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  • Writer's pictureKensley Behel

Michigan's Xiao Yuan to Serve as Head Coach for the 2023 World University Games

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

The World University Games were scheduled to take place in Chengdu, China during the summer of 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, the event has been rescheduled twice and will now take place July 28 - August 8, 2023.

On June 1, 2023, the U.S. Senior Selection Committee voted to name University of Michigan's, Xiao Yuan, as the head coach for the U.S. delegation. The official documents state, "Since Xiao has multiple athletes on the team and the competition is in his home country, the Committee felt that he should fill the positions of Head Coach and Team Leader." The vote was passed unanimously. Penn State coach, Randy Jepson will serve as Assistant Coach.

Athletes for the U.S. delegation are: Landen Blixt (Michigan), Taylor Christopulos (Nebraska), Joshua Karnes (PSU), Fred Richard (Michigan), and Ian Skirkey (Illinois).

Qualifications for Artistic Gymnastics at the World University Games begin on August 1, 2023. Fans can watch at FISU.TV.

Article by: Kensley Behel


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