Men’s Gymnastics | 11/7/2020 11:07:00 AM
Minnesota senior Shane Wiskus is set to represent Team USA tonight by taking part in the FIG Friendship and Solidarity Competition in Tokyo, Japan at Yoyogi National Stadium.
The event, which was organized by the FIG (International Gymnastics Federation), is meant to be a showing of international camaraderie, and will feature a total of 30 athletes from the countries of the United States, Japan, China, and Russia that will be divided into two mixed-gender teams, Team Solidarity (red) and Team Friendship (blue).
Wiskus is one of the six athletes being sent by Team USA to compete, as he will be alongside fellow American gymnasts Yul Moldauer and Sophia Butler on Team Friendship. Americans competing for Team Solidarity include eMjae Frazier, Shilese Jones, and Paul Juda.
The top three scores from each men’s and women’s event from each team will be counted toward one overall team score. There will be no individual or all-around competition taking place.
This event marks the first major international competition held in Japan since the COVID-19 global outbreak. Up to 2,000 spectators will be allowed inside of the venue.
“What an amazing opportunity for Shane to travel to Tokyo and compete in this meet with some of the top gymnasts in the world,” Gopher head coach Mike Burns said. “Best of luck to him, I know the Minnesota community will be rooting for Shane – a true professional as a human being.”
To watch Wiskus compete for Team USA at the FIG Friendship and Solidarity Competition, you can tune in to the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA tonight at 10 p.m. CST or follow the livestream on the FIG YouTube channel (link provided above). An encore presentation will be available Sunday November 8 at 4 p.m. CST on NBCSN.