The Men of the Olympic Gymnastic Team: Whos Going to London?

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Women’s gymnastics steal the spotlight at not just the Olympics, but in everything that leads up to it, like at the Olympic trials. In the HP Pavilion at in San Jose, California, the crowd has been far more enthusiastic over the women’s meets than the men’s. But both are equally fascinating and intriguing.

Their programs are vastly different, with the men doing their thing with the pummel horse and the women flying between the uneven bars. While I was originally not particularly excited about seeing the men’s competition while attending the four-day event, I was sold once I got there. I was completely in awe of the physical specimens that were performing astounding feats before me. The men gymnasts were frickin’ amazing.

A notable thing about the difference between the men’s and women’s competition was the young fans. For the women’s competition it was the young girls who were screaming for the participants. For the men’s, it was the older girls, the teenagers, who were doing the hooting and hollering with great big crushes on these men of muscle and magnificent power.

At the end of the competition two men were named as locked into going to the big games, John Orozco and Danell Leyva, but the rest of the team wasn’t named until Sunday. The rest of the team includes:

Jake Dalton of Reno, Nevada – University of Oklahoma
Jonathan Horton of Houston – Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress)
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, California. – University of Michigan

The alternates for the team are:
Chris Brooks of Houston – Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress)
Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y. – Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma)
Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Arizona – Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center)

Congrats to the Team USA. And although I’ve never watched the men’s gymnastics in the past, I am now a fan and won’t be missing a second.

Photos: Sunny Chanel

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