PHILADELPHIA -- He has a sore knee, sore ankle and sore back. "The trifecta," Justin Spring said.
Spring, 24, of Burke, Va., energized the crowd at the Wachovia Center in spite of the pain and brought tears to the eyes of his coach Thursday night with a gritty performance in the first round of the U.S. men's gymnastics Olympic trials.
Spring made a last-minute decision to compete on floor exercise as well as doing planned routines on high bar, still rings, vault and parallel bars. It was a wise choice. After those five events, Spring was the overall leader and his score on floor of 15.200 was the second-highest of the night.
Among the gymnasts who competed on all six events, Alexander Artemev was first with 90.650 and Jonathan Horton was second with 90.550. Spring's score of 15.400 on high bar was second-best on the night and his 15.700 on parallel bars was No. 1.