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Simone Biles leads list of Tokyo Olympics competitors with ties to Columbus, Ohio State

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More than two dozen athletes with ties to central Ohio are participating in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The Tokyo Games are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8 with 339 events in 33 different sports taking place in the two-week span. The Paralympics start Aug. 24 and end Sept. 5.

Simone Biles standing in front of a crowd: Simone Biles won the individual all-around gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics. © Grace Hollars, Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports Simone Biles won the individual all-around gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Here are the athletes with connections to the Columbus area who are competing. Medalists (♦) are marked:

♦ Simon Biles: US, gymnastics

Although the main reason central Ohio is sending so many Olympians to Tokyo is because of the existence of a certain Columbus-based university, the most notable competitor representing the area did not attend Ohio State. Simon Biles was born here in Columbus on March 14, 1997. She went on to become the most decorated American gymnast in history, and obviously, she's not done. 

She won the team and individual all-around gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She has multiple world championships. She performs moves so unique, the sport's governing body refuses to score them what they are worth, because that might cause other gymnasts to risk attempting them. 

Biles obviously wasn't a given to reach this level of greatness, and she's had to overcome some tremendous odds to do so. Her mother struggled with substance abuse, and as a result Biles moved to Texas as an infant, where and she and her sister Adria were raised by her grandparents.

Update: Saying it was in the best interest of her mental health Biles withdrew from the team and all-around competitions. She did compete in balance beam and won bronze.

Matthew Abeysinghe: Sri Lanka, swimming, 100-meter freestyle

Considered one of the most accomplished Sri Lankan swimmers in history, Abeysinghe is also an Ohio State Buckeye who graduated in 2021 with a degree in sport industry.

According to Sri Lanka's Olympics website, Abeysinghe holds the Sri Lankan record in the 50-meter freestyle (22.28), 100-meter freestyle (49.11), 200-meter freestyle (1:50:97), 400-meter freestyle (4:03:90) ,1500-meter freestyle (16:23:61), 50-meter backstroke (26.94), 200-meter Individual medley (2:07.33), 400-meter Individual medley (4:40.47) and 100-meter butterfly (54.71).

He also represented the country at the 2016 Rio Summer Games.

Update: Although he was leading at the halfway point of the race, Abeysinghe failed to make it out of his qualifying heat. 

a man standing in front of a ball: Ohio State shot putter Adelaide Aquilla of Rocky River, Ohio, will complete in the Tokyo Olympics representing Team USA. Aquilla was named the Buckeye women's athlete of the year in June. © Barbara J. Perenic, Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Ohio State shot putter Adelaide Aquilla of Rocky River, Ohio, will complete in the Tokyo Olympics representing Team USA. Aquilla was named the Buckeye women's athlete of the year in June.

Adelaide Aquilla: US, track & field, shot put

It's been a big summer for Aquilla. Before qualifying for the Olympics, she was named Ohio State’s women's athlete of the year in June. The junior from Rocky River has set school and Big Ten records in the shot put while winning NCAA titles in both the indoor and outdoor championships.

Update: Aquilla finished 20th and so did not advance out of qualifying.

Emily Armstrong: Canada, artistic swimming, team event

Internationally, Armstrong competes for Canada, and she won a gold with the team in the 2019 Pan American Games. However, she always wears a swim cap from her home club underneath her Canada cap when warming up for competition. She also collects sweaters from all the cities where she travels when she competes. Armstrong will be joining Ohio State as an incoming freshman following the Olympics.

Update: The Canadian team, of which Armstrong was a part, finished in sixth place. 

a man riding a wave on top of a body of water: Hunter Armstrong is the first Ohio State men's swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic swimming team in 65 years. © Courtney Hergesheimer/Columbus Dispatch Hunter Armstrong is the first Ohio State men's swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic swimming team in 65 years.

♦ Hunter Armstrong: US, swimming, 100-meter backstroke

After transferring from West Virginia to Ohio State in 2020, Armstrong became the first Buckeye men's swimmer in 65 years to compete in the games. “I’m so proud to finally represent the United States,” he said. “This is my first international meet and I don’t think there’s a better way to start.”

Update: Individually, Armstrong qualified for the semifinals in the 100-meter backstroke, but came in ninth in that race, missing out on a spot in the finals by .01 seconds. As a swimmer who helped the United States’ 4x100 men’s medley relay qualify for the final, which the Americans won in world-record time, Armstrong will receive a gold medal. 

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Maggie Barrie: Sierra Leone, track & field, 400-meter dash

Barrie set the Ohio State record for the 400-meter dash during her senior year in 2018. She is not only a role model for young athletes in Sierra Leone, but she has helped them through her non-profit work — collecting and distributing hundreds of shoes to some of the nation's needy children. 

