A year ago, Sam Mikulak was dealt a major setback in his quest to reach the London Olympics as a gymnast.
He always had dreams of reaching the Olympics while growing up in Newport Beach and training at SCATS Gymnastics in Huntington Beach.
But that dream seemed out of reach, at least for 2012, when he broke both ankles on a floor dismount during the Puerto Rico Cup last August.
The floor apparatus is the first event of the competition, but Mikulak continued to compete. It wasn't until after the competition when he was told both ankles were broken.
Mikulak said the injury forced him to focus on the pommel horse and rings, two skills that had been his weaknesses. It wasn't until December when his ankles started to feel stronger. But he said he did suffer a few sprains on dismounts, which led him to heavily tape his ankles.