Okla. gymnasts compete in Olympic Trials
SAN JOSE, Cali. — Right now in California, a number of OU athletes are competing for a chance at the Olympics.
The gymnastic Olympic Trials are underway in San Jose.
Fifteen men and 15 women are fighting for their chance to be on the team.
One of them is Jonathan Horton, OU gymnast and 2008 Olympic team vet.
That time he brought back the bronze, this time he wants more.
“I still haven’t’ accomplished my dream which is an Olympic gold. I knew after ’08 I would make a good run and make it back to the 2012,” he said.
It’s a high pressure situation but OU current team member Jake Dalton said it helps that he’s with his buddies.
“I’m actually in a group with all Oklahoma gymnasts. Alex, John Horton and Chris Brooks. It’s going to be a lot of fun being with all those guys and maybe relax us all a bit since we all know each other so well,” Dalton said.
For former OU gymnast Chris Brooks, it’s about state of mind.
“You try to stay humble and remember those days when you were a little kid dreaming about this. I’m living the dream, just go and have a good time,” Brooks said.
Dalton said the support coming from Oklahoma is amazing.
“Definitely a lot. Friends from school and buddies just asking how it’s going, wishing us good luck. Alumni are sending us texts, so it’s a lot of fun,” Dalton said.
However, with only five spots on the Men’s Olympic Team, Horton knows there’s a harsh reality.
“There are going to be three or four people who aren’t going to make the Olympic team that deserve to be on it,” Horton said.
The competition wraps up Saturday.
The team most likely will be decided by Sunday.