Former Cartersville Twisters gymnast, Brody Malone, wins U.S. Championships
Former Cartersville Twisters youth gymnast, Brody Malone, won the U.S. Championships national title Saturday, finishing atop the podium from Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Malone, a native of Summerville, Georgia, competed with the Cartersville club gymnastics team 2014-2018 and won a pair of Georgia State Championships. He is a 2018 graduate of Trion High School and is currently a junior on the Stanford University national championship team. The Cardinal also took the NCAA championship in 2019.
Malone finished the U.S. Championships Saturday with a combined score of 170.700 and held on to his first-day lead throughout the second day of competition. He finished 2.750 points ahead of Yul Modauer (167.950) for the individual title. Six-time national champion and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak (167.400) placed third.
Malone, a two-time NCAA champion on high bar, finished top four in four of the six events over the weekend — including winning vault. He took second on rings and high bar, and was fourth on pommel horse.
The next step in the Olympic qualifying process for Malone is the Olympic Trials scheduled for June 24-27 in St. Louis. Five Olympic athletes will be selected following that competition. Four will compete in the team event with a fifth competitor selected for a specific event spot.