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Posted on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

Olympian Sam Mikulak to have ankle surgery before return to Michigan

By Staff


U.S. gymnast Sam Mikulak reacts after his performance on the vault Monday at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Associated Press

Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak will have surgery on his ankle before returning to Ann Arbor for his junior year at the University of Michigan.


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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Mikulak will return home to California after the London Games for the procedure.

He expects to be fully recovered when he returns to Michigan, where he won the 2011 NCAA all-around title as a freshman ans was runner-up as a sophomore.

Mikulak finished fifth in the Olympic vault final on Monday, sticking both landings despite a heavily taped left ankle that he sprained during the Olympic trials. He recovered in time for the Olympics, participating in five events during team qualifying and four in the team finals, where the U.S. finished a disappointing fifth.

This won't be Mikulak's first recovery. In July 2011, he broke both of his ankles during a floor exercise routine.