“Sierra Leone is a third-world country. It doesn't have a lot of resources. It went through a lot of turmoil and war. There's a lot of people who don't have opportunities that I do. As a young athlete, I promised myself I would always give back to my country. I wouldn't just be on TV — just represent them — I want to make a difference for young athletes,” Barrie told WBNS.

a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Olympic track and field sprinter Anavia Battle, who holds the Buckeye women's record for the 200-meter dash, puts on her running shoes at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium July 9, 2021. © Fred Squillante/Columbus Dispatch U.S. Olympic track and field sprinter Anavia Battle, who holds the Buckeye women's record for the 200-meter dash, puts on her running shoes at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium July 9, 2021.

Anavia Battle: US, track & field, 200-meter dash 

Battle, an Inkster, Michigan, native, is the Ohio State recorder holder in the 200-meter dash, the same event in which she is competing in Tokyo. Her qualifying time of 21.95 seconds was a personal best. "Being on the biggest stage means I have to put everything on the line," she said. "So I just went out and did that." 

Update: Battle advanced to the semifinals where she finished sixth in her heat and 16th overall with a time of 23.02 seconds.

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Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger: Canada, fencing, individual epee

Blais Belanger was a three-time captain at Ohio State who won the final match of his collegiate career by scoring a point with three seconds remaining in overtime of the 2018 NCAA championship bout. Blais Belanger is also a seven-time Canadian national champion. He has said he wants to become an aerospace engineer after the Olympics.

Update: Blais-Belanger lost in his opening-round bout to Chao Dong of China, 15-7, and finished the event in 34th place.

Diego Cervantes: Mexico, fencing, individual foil

A member of the Mexican national team since 2015, Cervantes said he first became involved in the sport at age 7 because of the influence of his two brothers and because he loved the light sabers in Star Wars. He went 23-8 this past season as a sophomore at Ohio State.

Update: Cervantes, the No. 36 seed, recorded the final two touches to upset No. 29 Mengkai Huang of China, 15-14 to advance out of the round of 64. There he fell to No. 4 Enzo Lefort of France, 15-11.

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a group of people rowing a boat in the water: Aina Cid Centelles, seen here blowing a kiss, and her teammate Anna Boada Peiro competed in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. © Jack Gruber, Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports Aina Cid Centelles, seen here blowing a kiss, and her teammate Anna Boada Peiro competed in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Aina Cid Centelles: Spain, rowing, coxless pair

Cid Centelles competed in Rio in 2016, where she and rower Anna Boada Peiro made it to the finals and finished sixth. As an Ohio State Buckeye, she lettered for the 2015 national championship squad and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2015 and 2017. 

Update: Cid Centelles duplicated what she did in Rio, earning a sixth place finish in the Tokyo Olympics.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Ohio State Hall of Famer Christina Clemons finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in dramatic fashion to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. © Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports, Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Ohio State Hall of Famer Christina Clemons finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in dramatic fashion to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Christina Clemons: US, track & field, 100-meter hurdles

Clemons, who competed as a Christina Manning when she raced at Ohio State, finished in the top three in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, holding off the fourth-place finisher by five-thousands of a second.

That slim edge gives her an opportunity to add to a resume that already includes OSU school records in the 60-meter dash (7.23), 60-meter hurdles (7.91) and the 100-meter hurdles (12.68); four-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year awards; and honors as 2012 Big Ten Conference Female Athlete of the Year. Clemons was inducted into the Buckeye Hall of Fame in 2017.

Update: After running her qualifying heat in 12.91 seconds, Clemons finished the semifinals in 12.76 seconds, good enough to tie her for 14th overall. 

a woman standing next to a fence: Mindy Cook graduated from Ohio State in 2011 with a degree in economics. © The United States Association of Blind Athletes Mindy Cook graduated from Ohio State in 2011 with a degree in economics.

Mindy Cook: US, goalball

Cook is the only one of the six-member goalball team who will be making her Paralympic debut in Tokyo.

In fact, she took up the sport about the same time as many of her teammates were participating in Rio. In 2016, a co-worker invited Cook to a practice at the Ohio State School for the Blind, and that began the Columbus resident's quick rise to the top level of competition.

She graduated from Ohio State in 2011 with a bachelor's of science in economics.

Annette Echikunwoke: Nigeria, track & field, hammer throw 

Echikunwoke is a Pickerington North graduate who won an NCAA title while at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a volunteer coach. She will represent Nigeria at the Tokyo games and holds the African record in the hammer throw.

