Guimaraes wins Winter Cup and earns a spot on the US national team

Frisco, Texas In the first meeting of the Olympic cycle, Vitaliy Guimaraes won first place and earned a spot on the United States Senior National Team Friday night at the Winter Cup in Frisco, Texas.

In his first all-around competition of the year, Guimaraes senior earned first place and earned a spot on the US Senior National Team with an all-around score of 83.950. He finished first on floor (14.250), second on pommel horse (14.350), fourth on horizontal bar (13.400) and fifth on horizontal rings (13.600). His vault score of 14.450 and parallel bars score of 13.900 helped him climb to first place in the all-around, beating out 37 other gymnasts.

“I feel good, it hasn’t hit me yet,” Guimaraes said. “I told myself not to worry about the results and just do my thing. I surprised myself. I had a lot of fun.”

Guimaraes’ performance is a milestone as he is coming back from a broken nose injury he suffered after the Rocky Mountain Open. He took several weeks off from training and did not compete in the all-around this year.

He will not participate in the Winter Cup final on Sunday.

Former Sooner and 2020 Olympian Yul Moldauer finished fourth and retained his spot on the senior United States National Team with an overall score of 81.648. Moldauer was second on parallel bars with a score of 15.543 and third on pommel horse (13.789) and single rings (14.116).

Alum Colin VanWicklen (80.147) earned ninth place in the all-around after posting a 14.847 on vault. Second year Zach Nunez (79.700) finished tenth and freshman Fuzzy Benas (79.300) ranks eleventh. First-year student Raydel Gamboa (78.800) finished twelfth and junior Jack Freeman finished twentieth with an overall score of 76.600.

Van Wicklen, Nunez, Benas, Gamboa and Freeman are all set to compete for the remaining spots on the U.S. national team’s 12-man roster in Sunday’s Winter Cup final.

 

The Winter Cup Finals kick off at 5:30 p.m. CT Sunday night at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX. The encounter will be available to watch on FlipNow.tv.

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