Cardinal Prepared for International Competition
STANFORD, Calif. – With Stanford's collegiate season set to continue April 2 with the MSPF Championships, six Cardinal gymnasts will hit the international stage this week.
Stanford senior and U.S. Olympian Brody Malone will be joined by freshman Khoi Young and incoming freshman Asher Hong as part of a 13-person U.S. men's contingent at the 2022 DTB Pokal Team Challenge March 18-20.
This weekend will mark the senior international debuts for both Young and Hong.
In all, five senior and five junior men will compete in the DTB Pokal Team Challenge in separate divisions, while Riley Loos, Curran Phillips and Colt Walker will compete alongside three U.S. women's National Team members in the accompanying DTB Pokal Mixed Cup competition.
In other international competition this week, freshman Ian Lasic-Ellis will join 2021 World team member Alex Diab and Paul Juda at the FIG Apparatus World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.
In the men's Team Challenge on Friday, March 18, up to four gymnasts per country per division will compete on each apparatus with the top-three scores contributing to the team total. The six highest-scoring gymnasts on each apparatus - adhering to the one-athlete-per-country limit - will also qualify to compete for individual event titles the following day. Sunday's Mixed Cup competition will consist of four teams with two gymnasts per country performing on four chosen men's apparatus and all four women's apparatus. All scores will count toward the team total, and the standings after the third round will determine who will compete in head-to-head gold- and bronze-medal matchups in a final, winner-take-all rotation.
Over the course of the same weekend, the third FIG Apparatus World Cup of 2022 is set to take place at the Cairo International Stadium. Up to two gymnasts per country on each apparatus will look to secure individual event titles. Qualifications for men's floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings will take place Thursday, March 17 with the top eight gymnasts advancing to Saturday's apparatus finals. Men's vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar qualifications are slated for Friday, March 18 with the corresponding event finals to follow Sunday. There is no team competition for this event.