Update: Echikunwoke was one of ten Nigerian athletes disqualified when the African Federation of Nigeria failed to meet drug testing requirements defined by the Athletics Integrity Unit. She sadly found out on her 25th birthday

Ruslan Gaziev: Canada, swimming, 4x100-meter freestyle relay

Gaziev swam his freshman and sophomore seasons at Ohio State before taking this past year off to focus on the Olympics. That paid off when the Toronto native earned a spot with the 4x100 freestyle relay team. 

Update: Gaziev swam third for the Canadian relay team in its opening heat, helping them to qualify for the 4x100 finals. There, the Canadians took fourth, missing the podium by 0.6 seconds.

Alanna Goldie: Canada, fencing, team foil

Goldie was a four-time All-American while at Ohio State and earned NCAA bronze from 2014-16, silver in 2017, and then graduated with a degree in criminology. Thanks to the Canadian Olympics website, we also know that she sleeps with her stuffed moose, Albert, and considers him a good luck charm. 

Update: Goldie won two of her three bouts against Japanese fencers to help Team Canada finish in fifth place in foil. 

a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: Anthony Gose's unconventional transition from field player to pitcher helped pave the way to the Clippers reliever heading to the Olympics. © Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports Anthony Gose's unconventional transition from field player to pitcher helped pave the way to the Clippers reliever heading to the Olympics.

♦ Anthony Gose: US, baseball

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Gose in the second round (No. 51 overall) of the 2008 amateur draft — as an outfielder. He bounced around as a position player, spending time in the Phillies, Blue Jays, Tigers and Rangers organizations. It was in 2017 while in Detroit's farm system that he first tried pitching. Because he could occasionally throw a 100-mph fastball, he has continued to work as a reliever ever since. On Nov. 17, 2020, he signed a minor league deal with Cleveland, so he has been playing this season with the Clippers. He is 4-1 with a 5.68 ERA in 16 games (19 innings) this season.

a close up of a sign: Olympic team sprinter and recent Ohio State grad Eric Harrison does a warmup drill at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on July 8, 2021. © Fred Squillante/Columbus Dispatc, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Olympic team sprinter and recent Ohio State grad Eric Harrison does a warmup drill at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on July 8, 2021.

Eric Harrison: Trinidad and Tobago, track & field, 4x100-meter relay

Harrison is an Ohio State All-American and 2021 graduate with a degree in communications. His mother is from Trinidad, so Harrison holds dual citizenship. That means he will be able to compete as one of 30 athletes (21 in athletics) representing Trinidad and Tobago at the summer games. The nation has won only three gold medals, and one of those came in the 4x100-meter relay in 2008 in Beijing. 

Update: Trinidad and Tobago's relay team, for which Harrison ran the second leg, finished sixth in their qualifying heat and 13th overall with a season-best time of 38.63 seconds. But that was a little bit shy of the time needed to advance. 

Rob Oller: Ohio State sprinters feel blessed to be Tokyo-bound

Eleanor Harvey: Canada, fencing, team foil

Harvey won an NCAA Championship as a junior at Ohio State in 2016, the same year she finished seventh at the Rio Olympics — a run that included an upset of the then No. 1 ranked woman in the sport. She told Olympic Channel television that she always wanted to be an Olympian and first tried running, then karate. Finally, "a friend recommended fencing, because we used to sword fight in the backyard." 

Update: As the No. 19 seed, Harvey received an opening-round bye. In her bout in the field of 32, she beat No. 14 Pauline Ranvier of France 15-9. Then, having advanced to the field of 16, Harvey lost to eventual gold medalist Lee Keifer of the United States, 15-13. Harvey finished in 16th place in Tokyo. In the team competition, she and her fellow Canadians took fifth place. 

Blake Haxton: US, sprint canoe and rowing, single sculls

Haxton is an Upper Arlington and Ohio State grad who now works as an investment research associate in Columbus when he's not training for the two events he will be competing in at the Paralympics.

While he has experience as a rower — he finished fourth in the men’s arms and shoulders single sculls event at the Rio Games in 2016 — this will be his first time racing in a sprint canoe.

This achievement is made even more remarkable when you consider Haxton developed necrotizing fasciitis his senior year of high school. Haxton told the Ohio State Alumni Magazine that he had 20 operations as a result, and during one of those surgeries, Haxton's heart stopped. They put him on a bypass machine, merely with the aim of giving his family members enough time to say goodbye. 

