Midknight Robin talks with Oklahoma star gymnast, Colin Van Wicklen about the historic three-peat and life in Germany as a professional gymnast for the Bundeslga League. USA Gymnastics Men’s Arizona state chairman Clay Baimbridge and Robin discuss summer training philosophy and growing with siblings in the sport.
Colin Van Wicklen Bio
Competed in every meet for Oklahoma in 2016 … Won the national title of floor after posting a 15.300 on floor at the NCAA finals … Earned All-America honors on floor and vault … Finished third on vault at NCAA finals … Won nine event titles on the year, including four on floor and one each on vault, rings, vault, high bar and the all-around … Notched career highs in every event and in the all-around during the year … Logged a career-best 15.900 on floor in the first meet of the year … One week later notched his career high in the all-around at Michigan with an 87.450, which included a career-best 15.500 on vault … Set a career high on high bar in OU’s home meet against Minnesota with a 15.500.
Competed in nine meets, performing on all six events … earned two All-America honors for placing second on floor exercise (15.600) and seventh on vault (14.775) at the NCAA Event Finals … won six individual event titles, with four coming on floor and two on vault … set a career-high score of 15.900 on floor vs. No. 2 Illinois to help OU set the NCAA team scoring record … placed first on vault with a career-high 15.500 against No. 5 Michigan … also posted a career-high on the rings with a 14.6000 against Michigan.
Earned All-America honors on floor and vault, finishing sixth and fifth, respectively … took third on vault (15.200) at NCAA Final to qualify for individual finals … two-time MPSF Gymnast of the Week (Metroplex Challenge, Ohio State) … competed in every meet … won four event titles, including two on vault and one each on floor and high bar … scored career high 15.550 on floor at Metroplex Challenge … had career highs of 15.300 on vault and 15.200 on high bar at Ohio State … scored 14.600 on still rings at Rocky Mountain Open in his only appearance on the season on the event.
Two-time member of the U.S. Junior National Team … placed seventh on floor at the 2013 P&G Championships … was third on floor and fourth in the all-around at the 2013 Junior Olympic Championships … was first on vault, third on floor and ninth in the all-around at the 2012 Visa Championships … was first on floor and eighth in the all-around at the 2012 Junior Olympic Championships … placed first on floor and vault and four on high bar and in the all-around at the 2010 Junior Olympic Championships … took second on floor at the 2009 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships … took first on floor at the 2008 Junior Olympic Championships.
Parents are Eddie and Annie Van Wicklen … has three siblings … majoring in pre-physical therapy.