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MIKULAK Samuel
United States of America
USA
Title
Mr
Lastname
MIKULAK
Firstname
Samuel
Gender
male
Country
United States of America
Place of birth
Corona del Mar, CA
Year of birth
1992 (29 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Sam, Hollywood, Sosa [after baseball player Sammy Sosa]. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 31 Dec 2015; intlgymnast.com, 09 Aug 2015)
Occupation
Business Owner
Education
Psychology - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Family
Partner Mia Atkins
Spoken languages
English
Club
US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center [Colorado Springs, CO, USA]
Coach
Andriy Stepanchenko [personal] (flogymnastics.com, 24 Sep 2018)
Sporting relatives
His parents Stephen and Tina competed in gymnastics for the University of California, Berkeley in the United States of America. (mgoblue.com, 19 Apr 2012)
Injuries
In 2021 he was dealing with a bone chip in his right elbow that can get lodged in the joint. He treats it with cortisone injections. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 03 Jun 2021)

In February 2017 he suffered an Achilles tendon injury, which ruled him out of the 2017 American Cup in Newark, NJ, United States of America. He returned to competition in August that year. (USA Gymnastics YouTube channel, 16 Aug 2017; intlgymnast.com, 19 Feb 2017)

In October 2015 he suffered an ankle injury in training that forced him to miss the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 10 Oct 2015)

He broke both his ankles at the same time in mid-2011. (fig-gymnastics.com, 06 Mar 2015)
Start sporting career
He first tried gymnastics at age two. (mgoblue.com, 19 Apr 2012)
Reason for taking up the sport
"My parents were gymnasts so from the time I could walk, they were teaching me skills." (usagym.org, 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to open his own gym in Charlotte, NC, United States of America. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 02 Aug 2020; wcnc.com, 14 Apr 2021)
Awards
He received the Prize for Elegance at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. (usagym.org, 11 Oct 2019)

He was named the 2011 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. (mgoblue.com, 19 Apr 2012)
Additional information
General
MENTAL STRUGGLES
He participated in a mental health panel presented by USA Gymnastics in May 2021 during which he shared his struggles with mental health. Prior to the panel, he revealed some of his issues, including a mental breakdown after 2016, on his Instagram account. "I had to pick myself up and reprioritise so many aspects of my life. My whole life goal has been to be as happy and positive as possible. I had a 'fake it till I make it' mentality. I began to resent myself for ignoring the bigger issues instead of facing them head on. I've mastered portraying happiness without actually feeling it. I have always hated conflict, especially within myself. It's taken years to find help and confront my problems. I only wish I could have sought out help earlier. I worked so hard and sacrificed so much because I thought success would lead to happiness. Instead of doing it for fun I was competing to fill a void. I now know that even if I got everything, it wouldn't be enough because I didn't know how to love myself. If you can be happy with nothing you'll appreciate everything." (Instagram profile, 19 May 2021; Instagram profile, 20 May 2021)

TOKYO FINISH
In August 2020 he announced that the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be his last tournament before becoming a coach or opening his own gym. "This has to be my final year of gymnastics because I don't want to ruin myself beyond this sport. For so long, I've been sacrificing, and I'm sick of it. I'm really looking forward to being able to be free from gymnastics and being able to do all these things that I've been putting off in my life for so long." (insidethegames.biz, 03 Aug 2020)

NAMED ELEMENT
In 2011 he performed a move on the parallel bars that had never been done before. However, he learned that the move had to be completed at an official International Gymnastics Federation [FIG] meet for it to be named after him. He then broke both ankles and was forced to miss the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, where Brazilian Sergio Sasaki performed the move and it was named after him. Mikulak was disappointed, so he made sure to not make the same mistake the next year, when he completed what is now known as a 'Mikulak' on pommel horse at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The move is a double scissor forward with a hop from one end of the horse to the other. (teamusa.org, 03 Oct 2012)

OCCUPATION
He is co-founder of Mikulak Clinics, a business that offers men's artistic gymnastics training. (mikulakclinics.com, 26 Apr 2020)

Last update : 2021-06-23

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
83.164 
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
84.664 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.466
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
13.900
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
25
Score Qualif.
13.866
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.000
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.433
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
54
Score Qualif.
12.866
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
254.594
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
256.761

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
89.631 
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
89.041 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
8
Score Final
14.333
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.800
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
60
Score Qualif.
13.100
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
14.533
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
15.375
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.400
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.133
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
268.560
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
270.405

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.366
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
14.333
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
16.050
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
16.083
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
15.316
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
43
Score Qualif.
14.033
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
269.952
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
275.342
World Championships

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
85.691 
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
81.598 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
189
Score Qualif.
11.533
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
85
Score Qualif.
12.600
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
44
Score Qualif.
13.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
14.333
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.066
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.866
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
254.578
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
250.359

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
85.273 
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
86.598 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
7
Score Final
14.233
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.333
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.333
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.133
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.200
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.233
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.033
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.533
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.566
Team
Rank Final
4
Score Final
251.994
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
250.362

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
208
Score Qualif.
13.466 
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
13.466

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
87.591 
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
87.665 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
42
Score Qualif.
14.900
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.933
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
14.966
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
78
Score Qualif.
14.133
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
63
Score Qualif.
13.633
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
270.369
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
360.393

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
88.548 
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
89.532 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.033
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
36
Score Qualif.
14.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
14.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.400
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.566
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.366
World Cup AA qualifying for OG

2020 - American Cup All-Around FIG World Cup 2020 MILWAUKEE (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
85.332 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World / Challenge Cup

2019 - FIG 2019 Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup Tokyo​ ​ TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
86.599 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2019 - American Cup All-Around FIG World Cup 2019 GREENSBORO (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
85.931 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2018 - FIG Individual All-Around World Cup 2018 TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
84.098 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2016 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2016 C II NEWARK (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
85.964 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2015 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2015 CII DALLAS (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
88.598 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

2014 - World Challenge Cup 2014 ANADIA (POR)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.550
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.950
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
11.950
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.375
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.550
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.125
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.100
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.450
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.900

2014 - AT&T American Cup World Cup 2014 CII GREENSBORO (USA)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
90.098 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.666
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.800
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.066
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Vault
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.966
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.700
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.900
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-