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Misha Koudinov: New Zealand, gymnastics

There is actually a gymnastics move named the Koudinov for the Buckeye who invented it. It's a double-forward somersault with a full turn on the high bar, and — for scoring purposes — the sport's governing body has deemed it one of the more difficult moves possible.

Koudinov developed the idea for it when he was growing up in New Zealand, but first experimented with it at age 20 while on OSU's campus. He did not, however, use it in competition until after his time with the Buckeyes.

At OSU he was a 2012 All-American and a 2013 team captain. He later participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 16th on the vault, so he is also one of four Buckeye men's gymnasts to participate in two different summer games. 

Update: Koudinov improved on his 45th-place performance in Rio by recording a 31st-place finish in Tokyo. But that was not good enough to make it out of the qualification stage. His best event was the parallel bars. He was 25th in that discipline. 

Aug 5, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Joe Kovacs (USA) celebrates winning the silver medal men's shot put during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports © Kirby Lee, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Aug 5, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Joe Kovacs (USA) celebrates winning the silver medal men's shot put during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

♦ Joe Kovacs: US, track & field, shot put

Also known as America's Human Cannon, Kovacs was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and raised in Nazareth — also in Pennsylvania. He was a track standout at Penn State before he moved to Columbus to be with his now wife, Ashley, who is Ohio State's throws coach. That was in 2017, one year after he won the silver medal at the Rio Summer Games. In preparation for this summer's Olympics, Kovacs squatted 870 pounds.

Update: Throwing a distance of 74 feet, 3¾ inches, Kovacs won silver. Just like in Rio, it was a one-two podium finish for the Americans. Ryan Crouser tossed 76 feet, 5½ inches to break his 2016 Olympic record of 73 feet, 10¾ inches, and became the first United States man to win back-to-back golds in shot put since Parry O'Brien did it at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.

Anneta Kyridou: Greece, rowing, single sculls

Anneta Kyridou is transferring from Tennessee to Ohio State for the upcoming season.

Although she believed she was risking her spot at the Olympics, Kyridou spoke up and accused the head coach of the Greek national team, Konstantinos Kontomanolis, of sexually harassing female athletes. Kontomanolis and another coach were dismissed after Kyridou made her complaint.

Meanwhile, Kyridou — as well as her younger sister, Maria — are headed to the summer games.

Update: Kyridou finished 10th overall after advancing out of the qualifying and quarterfinal rounds.

a person with the luggage: Maria Kyridou (on the left) and her sister Anneta are headed to the Tokyo Olympics. Both are incoming Ohio State Buckeyes. © Ohio State Athletics Maria Kyridou (on the left) and her sister Anneta are headed to the Tokyo Olympics. Both are incoming Ohio State Buckeyes.

Maria Kyridou: Greece, rowing, coxless pair

Maria Kryidou, an incoming Ohio State Buckeye, is considered one of the more gifted youngsters in her sport, even setting a record for her age group along with partner Christina Bourbou in the the 2000-meter final of the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in 2019. She would go on the next year to finish third at the European Rowing Championships, and now she is heading to Tokyo along with her older sister, Anneta. 

Update: Although Kyridou and her partner completed their semifinal race with an Olympic and world-best time of 6:48.70, when they raced in the final, they finished in fifth place. 

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Clippers catcher Ryan Lavarnway, left, obtained Israeli citizenship in 2019. © Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch Clippers catcher Ryan Lavarnway, left, obtained Israeli citizenship in 2019.

Ryan Lavarnway, Israel, baseball 

Lavarnway has played mostly for the Clippers the season but saw some time with Cleveland in MLB. In Columbus, he is hitting .250 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 32 games. For Cleveland this year, he is 3-for-11 (.273). In 10 MLB seasons with Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Miami and Cleveland, he is hitting .216 in 430 at-bats.

Update: Israel finished with just one win out of five games in Tokyo. 

a young boy wearing a black shirt: Henry Leverett and his brother Jackson are competing in the 25-meter pistol event at the Olympics. Henry is the younger sibling by 17 months. © Fred Squillante/Columbus Dispatc, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Henry Leverett and his brother Jackson are competing in the 25-meter pistol event at the Olympics. Henry is the younger sibling by 17 months.

Henry Leverett: US, pistol, 25-meter rapid fire 

The Leverett brothers are Ohio State sophomores from Bainbridge, Georgia, and Henry is the younger sibling by 17 months. He has represented Team USA in  12 international competitions. Henry Leverett is majoring in biology and ultimately hopes to attend medical school. 

Update: Henry Leverett finished in 22nd place

Jackson Leverett: US, pistol, 25-meter rapid fire 

The elder of the Leverett brothers, Jackson set four USA Shooting national records in junior men’s rapid fire and junior men’s sport pistol before going to Ohio State. He competed for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games and helped the U.S. earn gold at the 2018 Championship of the Americas for both men’s air pistol and men’s rapid fire.

