The U.S. Visa National Championships have come and gone for the men. With down-to-the-wire surprises and a few less than exemplary moments, 2012 has verified one thing at least: The field of competitors for the Olympic team is worthy and ready to compete against the rest of the world.
After Day 1 of competition, the leaderboard stacked up with Danell Leyva in the No. 1 spot and Steve Legendre in eighth place. In between were John Orozco, Sam Mikulak, Chris Brooks, Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton and Glen Ishino. Four points separated first from eighth.
Day 2 brought a new arrangement, with Orozco narrowly grabbing gold, followed by Leyva and Mikulak. With the strength of the top two and the international experience of fourth-place winner Horton, the U.S. team will be a force to be reckoned with.
Barring injury, it is a lock for Orozco and Leyva, but remains anyone’s game for the three remaining positions. Horton should join the guys in London, as well as Mikulak, Dalton and Brooks. That adds up to six extremely strong potential members for a five-member team.
According to USA Gymnastics, only the top two all-around gymnasts with scores combined from the Visa Nationals and the Olympic Trials will be automatically named to the Olympic team.
National Coordinator Kevin Mazeika has a huge decision to make as to the rest of the team and from the performances at the Visa Nationals, not an easy one.
Orozco is the new U.S. Nationals champion, with Leyva right on his heels. Don't worry Olympic fans, you'll see them both in London. Guaranteed. As for the what else the Visa Nationals taught us? Take a look at five noteworthy items.