2012 Summer Olympics

John Orozco: American Gymnast Will Lead Team USA to Gold

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  John Orozco of the United States of America competes in the pommel horse in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 30, 2012

Men's gymnastics is one of the most underrated events at the Summer Olympics. The pure strength, athleticism, courageousness and sheer desire to win is something that should be marveled by the world.

Monday's team finals to determine medals will come down to one man for Team USA: John Orozco. His dominating performance will be one that leads Team USA to gold.

Here are three reasons why Orozco will help Team USA win gold:

 

Building off Solid Showing

Orozco finished fourth out of 30 in the all-around men's qualification. It was a performance where he can build off his highs and improve on his lows.

Sometimes athletes need to get their feet wet before showing what they can truly do in a competition. A little experience mixed in with positives and negatives will do Orozco well in his showing on Monday.

 

Orozco is a Champion

Orozco won the 2012 Visa National Championships, and while that doesn't compare to the Olympics, it still is something he can look back on when competing this summer. He's a champion, and nobody can take that away from him.

He's been in pressure-packed situations before, and Monday will be another one of those moments. Given his past performances on the big stage, Orozco will be just fine in front of the whole world.

 

Helping Danell Leyva

Orozco finished fourth in all-around while Leyva finished first. Both are two of the best gymnasts in the world, and they need to help each other out by competing for the top spot.

Regardless of who has the better score, both will be needed for Team USA to walk away with gold. Both will show up to the party and perform at a high level, but Orozco will put on a slightly better performance.

 

To find out where and when to catch men's gymnastics, check out NBCOlympics.com.

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