Alec Yoder competes at the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 17 2017.
While Alec Yoder’s Ohio State gymnastics teammates are preparing to close out their regular season in Columbus on Friday night, the junior standout is halfway around the world in Doha, Qatar.
The trip has already netted Yoder his first international medal in four years with a bronze on pommel horse at the world cup event.
Yoder scored a 14.700 in the apparatus final to finish in third place behind China’s Jingyuan Zou, with a 15.100, and Chih Kai Lee of Taipei, with a 14.800, on Friday.
Yoder, who has a team-leading 11 event titles with the Buckeyes this season, will also compete in the high bar final on Saturday.
He is joined in Doha by fellow American Marvin Kimble, who placed eighth in the still rings final on Friday. Kimble will compete on Saturday in the parallel bars and high bar finals.
Yoder last competed internationally in 2014. He won bronze in the all-around, was fourth on parallel bars and seventh on pommel horse at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. He also competed in the Pacific Rim Championships and the Junior Pan American Championships that same year.
it has been 4 years since I had the opportunity to wear USA on my chest and tomorrow I am lucky enough to have that opportunity again. I can’t to wait to represent my country and to compete with pride for something greater than myself. let’s get it! pic.twitter.com/Sxy3aIVKvs— Alec Yoder (@AlecYoder) March 20, 2018