For US gymnastic champ Mikulak, a drop of honey leads to good routine

Sam Mikulak

The six-time U.S. champion in gymnastics follows the same honeying technique before he mounts the parallel bars. He squirts a drop from his honey bottle onto a palm and rubs his palms together until his hands are nice and sticky. “It’s golden,” he said of his honeying technique. Mikulak has lots of company. Virtually all competitive male gymnasts honey up. Gymnasts used to rely on their chalked hands. Others have poured Coca-Cola onto the bars or used corn syrup. Honey build-up on equipment can be a problem, but it eventually dries up, turns crusty and chips off.

Mike Brey

The Notre Dame men’s basketball coach is not enjoying parents of recruits. Now more than ever they are “really, really involved,” he said. He has to become close to parents while recruiting but once the athlete is on team “I have to try to sever that” to avoid constant questions about playing time. Brey says most parents want to know “what’s my return on investment with little Billy, because I have had little Billy traveling all over the country for the last 10 years?” Brey says he has to remind them that they’re getting a degree from Notre Dame.

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