This is a reminder – coaches always check the equipment before the gymnast takes to it! At VISA’s last weekend, Sam Mikulak was taking to Parallel Bars on the second day of competition. At the beginning of his routine he knew that something was wrong, the bars had not all been tightened. He told Yahoo Sports:
“Time was coming down to it, and I started to feel the bar, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s loose, and I stood there and shook it so my coach would hear. He tightened it, and sure enough, the other one was loose”.
“Everything happened so fast, and I thought just please fix it. We didn’t get the deduction, and did a great routine nonetheless.”
Over the two days of competition 19 year old Sam placed second on P Bars behind Danell Leyva and third in the All Around competition. It was a good thing that the mistake was noticed so soon in to the routine, who knows what could have gone wrong.