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Former Illini Tyson Bull sits atop the Olympic rings in Tokyo before heading home to Australia. Bull finished his Olympic debut in fifth-place in the horizontal bar.

Bull finishes Olympic debut with fifth-place finish in horizontal bar final

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer August 8, 2021

Illinois gymnastics alum Tyson Bull wrapped up his first Olympic games last Tuesday when he competed in the horizontal bar final. The first Illini gymnast to compete in the Olympics since Justin Spring...

The USA Womens Volleyball Team celebrates a victory against the Brazil team. The USA Womens Volleyball Team won gold on Aug. 8.

Olympics final update: Poulter, Bartsch-Hackley, Virtue win gold with Team USA volleyball

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor August 8, 2021

The Olympics wrapped up this week in Tokyo, and closing ceremonies took place Sunday. Most of the Illini competed last week, but a couple familiar faces to Illinois fans competed this week. Tyson Bull...

Former Illini Michelle Bartsch-Hackley dives to save the ball July 27 during the Tokyo Olympics. All eight former Illini at the Olympics have been working hard.

Illini at the Olympics: Poulter, Bartsch-Hackley advance to quarterfinals with Team USA volleyball

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor August 2, 2021

Last Friday, the Tokyo Olympics kicked off. Eight former Illini are competing. Here’s how the Illini did this week. Tyson Bull (Gymnastics, Australia) Bull is competing for Australia in artistic...

Tyson Bull prepares to perform on horizontal bar at the Tokyo Olympics. Bull advanced to the finals of the event.

Bull secures Australia gymnastics milestone, advances to horizontal bar final at Tokyo Olympics

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer July 24, 2021

Former Illini gymnast Tyson Bull made his Olympic debut on Saturday when he competed in the qualifying phase of the men’s artistic gymnastics competition. As the only male artistic gymnast to represent...

These five rings represent the five main regions that have been brought together by the Olympic Movement. The Olympics start July 23 and will run through to August 8.

Eight Illinois alumni to attend Tokyo Olympic Games

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor July 21, 2021

After being postponed for one year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are set to begin Wednesday, with opening ceremonies slated for Friday. Despite the uncertainty around the...

Members of the Illinois mens gymnastics team cheer for coach and former teammate Alex Diab at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Diab will be an alternate for Team USA and will travel with the team to Tokyo.

Illini gymnasts bring energy to Olympic Trials as Diab’s cheering section

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer July 12, 2021

When Alex Diab competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials two weeks ago, he did so with the largest and loudest cheering section in The Dome at America’s Center. Diab’s cheering section was pretty hard...

Illinois gymnastics alum warms up on still rings ahead of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Diab was named an alternate after missing out on a starting spot as a still rings specialist, though he will still travel to Tokyo.

Diab named an alternate for Team USA

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 26, 2021

Illinois gymnastics alum Alex Diab was one of 20 male gymnasts to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials over the weekend, hoping to secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team heading to Tokyo next month....

Illinois alum Alex Diab performs on the still rings at the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships on June 3. Diab will compete for a spot on the Olympic team on Thursday.

Diab competes for ticket to Tokyo Olympics

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 23, 2021

With the summer Olympics only a month away from starting, the United States Olympic Committee will determine its Olympic men’s and women’s gymnastics teams this week with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials...

Alex Diab performs on the still rings during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Diab won the event, earning him a spot on the U.S. national team and a place in the Olympic Team Trials at the end of June.

Diab repeats as still rings champion, qualifies for Olympic Team Trials

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 12, 2021

Last weekend, three Illini gymnasts faced the best gymnasts in the country when they competed in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Rising senior Michael Fletcher competed as an all-arounder,...

Junior Michael Fletcher dismounts from the still rings at the NCAA Championships on April 17.  Fletcher, along with Illinois alumni Michael Paradise and Alex Diab, will be competing in Fort Worth, Texas, at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Three Illini to compete at U.S. Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 3, 2021

Three current and former Illini gymnasts — rising senior Michael Fletcher and alumni Alex Diab and Michael Paradise — will compete as individuals this weekend in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships...

Junior Clay Mason Stephens poses for judges at a meet. The Illinois gymnast will compete on Friday for a spot in the next Olympics.

Stephens to compete for spot in Olympics on Friday

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer May 20, 2021

Illinois junior Clay Mason Stephens has dreamed of competing in the Olympics since he was five years old. On Friday, he will compete for the opportunity to make that dream come true. For the last three...

The men’s gymnastics team cheers during the meet against Ohio State Jan. 23 at Huff Hall in Champaign. The Illini had injury issues all year, though they still had several individual accolades throughout the season.

Men’s gymnastics season rewind: Illini claim individual titles during difficult season

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team wrapped up its 2021 season a few weeks ago at the NCAA championships, claiming sixth place in the team competition. Though the team didn’t finish where it hoped to,...

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