US Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team 2012: Team USA Announces 5-Man Roster
After a lifetime of training and dedication, five men are set to live out their dream as the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's gymnastics team has been set. USA Gymnastics released the names of the latest medal hopefuls via the official Twitter account for U.S. Olympics.
Danell Leyva and John Orozco had been announced as Team USA members on Saturday, following the final day of the U.S. Olympics Men's Gymnastics Trials in San Jose.
Three alternates were also named on Sunday on the official website of U.S. Gymnastics: Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Alexander Naddour.
The U.S. women's team is expected to be announced on Sunday night, following the final day of women's competition at the Trials.
Leyva took the top spot in the men's competition with a total score of 368.350. That was just enough to edge out his new teammate Orozco, whose final score was 367.400.
Jonathan Horton left little doubt that he would be added by the selection committee by finishing third in the Trials.
The committee picked the remainder of the team based on the athletes' whole body of work and not just their performance at the Trials. This explains the selection of the fifth member of the team.
Jake Dalton and Chris Brooks tied for fourth. Brooks was left to alternate status in favor of Sam Mikulak. Mikulak spent much of the competition in third place, but sprained his ankle and he only competed in the pommel horse on Saturday.
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