Former U.S. Olympic equestrian coach charged with attempted murder – OlympicTalk

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A history of disputes between a former Olympic equestrian coach and two people who rented from him at a farm where he trains riders apparently turned violent this week, leaving a woman with life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors in Morris County on Thursday charged Michael Barisone, 54, with two counts of attempted murder and weapons offenses.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman called 911 Wednesday afternoon and said Barisone had shot her twice.

Police arrived to find the woman bleeding on the ground with wounds to her chest, and another man lying on top of Barisone. Barisone had fired at the man as well but had missed, according to the complaint, and the man had subdued him until police arrived.

The woman’s injuries were described as serious and life-threatening.

Authorities have not released their names. According to the complaint, they lived at the farm, and there had been multiple recent calls to police from the residence because of what it described as “landlord-tenant related issues.”

Before he was removed from the scene, Barisone was overheard repeating the phrase, “I had a good life,” according to the complaint.

Barisone was an alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic dressage team and coached the 2012 U.S. Olympic eventing team.

It was not immediately possible to reach Barisone, whose voice mailbox was full.

The Morris County prosecutor’s office didn’t have a record of an attorney listed for Barisone on Friday, and an initial court appearance hadn’t yet been scheduled.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sam Mikulak‘s record sixth U.S. all-around title proved his most dominant.

Mikulak, the lone Olympian in the field, routed the competition by 5.55 points over two days at the Sprint Center. He broke a tie with three-time Olympian Blaine Wilson for the most modern-era U.S. men’s all-around titles (the last 50 years).

Full results are here.

Mikulak improved on his 2.75-point lead to post the largest men’s margin of victory since the perfect-10 system was replaced by the open-ended Code of Points in 2006. Mikulak already had the two largest margins of 4.75 and 4.35 points.

Mikulak is all but guaranteed to lead the five-man U.S. team for October’s world championships, which will be named after a September selection camp.

He will likely be joined by Yul Moldauer, the runner-up this week who won the 2017 U.S. all-around title when Mikulak didn’t compete on every apparatus due to injury.

Olympic alternate Akash Modi and Shane Wiskus, the NCAA all-around silver medalist who had the highlight save of the competition Saturday, were third and fourth.

The U.S. Championships conclude with the final day of women’s competition Sunday, when Simone Biles tries to match Mikulak’s six all-around crowns.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shane Wiskus saved himself from a scary fall by catching the high bar with one arm at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Saturday.

Wiskus, 20 and the NCAA all-around silver medalist for Minnesota, was attempting a Cassina, named after 2004 Olympic high bar champion Igor Cassina of Italy. But normally all high bar release moves are caught with two hands.

On the rare occasion gymnasts fail and catch with just one hand, they usually can’t hang onto the bar. (Though 2012 Olympic high bar champion Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands once defied this, too).

Wiskus, who was tied for third after the first night of competition Thursday, scored a 13.15 on his high bar routine with more than two tenths of deductions.

Wiskus is among the contenders to make October’s five-man world championships team, which will be named after a September selection camp.

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