“USA MAG Isn’t A** Anymore”: Once Snubbed, Paul Juda Makes America Proud at World Artistic Gymnastics Championship 2023 

Published 10/08/2023, 3:06 PM EDT

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The US men’s gymnastics team has had an excellent contest at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship this year. From owning a chance to stand on the podium to opening doors for the rising talents of the team, they have stood out. But as the team walked its progress, the individuals spread out to shine on their own. After Fred Richard for bronze and Khoi Young for 2 silvers, another team member made his presence felt in the Apparatus finals; though not to the position of clenching a medal.

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The Michigan based gymnast was stopped short of an opportunity to win a spot in the Olympics team in 2021. For a better chance of winning medals, Juda’s spot was transferred to Alec Yoder on the Pommel Horse. However, the 22-year-old came back stronger this year to claim the spot. As he worked his way to the High Bar, the audience couldn’t help but be proud of the youngster’s performance.

The US men’s rising gymnastics talent puts on a stellar performance

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On the 8th of October, the 2023 Worlds hosted the final day of the event; apparatus finals. The individual event was stretched for a second day on Sunday, hosting men’s vault, Parallel bars, and High Bar. And Paul Juda with his exceptional performance during qualifiers made it to two of the three apparatuses; Vault, and High Bar. The youngster performed a Yurchenko Double Pike on the 1st day exuding absolute finesse. His showcase of the skill landed him in fifth position with 14.666. Keeping up with his momentum, Paul performed the YDP yet again on the apparatus final earning a combined average of two rounds of 14.550 placing fifth. However, what impressed the fans more was Juda’s performance on the High Bars.

 

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The gymnast qualified for the finals on the apparatus with a score of 14.166 placing 6th. And performing the apparatus as the conclusion for his journey in the Worlds, Juda put up a flawless performance. Paul’s high bar included an execution score of 8.7; the highest amongst the 8 contenders. The feat pushed Juda to a fifth position with a total of 14.100; thus evoking an appreciative response from the awaiting fans.

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Though Paul Juda did not stand to win an individual medal at the Worlds, fans couldn’t be disappointed with the gymnast’s performance. Appreciative of the gymnast’s presence and contribution to the team, a fan had to say, “Damnnnnn Paul Juda USA MAG isn’t a** anymore omg I’m so excited.” and “GORGEOUS high bar from Paul Juda!! Not sure he has the difficulty to medal but that was stunning! Keep him on every US team!” by another.

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The other users proud of the talent commented, “It’s always a great day to be a Paul Juda fan” while the next one read, “Paul Juda has made such a strong case at these championships for himself for literally any team going forward, absolute clutch gymnast that USA MAG needs.”

Juda’s performance on the ground was an unforgettable one. The fans aware of the same and his rising platform tweeted, “Paul juda time”, followed by “PAUL JUDA F******* GOAT HE DID IT FOR THE JUDANATORS.”

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Medal or not, the praises were endless for the 22-year-old gymnast. After previously losing his spot in the Olympics and proving his stance in the current event, Paul Juda has inched closer to the ultimate goal with each passing day.

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Written by:

Shivatmika Manvi

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Shivatmika Manvi is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having recently attained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shivatmika aims to tread her way forward into journalism. Further, the writer’s eager enthusiasm toward the world of track and field stems from her family’s loyal viewership of the Olympics, and years later, her passion continues/stands.
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Anupama Ghosh

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