Update: Jackson Leverett finished 25th overall.

Alessandra Montesano: Italy, rowing, quadruple sculls

Montesano competed as a freshman and sophomore for Ohio State before taking a year off to focus on training for the Olympics. Montesano was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019.

Update: Montesano and the Italian quad took fourth with a time of 6:13.33.

Ilse Paulis (left) and Maaike Head won gold in the women's double sculls in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium. © Jack Gruber, Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports Ilse Paulis (left) and Maaike Head won gold in the women's double sculls in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium.

♦ Ilse Paulis: Netherlands, rowing, double sculls

Paulis spent one season at Ohio State, in 2012, and she has already won an Olympic medal — gold, in fact, which she brought back from Rio representing the Dutch in lightweight double sculls. After that victory, Paulis and her partner, Maaike Head, were named the Dutch Team of the Year. 

Update: Paulis and her partner Marieke Keijser advanced to the final, where the Dutch pair earned bronze with a time of 6:48.03, just half a second off from the pace set by the gold medalists.

a man playing a game of football: Nichelle Prince (8) is a member of the Houston Dash now, but prior to that, she played for Ohio State. She was part of the Canadian soccer team that brought home the bronze medal from Rio. © Jeffrey Swinger, Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports Nichelle Prince (8) is a member of the Houston Dash now, but prior to that, she played for Ohio State. She was part of the Canadian soccer team that brought home the bronze medal from Rio.

♦ Nichelle Prince: Canada, soccer

Already the owner of a bronze medal from her role in Canada's 2016 podium run, the former Ohio State player and current member of the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League is back to participate in the Tokyo Games.

Update: Prince and the Canadians won gold by beating Sweden in penalty kicks. Prince started the gold medal game. 

Elodie Ravera-Scaramozzino: France, rowing, double sculls

Part of Ohio State's 2014 national championship rowing team, Elodie Ravera-Scaramozzino competed in the 2016 Rio Summer Games and is back to represent France again. She and her partner, Helene Lefebvre, prepared for the event by winning bronze in the 2020 European Rowing Championships.

Update: Ravera-Scaramozzino and her partner finished with a time of 6:58.52 in their final race, good enough for eighth place.

Ruby Remati, US, artistic swimming, duet

Remati is a freshman set to join the Ohio State synchronized swimming team. The same event at the Olympics is referred to as artistic swimming, and Remati could have represented any one of three nations. She was born in Australia, grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, and holds U.S., Italian and Australian citizenship.  

Update: Remati was an alternate for the United States duet pair that finished 13th and was less than one point away from advancing out of the qualifying round.

Kyle Snyder standing in front of a crowd: Kyle Snyder won the triple crown of wrestling (NCAA championship, Olympic gold, World Championship) all while at Ohio State. © Kyle Robertson, Photo by Kyle Robertson Kyle Snyder won the triple crown of wrestling (NCAA championship, Olympic gold, World Championship) all while at Ohio State.

♦ Kyle Snyder: US, wrestling

Kyle Snyder established himself as one of the greatest athletes in Ohio State history by winning three consecutive individual national championships from 2016-18 and finishing his college career with a 75-5 record. He dominated international competition as well, at 19 years of age, becoming the youngest Olympian to ever capture gold in wrestling. He was even younger when he won his first World Championship in 2015. His come-from-behind victory at Worlds in 2017 earned Team USA its first championship at the event in more than 20 years.

Update: Snyder earned a silver medal, falling 6-3 to rival Abdulrashid Sadulaev of ROC.

Alec Yoder practices on the pommel horse at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility in Columbus, Ohio, July 12, 2021. He won a national championship on the apparatus with Ohio State in 2019, and he will represent Team USA as a specialist in that event. © Barbara J. Perenic, Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Alec Yoder practices on the pommel horse at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility in Columbus, Ohio, July 12, 2021. He won a national championship on the apparatus with Ohio State in 2019, and he will represent Team USA as a specialist in that event.

Alec Yoder: US, gymnastics 

Yoder won the NCAA title in pommel horse for Ohio State in 2019, and he was an eight-time All-American between 2016 and 2019. He qualified for the Olympics as a pommel horse specialist, and because he is not part of team competition, he's eligible only for an individual medal, regardless of how the U.S. finishes. 

Update: Yoder led Team USA with a score of a score of 15.200 on the pommel horse in the qualifying round. His score of 14.566 in the final earned him sixth place.

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