American male gymnast John Orozco failed to medal in the men's individual all-around at North Greenwich Arena in the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday.
Orozco finished eighth with a score of 89.331.
Meanwhile, Japan's Kohei Uchimura took home gold with a score of 92.690. German Marcel Nguyen won silver, and Orozco's teammate, Danell Leyva, finished in bronze position, posting a score of 90.698 thanks to a clutch performance on the high bar.
The 19-year-old Orozco made the five-member U.S. Olympic men's gymnastics squad thanks to an impressive outing at the U.S. trials earlier this summer. But the international competition, as well as the pressure to perform across the pond, proved too much to handle for Orozco, who had a shaky run on the pommel horse.
His disappointing finish comes as anything but a shock, though, especially considering that he came up short in the men's individual all-around competition at last year's World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Orozco finished fifth in that event behind a field of gymnasts that included 2012 Olympic competitors Kohei Uchimura and Daniel Purvis.
The New York native increased expectations when he edged Olympic teammate Danell Leyva at the 2012 U.S. National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Orozco narrowly defeated the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the men's all-around, instantly becoming an Olympic medal contender for the U.S.
The fact that Orozco was featured in the Gym Class Heroes' recent music video for "The Fighter" certainly didn't hurt his popularity, and it definitely added to the level of pressure on him to succeed in London.
Perhaps Orozco will break through onto the podium in one or more of the other individual men's events still to be decided at the Games. For now, though, Orozco will have to make peace with the fact that he is just an Olympian, not an Olympic champion.
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