Sam Mikulak & Chris Brooks Reflect on All-Around Competition After Rio & Preview What's Next

Sam Mikulak & Chris Brooks Reflect on All-Around Competition After Rio & Preview What's Next

Earlier this week, Team USA’s Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks placed 7th and 14th, respectively, in the Men’s Gymnastics All-Around Competition during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

In a new interview, the two gymnasts, 23 and 29, open up about the struggles they faced during the competition, rumors of retiring and more. Check it:

Chris on the all-around: “In the highest pressure situation possible … to go out there and hit sets and basically just show people that I deserve to be out on the floor. I’ve been an alternate for a long time and to get that opportunity is just pretty special to me. I’m glad I could come through it.”

Sam on having no regrets: “I wouldn’t change any way that I’ve prepared for this competition. I put my heart and soul into it every single day. I hit all of my routines. I have no regrets.”

Chris on what he would do over again: “Hitting high bar and sticking was a phenomenal feeling to say the least…Just a little disappointed I couldn’t have hit a little better pommel horse routine, but I stayed on, so that’s good.”

Sam on his routines: “This is the epitome of the sport, and when you can go and put on a solid performance that lives up to your expectations of what you should be capable of doing, you can be nothing but happy about it.”

While Chris has finished his Olympic competition, he won’t be retiring. We’ll see Sam again this weekend during the high bar and floor exercise individual finals.

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