John Orozco Individual All Around: American Star Is a Long-Shot to Medal

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  John Orozco of the United States of America looks on 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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American gymnastics star John Orozco is a long shot to medal in Day 5's men's individual all-around competition at the 2012 London Olympics

The first-time Olympian is one of the best in the world, there is no denying, but so is his competition. Japan's Kohei Uchimura, the defending world champion in the all-around, and Great Britain's Daniel Purvis finished ahead of Orozco at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo and will be competing against him again on Wednesday.

You can bet that both will be better and pulling out all the stops to impress the judges at North Greenwich Arena in London.

Not to mention the disappointment of the United States' fifth-place finish in the men's team final on Monday may have dealt Orozco's confidence a significant blow. There were no bright spots for the U.S. men's team on Monday, and the quick turnaround will be a mighty test for the 19-year-old.

If the Americans are to land a male competitor on the podium in the all-around, though, it will more than likely be Danell Leyva. Leyva is the defending world champion on the parallel bars and is motivated to redeem himself after a brutal fall on the horizontal bar at last year's World Championships, which likely cost him a chance to medal.

Germany's Fabian Hambuechen also presents another potential medal contender who could very well be in the mix toward the end of the competition. 

Orozco is no doubt capable of pulling off a medal performance in the all-around, but the competition he will face in London makes him a long shot to actually do it. He showed very few glimpses of hope that he can win in the team final, and he will be under even more pressure to perform as one of only two gymnasts representing the United States on Wednesday.

The pressure to medal at the 2012 London Games is off for a handful of male gymnasts, but Orozco is not one of them. Getting back to the Olympics in 2016 is no guarantee for Orozco, and that reality will be weighing heavily on his mind if he makes an early mistake or finds himself struggling to find a rhythm. 

Too much has to go right for Orozco to medal in the men's all-around on Day 5, and that's why he's a long shot to turn in a podium finish for the Americans. 


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