John Orozco: How Poor Start Will Damage Inspirational Story

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  John Orozco of the United States of America competes on the pommel horse in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team final on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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If there was ever an inspirational story in the Olympics, it's John Orozco.  The 19-year-old gymnast has struggled early on, but he seems to be just fighting the moment of being on such a stage.

Early on in the day, Orozco had a score of 14.958 in the rings.  Unfortunately for the Americans, everything seemed to go downhill.  Orozco fell on the vaults, ending the American dream of a medal.

The stage and lack of execution seemed to trouble the U.S. team all day.  The youth seemed to catch up to this American team.

Orozco, a Bronx native, did better on the parallel bars with a 15.133 mark.  However, it won't be good enough for an American team to win gold, a team that hasn't won gold in men's gymnastics since 1984.

The Puerto Rican Orozco has been around gymnastics a long time.  At the age of seven, his father, William Orozco decided to get his son involved in gymnastics.  In 2000, Orozco was enrolled in classes.

At the age of 13, Orozco decided to make this routine a bit more serious.  He had dreams and goals of participating in the Olympics.

As a kid, Orozco balanced gymnastic classes, homework and school.  He even shared a bedroom with his brothers.  Now, he's on one of the biggest stages in all of sports. 

Orozco has been through a lot with the Bronx and his family.  One night he was involved in an incident where men with knives threatened him and his brothers.  One of Orozco's brothers was hospitalized for days. 

As Orozco battles for supremacy in the Olympics, those days and memories have made him who he is.  And now he honors his country with competing in gymnastics.

He actually won his first medal at the age of nine, according to CNN.  He trained five or six days a week.  It was not an easy journey to get to the Olympics.  But now, all the commitment and dedication has been worth it.

Even with the results being disappointing thus far, Orozco and company should hold their heads up high.  On this day, China, Great Britain and Ukraine were destined for medals. 

While it isn't quite the Olympics, Orozco did win the 2012 Visa National Championships.  It's something he can look back on and be proud of.  This kid has a very bright future ahead of him. 

Perhaps it was the pressure or the nerves, but Orozco didn't perform to expectations or hopes of the Americans.  There will be more opportunities, however.