June 26, 2021

Alec Yoder is a United States Olympian


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University graduate and gymnast Alec Yoder has made the United States Olympic Gymnastics Team and he will be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Yoder earned his spot on Team U.S.A. as the specialist by recording a 14.550 score Saturday afternoon on pommel horse after an outstanding and flawless performance Thursday night when he posted a 15.05 score that put him in the lead by 0.95 points.

Yoder was chosen by the selection committee as the one specialist on the team and he will join four others on the team in Tokyo: Brody Malone, who won the Olympic Trials all-around competition, Yul Moldauer, who was second in the all-around, and Shane Wiscus and Sam Mikulak, who were each named to the team by the selection committee.

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The U.S. Olympic Trials are taking place at the America’s Center Convention Complex and The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo.

This is Yoder’s first Olympics. He was injured during the 2016 Olympic Trials. He’ll join former Ohio State gymnast Misha Koudinov (2011-14) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A parallel bars specialist, Koudinov will be representing New Zealand for the second time at an Olympic Games. He was also in Rio in 2016.

Yoder was a 10-time All-American for Ohio State between 2016 and 2019, including a four-time pommel horse and three-time all-around All-American. Yoder capped his Buckeye career in April 2019 by winning a national championship on the pommel horse and earning All-American honors on the parallel bars.

Yoder, who is from Indianapolis, was the 2016 Big Ten Conference freshman of the year and a three-time first-team all-Big Ten performer. He helped Ohio State win consecutive Big Ten team championships in 2016 and 2017.