COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ohio State gymnast Alec Yoder secured an automatic spot on the U.S. Men’s World Team with a solid pommel horse routine at selection camp. Yoder will travel back to Japan for the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships from October 18-24.
Yoder, a 2019 graduate, had the highest score (15.200) on the pommel horse at selection camp, beating out other competitors by at least 0.400. He was the lone qualifier to score above 15.000 on the first day of selection camp on any event.
“It should be noted that Alec has been an athlete who has had a sports career of the highest level,” said Casimiro Suarez. “This has been possible with his discipline, dedication and love of sports. I am very proud of all the work he has put in and the results he has achieved for himself and for our Ohio State program. It is an honor and a blessing for our team to have him in our gym preparing for high-level international competitions such as the World Cup, the Olympic Games in Toyko (where he qualified for the pommel horse finals and finished sixth) and now the U.S. Men’s World Team. I am very proud of him, just like our coaching staff and all the student-athletes within the program are. To have a person like Alec Yoder in our gym day-after-day is a motivation for everyone.”
Previously this summer, Yoder competed on the pommel horse at the 2020 Toyko Olympics as the specialist on Team USA. He advanced to the pommel horse finals with a score of 15.200 in the qualifying round to lead Team USA. Yoder’s preliminary score was fourth overall and trailed the event leaders by just 0.066. In the finals, Yoder finished sixth with a score of 14.566.
Yoder was a 10-time All-American during his Ohio State career, including four as a pommel horse All-American and three as an all-around All-American. He won the national championship on the pommel horse as a senior in April 2019 after helping the Buckeyes to back-to-back Big Ten team titles in 2016 and 2017.