US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: Most Vulnerable Event for Team USA

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 23, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 28:  John Orozco competes on the pommel horse during day 1 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 28, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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There is one event in which the U.S. Gymnastics team could run into trouble and hit a snag on the road to two-team all-around gold medals in London.

The pommel horse.

Both the women's and men's team are looking for gold, and while the women's deep and talented team seem secure in their quest to achieve this, the men do not have anyone who can do well internationally on the pommel horse.

John Orozco has proven that he is the best American on the pommel horse. During the trials, he beat his rival Danell Leyva in the event, and he has been consistently ahead of everyone else in the U.S.

The problem is that he is only respectable on the pommel horse, and every other man is simply below average or worse.

Orozco can remain competitive, but he has never proved that he is one of the best in the world. The U.S. is constantly being outclassed in the event, and while Orozco is a step in the right direction, Team USA needs to take several more steps toward becoming elite.

The men's team is a good one with Orozco and Leyva leading the charge. These two men are among the best gymnasts in the world, and they will try to lead the U.S. to a team gold during the 2012 London Games.

However, if the team can't step it up on the pommel horse, they might fail.

The U.S. men's hopes essentially hinge on how well they perform on the pommel horse. If they do not lose too much ground, they will remain in the competition and could easily win gold. However, staying relatively close may be too much to ask for.

The pommel horse has been haunting the U.S. men's gymnastics team for years, and 2012 is no different.