Alec YoderAlec Yoder (born January 21, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. He is the 2014 Youth Olympics All-around bronze medalist, NCAA champion, member of the United States' Gymnastics Men's Senior National Team, and 2018 World Championship Team.
Early lifeAlec was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 21, 1997, to his parents, Michael and Rebecca Yoder. He began training in gymnastics at age four when his mother took him to a "mommy and me" class. He began training at Deveau's School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Indiana. In July 2009, he left Deveau's and began training with Coach Gene Watson, first at Indy School of Gymnastics, and then at InterActive Academy in Zionsville, Indiana.
Elite careerFor both the 2013–14 and 2014–15 competitive seasons, he qualified to be a member of the US Men's Junior National Team. He was part of the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships team in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada where he won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. He was also a part of the 2014 Junior Pan Am Championships in Aracaju, Brazil where he won four gold medals and a silver.
Yoder won the all-around title at the 2014 Men's Junior Olympic Men's Nationals. He also won the pommel horse and horizontal bar gold medals at that event. Following that event, Yoder was chosen by the United States Olympic Committee to represent the USA at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
On August 19, 2014 Yoder won the bronze medal in the boy's individual all-around at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
At the 2015 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Yoder finished 8th All Around in the Senior Division and was named to the Men's Senior National Team.
At the 2015 P&G Championships he led the pommel horse after Day 1 when he scored a rare 15.60 which placed him on the verge of becoming the youngest U.S. champion on pommel horse in 40 years. After suffering a scary fall on Day 2 – he finished 5th in the pommel horse.
At the 2016 Winter Cup Challenge, he finished 9th All Around in the Senior Division.
Yoder's full recovery from labrum and bicep surgery led him to being named back to the Senior National Team for 2017-18 after finishing 11th All-Around at the 2017 P&G Championships.
Yoder continued his elite career in February 2018 by again making the 2018 Senior National Team out of Winter Cup with a 6th place All Around finish and an individual event championship in pommel horse.
In March 2018, Yoder returned to international competition for Team USA for the first time in four years and finished with a bronze medal in pommel horse and a fifth-place finish in high bar at the Doha World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
In August 2018, Yoder won the national championship in pommel horse and finished fifth All-Around at the US Championships in Boston. He automatically qualified back onto the Senior National Team and was then named to the World Championship Team Squad.
After a Third place All Around finish at the World Team Selection Camp, Yoder was named to the 2018 World Team to compete in Doha, Qatar for Team USA.
CollegeOn November 12, 2014, Yoder signed a National Letter of Intent accepting a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to compete for the Ohio State University starting in 2015–16. Yoder began classes at Ohio State starting August 25, 2015.
As of April 2016, he has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week six times and the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week once. At the 2016 Big Ten Championships, Yoder helped lead the Buckeyes to their first championship since 2007. He also finished second in the all-around and first on the pommel horse. On April 2, 2016, Yoder was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. On April 16, Yoder became a Three-Time NCAA All American as a Freshman when he finished 5th All-Around at the NCAA Championships, while also finishing 2nd on Pommel Horse and 7th on Still Rings as he helped lead Ohio State to a third-place finish.
Yoder opted for surgery in May 2016 to repair a torn labrum and torn bicep sustained at the 2016 Big Ten Championships in event finals. His recovery was in time to compete in 2017 where he won four pommel horse event titles capped off by helping lead Ohio State to a back to back Big Ten Team Championships, a silver medal on parallel bars at Big Ten event finals, and then a second-place team finish at NCAAs where he finished in sixth in the All-Around and fourth in pommel horse less than a year after surgery.
At NCAAs in 2018, Yoder finished third in the All-Around while also finishing fourth in pommel horse and seventh in parallel bars. This made 8 All American honors for Yoder in the first three years at Ohio State.
In April of 2019, Yoder won his second Big Ten pommel horse championship and then followed that up with the NCAA pommel horse championship. He also was an All American on parallel bars - ending his collegiate career with 10 All American Awards, tied for fourth in Ohio State history. https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/alec-yoder-wins-pommel-horse-national-championship/
Personal lifePrior to entering Ohio State, Alec Yoder was home-schooled by his parents starting after second grade. He has two siblings, Austin and Ashlyn. Yoder is a Christian.
Yoder turned professional in May of 2019 and is represented by Shade Global. . In July of 2019, he was featured in a Hugo Boss modeling campaign called the Suit Challenge, becoming one of the few Men's Artistic Gymnasts to cross over into fashion modeling.