Olympian Sam Mikulak chases his third straight U.S. all-around title, and the nation’s best gymnasts try to earn spots on the World Championships team, live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
Mikulak, 22, carries a 2.35-point lead into the second and final day of competition following a stellar performance Friday. He could become the first man to three-peat since Paul Hamm from 2002-04.
That’s not the only storyline at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, though.
Mikulak and the rest of the field are trying to impress a committee that will select a six-man team for the World Championships (plus two replacement athletes) within 24 hours of the end of competition.
Mikulak appears destined for his third straight Worlds team. Others in contention include 2014 Worlds team member Donnell Whittenburg (in second place in the all-around going into Sunday) and 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva.
The Olympians who finished second and third behind Mikulak at the 2014 P&G Championships are absent from this year’s meet due to injuries.
John Orozco re-tore an Achilles and is out until 2016. Jacob Dalton has a small shoulder labrum tear but said last week that he still hoped to be named to the Worlds team.
The World Championships are the last week of October in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.S. took team bronze medals at the last two Worlds, behind China and Japan.
The last U.S. man to win a Worlds all-around medal was Jonathan Horton, who took bronze in 2010. Horton, now 29, is also competing in Indianapolis, hoping to make his first global meet team since the 2012 Olympics.