NORMAN – Following his national title performance in August at the P&G Championships, junior Yul Moldauer will compete for Team USA and represent the OU men’s gymnastics program at the World Championships in Montreal Oct. 2-8.
Moldauer will be the lone USA team member competing in the all-around and will begin with the qualifying round on Monday at 1 p.m. CT.
Former Sooner Alex Naddour, who claimed the U.S. pommel horse national title at the P&G Championships, will also compete with the six-man national team. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist will also begin his quest for a world title with Monday's qualifier.
The men’s all-around finals are scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 5 and will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel beginning at 6 p.m. CT, while the individual event finals are set for Oct. 7-8 and will air on the Olympic Channel (Oct. 7) and NBCSN (Oct. 8).
“Yul’s competing as the only USA all-arounder at the individual and all-around championship. For the first time he will be in front of the best in the world all in one competition. I’d like to have him have an experience where he feels he belongs there and competes well enough that he gets into the all-around finals,” head coach Mark Williams said. “Best case scenario, he gets in the first two group rotations starting with floor or pommel horse in the finals and competes to be in the top 10. I would consider that a huge success. I think he is capable of that if he has two good days of competition. Certainly, his training indicates to me that is where he belongs.”
Increasing his training since his P&G Championships win, Moldauer said he is focusing his attention on the specifics of each routine.
“I’ve been doing a bunch of routines everywhere. We’ve recorded them and looked at every little detail we can go and fix,” Moldauer said. “I’m just trying to perfect my routines, that’s my general goal.”
Moldauer also added he is humbled by the honor of representing his home country and university on the international stage.
“It’s a special opportunity. Wearing USA on your chest is a big thing to do. It’s going to be a good time. I’ve competed internationally before, but it’s nothing like this,” he said. “This is going to be the biggest competition I’ve been to as a gymnast. I’m taking it as a huge responsibility and hopefully I can represent this country well.”
Fans can view a live stream of the podium training session on Friday from 12:15-3:15 p.m. CT by visiting http:/www.usagymworlds.com/live/.