Roster: Ragan Smith, Sam Mikulak Slated for 2017 American Cup

Roster: Ragan Smith, Sam Mikulak Slated for 2017 American Cup
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Update: 2/19/2017
Sam Mikulak suffered an Achilles injury at the 2017 Winter Cup and Akash Modi and Yul Modauder will represent the USA at the 2017 American Cup.

Release via USA Gymnastics


INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 11, 2017 -- Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak of Corona del Mar, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, and 2016 Olympic replacement athlete Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams, along with 2016 Olympic parallel bars champion Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine, highlight the field for the 2017 American Cup, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on March 4 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The field features 10 gymnasts who participated in last summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including gold medalists Ryohei Kato of Japan, who is the defending men's American Cup champion, and Vernaiev. The American Cup is the USA's most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup series.

Representing 10 countries, the gymnasts who have accepted invitations are listed below by country. The USA will have an additional men's and women's athlete competing as wildcard entries, which will be announced at a later date. All U.S. athletes are expected to show competitive readiness prior to the event.

Men


China: Sun Wei
Great Britain: Sam Oldham
Germany:  Lukas Dauser
Japan:  Ryohei Kato
Netherlands:  Bart Deurloo
Switerzerland:  Eddy Yusof
Ukraine:  Oleg Vernaiev
USA: Yul Moldauer
USA: Akash Modi


Women


Australia: Emily Whitehead
China:  Xie Yufen
France:  Melanie De Jesus dos Santos
Great Britain: Amy Tinkler
Germany:  Kim Bui
Japan:  Asuka Teramoto
Netherlands:  Tisha Volleman
USA:  Ragan Smith
USA:  Riley McCusker


The American Cup is the USA's most prestigious international invitational, and this is the second straight year the one-day all-around competition will be at Prudential Center. This marks only the second time since 2002 that the American Cup will be held at the same arena in consecutive years. Prudential Center has also hosted both the 2016 and 2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.

The impressive list of former American Cup champions includes: Simone Biles, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Gabby Douglas, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Nastia Liukin, Sam Mikulak, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette. Past sites for the American Cup include: New York, N.Y. (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); Ft. Worth, Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia, Pa. (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013); Greensboro, N.C. (2014); Arlington, Texas (2015); and Newark, N.J. (2016-17).
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