Sam Mikulak has labored intently to see his dream as an Olympian come to fruition. His workhorse ethic has served him well this year as the NCAA all-around silver winner and high bar champion as well as the 2012 U.S. Bronze all-around and parallel bar silver medalist.
Mikulak will aim to represent America well on vault with scores on par with teammate Jake Dalton, floor ex (FX) and pommel horse. He consistently bested John Orozco on FX in their last two outings together and the team is desperate overall for more competitive pommel routines.
While Mikulak may not post the highest pommel scores, he is one thing: dependable throughout any given meet. Where the difference between first and fifth can be a missed connection or a step out of bounds, it is essential the men keep it clean. Mikulak can accomplish that.
Mikulak may play a part on parallel bars, but this will depend on actual results as a number of the men are close to one another - numbers wise. The same goes for high bar. There are too many in the mix to determine if his scores will count.
This Olympian’s weak spot may be that most of his starting values are not such to challenge more advanced international gymnasts. There is very little time to monkey with his routines and if he does try to increase his difficulty it could prove to be disastrous if anything goes wrong. Best to keep the status quo where Mikulak is concerned.
His second issue is to question whether or not his ankles are ready to take the pounding after breaking both legs just above the ankle last year. Mikulak only performed on Pommel day two of the Olympic Trials due to a sprained left ankle on day one. If the weakness persists this could be a serious matter in London, opening the door to one of the three alternates.