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Peel-Off Points To Needed Change For New U.S. Champ Moldauer
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Yul Moldauer, 2017 U.S. national champion, is headed to the world championships this fall in Montreal, Canada.

Rebounding from a fall on high bar in the first rotation, newly crowned U.S. men's all-around champion Yul Moldauer told IG that his winning performance at the P&G (U.S). Championships on Saturday in Anaheim indicated his need to correct his technique in preparation for this fall's World Championships in Montreal.

Moldauer's two-day total score of 171.600 points earned him his first U.S. national all-around title, over silver medalist Allen Bower (170.600) and bronze medalist Donnell Whittenburg (169.700).

Moldauer's otherwise steady performance in Anaheim included an uncharacteristic peel-off on high bar, when he missed a Kovacs in his first routine on Saturday, the second of two days of competition.

"I've always been known to have a weird Kovacs tap," he told IG. "I'm known to be going too fast, but I definitely felt myself kick over my first timer giant too much, and by the time I was at the bottom I was pulling my shoulders over. That's something I need to work on. Now that I actually have some time to work on some key elements, I'm definitely going to go back and relearn a Kovacs tap. This meet I actually played it safe on a few events."

Read in-depth coverage of the P&G Championships in the September issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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