8.950)
4:56 pm. Shane Wiskus SR: Inverted hang up to iron cross, inverted hang to maltese, drops to inverted hang then pike before pressing out to maltese, looking clean so far. Saltos to L sit, swinging a little, presses to handstand, a little iffy and slightly arched but controls it well, back giant to handstand is better, stuck a slightly deep double double dismount. 13.850 (5.4, 8.450)
4:53 pm. Paul Juda SR: Inverted hang through to front pike out to maltese, swinging a bit but clean otherwise. Inverted hang to high planche, hips are piked a bit, presses well to handstand. Front giant to handstand, then into his saltos to straddle sit, swinging a bit. Presses out to straddle planche, some hip form and doesn’t hold it quite long enough. Back giant to handstand was fine but again maybe a little rushed? Full-twisting double layout was stuck! 13.450 (5.1, 8.350)
4:52 pm. Touch for rings is wrapping up!
4:50 pm. Long break after pommels because the MAG program knew I wanted to write a soliloquy about Stephen. Moving to rings shortly!
4:42 pm. Stephen Nedoroscik PH: Big test for him. If he doesn’t hit I don’t think he’ll go. Scissors through to circles on the single pommel, then to Russians, really nice and clean. One-arm swing back to circles on both pommels then another one-arm circle. Travels well, until he gets to the end of the horse and has some form breaks in his legs, but he pulls it back together and finishes well. 15.100 (6.5, 8.600)
Hmm. This was his best routine of the season I think. He’s the world champion and has a fantastic routine with tremendous difficulty but even with the hit today I don’t think he’s had one completely problem-free routine between the five he’s done at classics, nationals, and trials. A lot of people are saying “you can’t leave the world champion behind!” but when you compete one routine it HAS to be a consistent 15+ otherwise it’s a massive risk in the team final, so…they might HAVE to leave him behind. That said, his routines with mistakes outscore a lot of hit routines lol (his scores this season = 15.1, 14.7, 14.45, 14.2, and 13.55). Like Juda’s routine was great today but is more than a point back from Stephen with a mistake. So…I guess in that case, I’d take Nedoroscik.
4:41 pm. Live scores are a bit slow today so haven’t seen scores for the last three who went.
4:39 pm. Asher Hong PH: Scissors muscle a bit to handstand, speeds up into his flairs, very quick work and mostly tidy, hit his legs on one handle while Russian-ing on the other, but aside from a little break in his rhythm it doesn’t deter him from continuing, and he finishes strong. Good recovery. 12.700 (5.6, 7.100)
4:37 pm. Okay, scores are here! Adding them below.
They’re using Brody and Donnell’s day two nationals scores on the live scores again so I assume they’re not competing.
4:34 pm. Colt Walker PH: Unfortunately rolled onto his back while circling and fell. Had a few minor form things elsewhere, including some leg deductions while traveling in Russians and in the pirouette for the dismount, but it’s not bad, just a shame about that fall. 12.450 (5.2, 7.250)
There is a meet on My USAGym listed as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!” and I would LOVE if this was secretly the link for day two of MAG trials.
4:33 pm. Shane Wiskus PH: Wasn’t typing during this but it was a hit routine, hip angle wasn’t always great and he had a few moments where his knees went soft, but a hit is a hit! 13.550 (5.3, 8.250)
4:32 pm. Doesn’t seem to be access to live scores today? I’ll update you if I find some.
4:31 pm. Paul Juda PH: Scissors to handstand went well, into his flairs with really nice clearance above the horse, transitions well into the pirouettes then back down into flairs, working very smoothly and showing some great hip and leg form. Pirouettes into a great dismount. Excellent. 13.800 (5.0, 8.800)
4:28 pm. Is this thing starting early? It just went live like, the second Yul started pommels.
Yul Moldauer PH: Wasn’t typing during this due to the SHOCK of how this meet started but it was a great routine from what I saw, better than day one, at least until the very end where he kind of crashed against the horse right as he went to muscle up into his dismount. Le sigh. 13.250 (5.7, 7.550)