When the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio begin in August, the five-member US men's gymnastics team will look to rebound from a comparatively poor performance at the 2012 London Games that saw a single athlete return home with a single medal. With the 2016 P&G Championships and the first night of Olympic trials in the books, Sam Mikulak is primed to claim one of the available berths, but who else could be named to the team when the announcement is made on June 25?

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Mikulak leads the pack

Mikulak, who competed at the London Olympics, posted the highest all-around mark (90.650) during the opening night of trials action in St. Louis on June 23. The 23-year old national champion's three-round mark of 272.150 --which includes both days of action at the P&G Championships in early June as well as the first day of the Olympic trials-- is more than three points higher than the one (269.025) held by second-ranked Chris Brooks

If Mikulak holds onto his all-around position and places in the top three in any three individual events --high bar, parallel bars, floor exercise, rings, pommel horse, or vault-- he will earn an automatic berth on the 2016 Olympic gymnastics team.

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Other top-ranked all-around performers

  • Jacob Dalton, 267.325
  • Akash Modi, 266.225
  • Donnell Whittenburg, 265.875
  • Yul Moldauer, 265.150
  • Paul Ruggeri III, 264.050
  • Marvin Kimble, 262.800
  • Donothan Bailey, 262.250
  • Danell Leyva, 262.025

However, when it comes to choosing the Olympic team members, the selection committee will consider more than all-around performances. It's likely that the five-man squad will feature at least one apparatus specialist, like 2012 women's team member McKayla Maroney, who was expected to easily claim gold on the vault in London.

Three men who didn't compete in all six individual events on June 23 earned first place finishes, with Alex Naddour winning on pommel horse (15.650), John Orozco on high bar (15.475), and CJ Maestas on rings (15.550). Additionally, Whitteburg ranks only fifth in the all-around, but notched top five placements in four events, including first place on parallel bars, on June 23.

So which five men will be named to the 2016 US men's Olympic gymnastics team and which three will be named team alternates?

Check out the final evening of Olympic Trials action tonight to find out.

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