No gymnast was higher or lower than 19-year-old Michigan freshman Sam Mikulak this weekend.
Start with the highs.
Mikulak dazzled on Day 1 of Trials, posting a total score higher than presumed favorites Danell Leyva and John Orozco. After missing 2011 Worlds with an injury, his long-awaited spot on Team USA seemed assured.
While the press feted him, few realized Mikulak had twisted his ankle on the vault—his final exercise of the competition.
Bad turned to worse when news emerged Saturday morning that Mikulak might not participate in the second day of competition. Mikulak ended up gutting through a mediocre pommel horse routine, but could do no more.
When healthy, he's without question one of the team's five top gymnasts. On occasion, he can be its best.
But health is a big "if," and USA Gymnastics must now decide if Mikulak's fragile frame is worth the risk.