John Orzoco: Despite Olympic Outcome, Future Is Still Bright

David LevinSenior Writer IIAugust 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  John Orozco of the United States of America competes on the rings in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's hard to imagine what went through John Orozco's mind when he did not medal during the London Olympics.

While he failed to place in the top three on the pommel horse and saw other countries celebrate their triumphs, Orozco watched and may have wondered, "What if?"

Just last month it was Orozco who was tearful while standing with his U.S. Olympic men's gymnastics teammates as they realized their dreams of going to London, competing with the best around and, as a team, being a favorite to medal with Japan and China.

Still, Orozco left the games empty-handed.

"I knew at the end I couldn't make the podium even if I was perfect on all the other routines," Orozco said in a story on Fox News Latino.

He managed to climb up the scoreboard 16 spots higher to eighth place, but it still wasn't a place he wanted to be. Orozco shed tears over the miscues that caused such heartbreak.

Hopefully this is the kind of thing that will make him stronger, at least that is what his coach, Kevin Mazeika, believes as the 19-year-old now sets his sights on Rio de Janeiro.

"This young man has tremendous potential in the future," Mazeika said in the Fox News Latino article. "His upside is limitless."

What happens now really depends on Orozco, and his potential to learn from this experience and make his strengths even stronger against the world's best.

And remember, he will have four years to think about it. That time should make him more focused and mentally stronger.