U.S. Olympic Gymnast Jake Dalton on the summer games

OU Gymnast Jake Dalton is living his dream. 

This 20-year-old athlete found out a month ago that he’d made the U.S. Olympic team. 

“I told someone it was like a kid waking up on Christmas morning, only better,” he said.   

Now, he’s in London hoping to return with Olympic gold around his neck.

Jake is considered to be among the best gymnasts in the world. 

He was born with a natural gift so obvious that his parents bought a club gym where he could train. 

Now that talent has matured into that of an Olympian.

OU Coach Mark Williams said Jake Dalton has dedicated himself to the sport, spending extra hours in the gym perfecting his skills.       

“Because he wanted to be an Olympian, he chose to be in there more. He’s probably put in 30 to 35 hours a week sometimes. Most of my team would be done in 20 hours,” Coach Williams said.

Jake’s world is often an upside-down, twisted view of his surroundings when he’s practicing. 

His perspective: a vertigo-fueled panorama.

This champion gymnast turns to a higher power when he finds things becoming difficult.

“You know I pray a lot in practice. It kind of helps me calm down and focus a little bit,”  he said.      

A tattoo, generally hidden by his uniform, reminds him of his potential.

From Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”