Frederic Richard, Brody Malone and others named to US Olympic gymnastics team

MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team hopes to become the first team to win an Olympic medal since 2008.

The men's team was announced at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in Minneapolis on Saturday: Frederic Richard, Brody Malone, Paul Judah, Asher Hong and Stefan Nedorosik are heading to Paris.

The Olympic alternates are Shane Wiskus and Khoi Young. They missed out on a spot on the official team, but are still considered Olympians by the US Olympic Committee.

Olympic medalist Brett McClure, the men’s team’s high-performance director, has oversaw a sweep of the U.S. men’s program since the Tokyo Olympics and said the team’s goal is to “control our own destiny” and “make a splash in Paris.”

He said that selecting an Olympic team is never easy.

“There are so many things that could be factors,” he said. “Immeasurables, intangibles, leadership and things you can't really measure.”

Richard, the all-around bronze medalist, topped the all-around standings after both nights of the trials. Richard, a 20-year-old Massachusetts native, is also a star on TikTok, where he documented his journey to the Paris Olympics. He secured an automatic Olympic berth after finishing first in the all-around and finishing in the top three in three of the six events.

U.S. national all-around champion Brody Malone led in the first half of the competition but eventually finished second. Two-tenths of a point behind Richard.

Despite struggling in the first rotation on his best event, the high bar, Malone performed brilliantly and made his second Olympic team. He missed last season with a serious knee injury that nearly ended his Paris hopes.

Following the team announcement, Malone said the US men's team is determined to win a medal at the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

“We have a chance to win a medal, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Malone said.

Their average scores from last year suggest they are on track to make the podium in Paris, especially since Russian athletes are banned from competing because of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The US men won bronze in the team event at last year's world championships, behind Japan and China.

Nedorowski knew he had punched his ticket to Paris with just one pommel horse routine.

He said, “I am very good at mental maths. So I was playing with numbers.”

He is the world champion on the apparatus and could be in contention for a medal in Paris. The pommel horse is extremely fickle and Nedorosik's prowess on it earned him a spot at the Olympics, even though he is a one-event specialist.

Stanford University standout Hong still will make her Olympic debut after strong performances on rings and vault. This will also be Judah's first Olympics.

Wiskus, from Minnesota, wowed his hometown crowd, exceeding expectations by placing third in the all-around and first on floor. Despite his performance, he will remain an alternate after representing the U.S. in Tokyo in 2021.

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