COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State University gymnast Alec Yoder will be competing this week for a spot on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team that will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Yoder is in St. Louis, Mo., for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which take place June 24 and June 26 at the America’s Center Convention Complex and The Dome at America’s Center.
There are five Olympic team positions available this week: four team and one individual. Yoder, a 2019 Ohio State graduate with a degree in sport industries, will be competing to make the team on pommel horse and parallel bars.
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.
Misha Koudinov an Olympian
Yoder will be looking to join former Buckeye Misha Koudinov (2011-14) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Koudinov, who specializes on parallel bars, is making his second Olympic Games appearance, having competed on all six apparatus at the 2016 Rio Games for his home country of New Zealand. His highest finish was 16th on vault in Rio.
Koudinov, who is from Auckland, New Zealand, was a 2012 All-American for the Buckeyes and a 2013 team captain.