Coping mechanisms at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials might as well be featured in a menu filled with abundant, even lavish, choices.
The section could fill a few pages. The men stepped up first — starting with Thursday’s first day of competition here — and their ways of handling the pressure were understandably diverse.
Reigning national champion Sam Mikulak had to make a midcourse coping correction when he started slowly with issues in his first two events, landing on his rear on his parallel bars dismount and making two errors on his high bar routine.
Even an experienced champion can let his mind race.