Jordyn Wieber, a likely gymnastic darling at the London Games, and John Orozco will capture much of the spotlight this week as they vie with 28 other hopefuls for 10 Olympic spots up for grabs at the U.S. gymnastic trials in the South Bay.
The 16-year-old Wieber, who won the world all-around women’s title in Tokyo last year, signalled she is close to her best by claiming her second consecutive U.S. all-around title this month in St. Louis.
Orozco, 19, also laid an early marker for Olympic selection, edging out defending champion Danell Leyva to claim the men’s all-around crown in St. Louis as he chases his lifelong dream.
“Whether it’s team, individual or all-around, I just want an Olympic medal in the sport I love so badly,” the ever-smiling Orozco told reporters while preparing for the first day of competition at the U.S. trials on Thursday.
“I lay in my bed and I think about how it would feel to stand on that podium and get the medal put on my neck and be able to salute and be proud, knowing that all of these years and sacrifices have paid off.
Orozco, a member of the U.S. men’s team which won bronze at last year’s world championships, edged past Leyva in the final event of the two-day competition to land the men’s all-around title by 184.850 points to 184.800.
Where: HP Pavilion, San Jose
Schedule: Thursday, men’s competition, 2 p.m.; Friday, women’s competition, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, men’s competition, noon; Sunday, women’s competition, 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: Single-session tickets from $36 to $102; multisession tickets from $78 to $236