For Jake Dalton, John Orozco, It’s A Longer Road To Rio

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:39 PM

Jake Dalton’s battle was drawn out, a cruel game of reaching for a goal that remained just out of reach. Both two thousand twelve Olympic gymnasts, Orozco re-tore his right Achilles tendon in June two thousand fifteen and Dalton underwent shoulder surgery for a partially torn labrum on Sept.

For Jake Dalton, John Orozco, It’s A Longer Road To Rio

For John Orozco, the tear was instantaneous. Jake Dalton’s battle was drawn out, a cruel game of reaching for a goal that remained just out of reach.

Both two thousand twelve Olympic gymnasts, Orozco re-tore his right Achilles tendon in June two thousand fifteen and Dalton underwent shoulder surgery for a partially torn labrum on Sept. 1.

The injuries were agonizing in their own way for the gymnasts, but with four months to go before the two thousand sixteen Olympic Games start in Rio de Janeiro, both men are healthy, and they’ll compete this weekend at the Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Washington.

“It feels excellent to be back,” Orozco said. “I’m ready.”

Dalton, twenty-four, and Orozco, twenty-three, connect fellow Olympian Sam Mikulak on the six-person U. S. team, along with Donnell Whittenburg, Alex Naddour and Eddie Penev. They’ll be trying to defend their title at the biennial contest between Pacific Rim countries, including Australia, Canada, China and Japan.

Team and individual all-around finals start at seventh p. m. Friday, and top finishers in each apparatus advance to event finals on Sunday evening.

This weekend marks the second contest back for both Dalton and Orozco, but it’s their first major event. Dalton competed in three apparatuses at Feb’s Winter Cup, while Orozco won the all-around title at the lower-level Elite Team Cup in March.

The timing is just right for them to be rounding back into form.

This weekend begins a rush toward the Olympic Games, continuing with the Olympic test event April 16-22 in Rio, where both will compete, followed by the Men’s P&G Gymnastics Championships June 3-5 in Hartford, Connecticut, and then the U. S. Olympic Team Trials June 23-26 in St. Louis.

Each contest will be one step further from a painful period for the two gymnasts.

About three weeks before the two thousand fifteen P&G Championships, Dalton, a two-time individual medalist at the world championships, noticed a cyst on the back of his left shoulder, related to the partially torn labrum. It was pinching a nerve and causing weakness in his arm.

“There were certain things where it'd just give out,” Dalton said. “Rings was nearly impossible to do, and certain other things were pretty unsafe.”

A week before leaving for the U. S. championships in Indianapolis, Dalton had most of the fluid removed with a needle. The procedure, combined with a few days of rest, helped. But after some pre-meet training in Indianapolis, he withdrew.

“It just wasn’t ready,” he said.

A petition to attempt out for the world championships team at a coming training camp was denied, ending his season. Two weeks later, he underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum.

Orozco’s injury history is a tiny more complicated.

He first tore his right Achilles tendon in August two thousand ten, only to battle back to compete again eleven months later and create the two thousand eleven world championships team.

Then, after winning his first U. S. all-around title in two thousand-twelfth and competing at the Olympic Games, he tore his left ACL and meniscus that October, requiring another nine months of rehab.

Still, Orozco came back again, competing for the first time that following July and making the two thousand thirteen world championships team. A strong two thousand fourteen season appeared to have his career back on track.

Then, in June two thousand fifteen, Orozco re-tore his right Achilles during a training session. The first two injuries were trying, but this one was different. It occurred just five months after his mother, Damaris, died unexpectedly following knee surgery.

The Orozcos’ legend was widely told ahead of the two thousand twelve Games: Parents William and Damaris sacrificing so youthful John could rise from a working-class Bronx neighborhood to become an Olympic gymnast. John’s admiration for his parents was unmistakable when he talked about them. Even after he moved to CO in two thousand-eleventh to live at the U. S. Olympic Training Middle they were the middle of his life.

So the loss was devastating for John, and the injury compounded that. There were times when he wanted to crawl into a corner and hide. But he never did.

“One of my mantras is I didn't arrive this distant to only arrive this far,” he said. “I apply that to all facets of my life, particularly in the gym.”

So, once again, he began rehabbing.

Dalton arrives in Everett slightly ahead of Orozco in recovery — a product, he presently recognizes, of having surgery earlier and not after the world championships.

A “blessing in disguise,” he said.

Dalton had regained all of his gymnastics skills by early March, when the two gymnasts appeared together at the Team UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Media Summit in Los Angeles, and was working to regain the rest of his strength.

“My range of motion is good, and I’ve done all of my skills, doing routines and halves again,” he said. “So I perceive love a gymnast again.”

Orozco listed himself as being at eighty-fifth % of his potential.

“It’s mostly just building confidence on floor and vault to really go for the hard, challenging skills,” he said.

The U. S. men’s gymnastics landscape has changed in the latest four years, and making the Olympic team will be as competitive as ever. But for Dalton and Orozco, simply having the opportunity to compete for those Olympic spots is something to savor.

“I have all these things I could be dreary about,” Orozco said, “but where my life is presently compared to where it was ten years ago, or fifteen years ago, is a drastic difference, and I’m pleased to be where I'm now, number matter what happens.”



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