WATCH: Penn State gymnast overcomes pandemic challenges to win world title

August 3, 2022

Despite a cancelled senior season, Nittany Lion gymnast and electrical engineering alumnus Stephen Nedoroscik persevered to win America's first world title on pommel horse. Credit: WPSU

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. Stephen Nedoroscik, electrical engineering alumnus, is featured.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Gymnast Stephen Nedoroscik, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2020, was a phenomenon in his Penn State career, winning two consecutive NCAA pommel horse titles his first and second years.

The global pandemic cut short his senior season and his plans to qualify for the Olympics on his own through World Cup international competitions.

Nedoroscik continued to train at Penn State and qualified for Team USA as a specialist for the 2021 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, where he made history as the first American to win a world title on pommel horse.


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“Stephen’s been a gem. A terrific student for us, a great teammate, very coachable and obviously an outstanding talent.”

— Randy Jepson, Penn State Men’s Gymnastics Head Coach