Five Gymnasts Named in SJ to Head to Olympics

Olympic Trials

Danell Leyva won the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday at the HP Pavilion and John Orozco placed second to clinch spots on the five-man Olympic team.

Leyva, 20, a Cuban immigrant from Miami, scored 368.350 followed by Orozco, 19, from the Bronx, who scored 367.400 over four rounds of competition in St. Louis and in San Jose on Thursday and Saturday.

The other three members of the five-man team named Sunday are: Jonathan Horton of Houston; Sam Mikulak, of Newport Coast, Calif.; and Jake Dalton, of Reno, Nev. Horton was a two-time medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games.

A tearful Orozco was celebrated by the more than 10,000 fans in attendance Saturday when he was introduced as an Olympian.

Leyva had to retake the lead from Orozco who moved ahead after the vault. Leyva's mark of 15.850 on the parallel bars, the final event, helped him regain the lead and move ahead of Orozco into the top spot.

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