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Mikulak grabs 3rd straight US gymnastics national title

Sam Mikulak felt his hands slip off the high bar and knew trouble was coming. A split second later the best male gymnast in America found himself face down on the mat. What better time for a little internal pep talk? "I was like, 'Get in the game again. Don't mess up again,'" Mikulak said. Done and done, if not exactly as crisply or as cleanly as Mikulak would like. The 22-year-old easily won his third straight U.S. gymnastics title Sunday, overcoming his baffling miscue to secure a spot on the U.S's world championship team. Mikulak posted a two-round score of 183.650, a whopping 4.35 points ahead of Donnell Whittenburg. A resurgent Chris Brooks was third...

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