‘PLUS-ONE’ DETERMINED TO LEAVE HIS MARK AT OLYMPICS
by Taiwo Adeshigbin
TeamUSA.org – When the four-man team representing the United States in gymnastics was announced, the name “Alec Yoder” (Ohio State, gymnastics) wasn’t among them. Yet he is in Tokyo because a “plus-one” – an athlete competing in just an individual event – also makes the squad.
Don’t think he’s playing second-fiddle to anyone.
“I think a piece of me knew this was going to happen,” he told USA Gymnastics about qualifying for the Olympics. “I put in all the work to make sure this was not just a dream, that this was an opportunity I could physically grasp.”
The dream continues. Yoder, 24, finished fourth in the pommel horse in men’s qualifications Saturday, advancing to Sunday’s finals.
“Yoder has the ability to look at all the details and figure out what is best for him and what he’s trying to do and that relates to his gymnastics,” said Sean Melton, a former Buckeyes teammate and longtime friend.
“He’s such a detail-oriented guy, never overlooks anything, whether it’s practice or competition.”
That attention mixed with outright determination and hard work is what has helped Yoder stand out.
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