Carlos Yulo Is More In Control Than Before
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Gymnast Carlos Yulo Is More In Control Than Before

Photographed by Joseph Pascual for the July 2024 Issue of Vogue Man Philippines.

In the months leading up to the 2024 Paris Olympics, gymnast Carlos Yulo has had his fair share of setbacks, but he’s only gained even more momentum. “My imaginations are broader and freer,” he says. “And all of my plans are working so far.”

In preparation for a clash against the world’s elite, it is paramount that an athlete is in the best possible shape and frame of mind. But six-time World medallist Carlos Edriel Yulo is heading to the Olympics nursing some injuries, and on top of a change in mentorship. 

Yulo and Japanese coach Munehiro Kugemiya went their separate ways after nearly seven years together. It was under Kugemiya’s tutelage that Yulo was able to compete in the last Olympiad.

This year alone, the 24-year-old started his operations in Korea this past January before competing in the U.K., and Qatar. With new coach Tomoharu Sano taking over, Yulo has noticed some considerable changes in his preparations this year compared to the Olympics infamously delayed by the pandemic.

Photographed by Joseph Pascual for the July 2024 Issue of Vogue Man Philippines.

“I’m really the one who navigates all of my movements, skills, and plans,” Yulo notes about the biggest difference he has noticed. “Now, my imaginations are broader and freer. And all of my plans are working so far.”

In spite of his setbacks, the artistic gymnast is resolute in his pursuits; Olympic gold doesn’t seem impossible when compared to his present streak. Just last May, he took home four gold medals at an Asian meet in Uzbekistan, a feat made even more impressive once you tie in the challenges he’s faced in and around his management. As for the approaching games, Yulo has told the press that he is 70 to 80 percent prepared to compete as he left the country bound for France just two days ago. 

While Yulo has cemented his status as an all-around champion at the continental level, he is poised to have higher chances and compete fiercely for medals in the floor exercise and vault, disciplines in which he has already claimed world titles. 

Photographed by Joseph Pascual for the July 2024 Issue of Vogue Man Philippines.
Photographed by Joseph Pascual for the July 2024 Issue of Vogue Man Philippines.

Additionally, he has a strong chance for a podium finish in the parallel bars. His routine typically begins with a parallel bar mount from a still stand, legs together, before seamlessly blending various moves and elements. He often concludes his performances with a double front salto dismount.

As he approaches the world stage later this month bearing the red, blue, yellow, and white of the Philippine flag, he does so with the mental fortitude he’s built in overcoming his struggles, backed by finding strength in resilience and more control than ever before. 

This month, Vogue Philippines pays tribute to stories of grit, determination, and the pursuit of excellence. Below, meet more of the athletes who continue to shatter the glass ceiling of sports.

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Vogue Man Philippines: July 2024 Issue

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By JASON INOCENCIO. Photographs by JOSEPH PASCUAL. Fashion Director: PAM QUIÑONES.Vogue Man Editor DANYL GENECIRAN. Athlete: Carlos Yulo. Art Director: Jann Pascua. Producer: Anz Hizon.
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