Men’s gymnastics never gets the same kind of attention as women’s gymnastics.But thanks to a young and hungry team, the U.S. men are poised to change that once the 2012 summer games get started in a few weeks.
Competing for the U.S. is 19-year-old Bronx, New York native John Orozco.
Despite growing up in a rough area and suffering through numerous family hardships, John has his sights set on achieving Olympic gold and using that platform to give his family a better life.
John started doing gymnastics when he was 8 years old, after his father, William, saw a flyer for free lessons at a Manhattan gym
Growing up in the Bronx was tough, John and his three older brothers were once attacked by 20-30 guys on the street while walking home from church
His mother, Damaris, always drove him to his practices 30 miles away from home in Upstate New York even though she suffered from lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
The Orozco family was hit with another setback later that year (2007) when John's father suffered a stroke
John wanted to leave the U.S. Junior trials in California immediately and go home to see his father, but his mother didn't let him.
She told him his father would want him to finish the competition.
Orozco went on to win his first of three straight junior all-around titles.
Source: Denver Post
John moved to the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2010 to focus on gymnastics full time
That wasn't the first time John starred in something, however. He was an extra in three episodes of Law & Order
John's ultimate goal is to make a good enough living through gymnastics to get his family out of the Bronx
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