John Orozco removed from Olympics after injury
United States Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Team member and Bronx native John Orozco has been removed from the team, following an injury during training camp.
Orozco, who made his second straight Olympic team following the trials at the end of June, tore his ACL, removing him from any chance of competing in Rio. Orozco was training the United States Gymnastics team in Colorado Springs when he suffered the injury after dismounting off of the high bar. He suffered the same injury to the same knee in October of 2012. Orozco will be replaced by Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Lleyva.
Orozco was completing a comeback bid that started after he tore his Achilles tendon in 2015. Most expected him to nurse the injury well into the 2016 season, which would have severely hampered his chances of making the team. His mother had also died just months before the injury, adding even more opposition to his goal.
His comeback started in the 2016 season, where he was part of the American’s championship in the Pac Rims, where he was also the horizontal bar champion, as well as the still rings silver medalist. In the trials, Orozco impressed the selection committee with an amazing high bars routine, which punched his ticket to Rio. He also finished the competition with the second-best pommel horse score, finishing third in the all-around.
This latest injury is another troubling chapter in what was once an incredibly promising career. After becoming the national champion in 2012, Orozco clinched an automatic bid in the trials to go to London. He was expected to medal, but stumbled twice on the pommel horse, once considered his strongest event. He has put together a formidable pedigree throughout his career, and if this injury marks the end, he leaves plenty to be proud of.
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