Well then, on to the next quad.
That seems to be the attitude of the U.S. men’s gymnastics program, which is regrouping for Winter Cup, the annual half yearly reshuffling of the national team, following a disappointing fifth place finish at the Olympic Games.
The news released by USA Gymnastics today about the Winter Cup roster confirms what Jonathan Horton said in London this summer, which is basically that the whole U.S. team would like another bite at the Olympic apple.
The very first, tiny step toward 2016 is Winter Cup. And four Olympians — Horton, Danell Leyva, Jake Dalton and Sam Mikulak — are in. We assume that John Orozco would be in as well, were he not recovering from a torn ACL sustained during a double front half out off parallel bars on the post Olympic tour.
U.S. Olympic replacement athletes Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Alex Naddour are also expected to compete. And though it’s obviously early days, this is one team that gives the impression that it’s members are only going to get better (recall that everyone except Horton was 21 or younger in London.)
The bigger surprise is that Horton is going back to competition so soon, and also perhaps that Brooks, at 26 no longer a young man in the sport, has elected to continue as well. It would be surprising to see either compete all six events. Unless the rules have changed, all Olympians have a free pass to next year’s U.S. Championships in August.
Here’s the roster for Winter Cup, per USAG:
Adrian De Los Angeles
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