What's buzzing:

Fourth-Place Medal

Gymnast brothers compete for single spot on Olympic team

Fourth-Place Medal

Steven Gluckstein (AP)

When Olympic gymnastics trials take place next week in San Jose, Calif., all eyes will certainly be on the women. But one of the most compelling story lines will play out on Wednesday, when a U.S. trampoline champion will be crowned and one man will punch a ticket to London. Two of the favorites competing for that spot? Brothers Steven and Jeffrey Gluckstein.

"We're best friends," older brother Steven, 21, told NPR.

"It's just real tough," 19-year-old Jeffrey said. "It's such a big year. It's the Olympics."

The two live at home with their parents in New Jersey. They eat breakfast and dinner together. They diligently train together with the same coach six days a week.

In a sport that Steven describes as 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, competing against flesh and blood raises the already astronomical pressure that comes during an Olympic trial.

[ Related: Is "The Flying Squirrel" America's next gymnastics sweetheart? ]

Wednesday's competition will be the third of three events that determine the Olympic qualifier. The worst of the three scores is thrown out, and the highest combined tally earns the Team USA spot.

The Glucksteins are competing in a field of 10, so it's far from guaranteed that either will make the team. But with Steven leading the standings and Jeffrey being described as a natural on the trampoline, there's a good chance one of them will succeed.

If so, the other will likely take a bittersweet trip to London to cheer for his brother and his team. Hopefully they'll still eat together.

More Olympic coverage from Yahoo!:
USOC apologizes to knitting community after insult
Australian field hockey team wins appeal to sleep in
Video: Jonathan Horton's odd workout supplement

View Comments (28)
  • German sailor gets sick after Rio regatta

    A German sailor has fallen ill and is getting daily hospital treatment for several infections after competing in polluted water at a test event for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A post on the German sailing team's Olympic blog says Erik … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Athletics-Schippers pips Thompson to 200 metres gold

    (Adds quotes) By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Dutch sensation Dafne Schippers clocked the fourth fastest run of all time to pip Jamaica's Elaine Thompson by three-hundredths of a second and take 200 metres gold at the world … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • Olympics-German sailor treated for infections after Rio test event

    * German Olympic Committee says taking case seriously * Sailing federation will inform organisers (Adds German Olympic committee reaction) By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio De … More »

    Reuters - 12 minutes ago
  • Midfielder Veloso back for Portugal against France, Albania

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Miguel Veloso earned his first call-up in a year as Portugal coach Fernando Santos announced his 24-man squad for an exhibition game against France and a European Championship qualifying match in Albania. … More »

    AP - Sports - 22 minutes ago
  • Bayern midfielder Hojbjerg loaned to Schalke

    Bayern midfielder Hojbjerg loaned to Schalke

    Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has gone on loan to Schalke 04 for the rest of the season in order to get more match practice, the German champions said on Friday. The 20-year-old Danish international, who has been at the club since … More »

    Reuters - 24 minutes ago