Gymnast John Orozco out of Olympics with torn ACL, meniscus

APJohn Orozco

APJohn Orozco

Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, won the horizontal bar silver medal at the 2015 World Championships, his fifth World medal.

How did Orozco get injured?

As a result, Orozco has withdrawn from the team, and Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics) has been named to the team. His mother Damaris, long his biggest supporter, passed away on February 14, 2015, and he tore the Achilles in his right leg for a second time that summer.

The gymnast will miss the Rio Olympics after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee for the second time in less than four years.

Miami gymnast Danell Leyva will be on the U.S. Olympic team in Rio, after all. He wasn't at his strongest at the U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics Trials in early June, but he made it through the competition cleanly and it was enough for the Olympic selection committee to give him a spot on the five-man squad. "He's fully supporting the team and its goals moving ahead".

Artistic gymnastics at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio is scheduled to begin August 6 with men's qualifiers. In 2014, he was second in the all-around at the P&G Championships, where he won the horizontal bar title, and helped the US win team bronze at the 2014 World Championships. He also was a member of the 2011 World's team that won the team bronze. He finished sixteenth in the all-around at the championships, perhaps still feeling the lingering effects of a dog bite a few weeks before.

Before the P&G championships, Leyva told reporters that his performances in London, which most would consider successful, motivated him to go for another Olympics. He tore the ACL in his left knee for the first time during the post-Olympic exhibition tour in the fall of 2012, but returned to win medals at both the 2013 and 2014 world championships.

The Olympic withdrawal is the latest sad update for the 23-year old Orozco.

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