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Sam Mikulak makes his first Tokyo Olympics appearance

The 28-year-old Mikulak, who is a six-time U.S. national all-around champion, is originally from California.

TOKYO, Japan — Olympic Gymnast Sam Mikulak will move on to the gymnastics final following the Men's Gymnastics qualifier on Saturday at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

In the men's all-around qualifier, Mikulak finished 14th with an overall score of 84.664. Mikulak earned a score of 15.433 in the Men's parallel bars qualifier, finishing in fifth place. The Olympian missed in the high bar final with a score of 12.866. Mikulak finished fourth in the high bar final at the 2016 Games.

"Now we go back, we rest, we continue this atmosphere, we keep joking, we keep having fun, we recover, we come out and we bang out some more sets," said Mikulak. "Everyone back in Charlotte, Mia I love you, I miss the dogs, everyone back home in California, I love you all. All my friends and family that have been supporting me and sending me texts, I really wish I could reciprocate it all, I will soon and I can't wait to see everyone as soon as this is all over."

Mikulak is engaged to our very own Mia Atkins, the host of 'Charlotte Today'.

Overall, the U.S. team finished fourth with a final score of 256.761. The Americans combined for the highest score on floor exercise at 44.065 and will advance pursue the nation's first team medal since 2008.  

The 28-year-old Mikulak, who is a six-time U.S. national all-around champion, is originally from California and has spent much of his young life training up in artistic gymnastics. He spent his undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, competing with them while making an Olympic appearance in 2012 at the London games. He would make his next appearance at Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 games. 

Click here to see the full results from Saturday's Gymnastics qualifier.

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Mikulak is engaged to WCNC Charlotte's very own Mia Atkins, who hosts Charlotte Today. And after he's done in Tokyo, he plans to move to Charlotte with Mia and their dogs: Marshall and Lilly!

Men's gymnastics schedule: 

  • Mens Prelims: 6am EST Saturday July 24 (Streaming on Peacock) 
  • Mens Team Final 6am EST Monday July 26
  • Mens All Around Final 6am EST Wednesday July 28
  • Mens Floor and Pommel Horse Final 4am EST Sunday August 1
  • Mens Rings and Vault Final 4am EST Monday August 2
  • Mens Parallel Bars and High Bar Final 4am EST Tuesday August 3

You can catch Sam competing in Tokyo, right here on WCNC Charlotte. Here's how and when you can watch all of the events.

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