Former champ Hambuechen headed to American Cup



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former champion Fabian Hambuechen of Germany and Olympic bronze medalist Larisa Iordache of Romania headline the international field for the American Cup in Greensboro, N.C., this spring.

Hambuechen and Iordache will join world Americans Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, John Orozco and Sam Mikulak as part of the invitation-only event on March 1, one of the first elite gymnastics meets of 2014.

Biles is the current world all-around champion. Ross and was a member of the Olympic gold-medal winning USA gymnastics team in London while Mikulak is the reigning NCAA and U.S. all-around champion.

Hambuechen won the American Cup in 2009 and is a two-time Olympic medalist in the high bar. This is his sixth appearance in the event.

Iordache was third as the 2012 American Cup and won a team bronze in London.