CHICAGO – Though the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team has the week off, junior Yul Moldauer and alumnus Allan Bower will be in action at the American Cup, held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT in the Sears Centre in Chicago.
Moldauer and Bower represent the United States as they compete against athletes from Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Spain and Japan. The American Cup is the first event of the International Gymnastics Federation World Cup series and will be broadcast live on NBC Live Extra when it begins 10:30 a.m. CT and carry over to NBC Sports starting at noon CT.
“The American Cup is the premier World Cup event in North America,” OU head coach Mark Williams said. “It’s always an honor to get there. We want Allan and Yul to be great representatives of USA Gymnastics.”
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Moldauer said. “It is always a big deal wearing those three letters on your chest. Hopefully, Allan and I can go out there and do our jobs.”
Held annually since 1976, OU legend and Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner won the inaugural American Cup and then won again in 1980 and 1981. Jarrod Hanks won in 1992, and former Sooner Jonathan Horton is a three-time American Cup all-around winner, having claimed the title in 2006, 2007 and 2011. Former Sooner Jake Dalton won in 2013. Moldauer is Oklahoma’s most recent champion, winning last season. He and Bower will be the only two American gymnasts competing at the event.
“We are hoping as defending champion, Yul can have another great day as an all-around gymnast,” Williams said.
Having won the event nine times, OU’s list of the champions is the most of any NCAA program.
Moldauer won individual NCAA titles on floor and still rings in 2017. A nine-time All-American, Moldauer is a three-time U.S. Senior National Team member and won the 2017 Winter Cup. Though he did not compete in the all-around competition at the 2018 Winter Cup, Moldauer qualified for the U.S. Senior National Team based on his performance at the 2017 World Championships.
Bower, who competed for OU from 2014-2017, is an 11-time All-American. The Chandler, Ariz., native was a finalist for the Nissen-Emery award in 2017, which is annually given to the top senior gymnast in the country. He made the national team for the second straight year after finishing fourth overall in all-around at the Winter Cup, registering a 165.600 two-day total.
Live scoring, a complete schedule and general event information can be found here.