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August 7, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Epke Zonderland, an engaging horizontal bar specialist from the Netherlands, wowed and awed the sold-out crowd at North Greenwich Arena on Tuesday and won his first Olympic gold medal on the apparatus with a score of 16.533. Fabian Hambuchen of Germany won silver and defending gold medalist Zou Kai of China took the bronze.  American's Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Leyva, who had come from behind to win the all-around bronze medal, did all his big release moves when he was up first but he needed a big step on his landing.
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July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast and his four 2012 U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics teammates, including all-around Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, are registered to compete at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics National Championships on Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn. The other three Olympians in the field are Jake Dalton of Reno, two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and John Orozco of New York. Also expected is Mikulak's University of Michigan teammate, Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach.
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July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast and his four 2012 U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics teammates, including all-around Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, are registered to compete at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics National Championships on Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn. The other three Olympians in the field are Jake Dalton of Reno, two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and John Orozco of New York. Also expected is Mikulak's University of Michigan teammate, Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach.
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August 7, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Epke Zonderland, an engaging horizontal bar specialist from the Netherlands, wowed and awed the sold-out crowd at North Greenwich Arena on Tuesday and won his first Olympic gold medal on the apparatus with a score of 16.533. Fabian Hambuchen of Germany won silver and defending gold medalist Zou Kai of China took the bronze.  American's Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Leyva, who had come from behind to win the all-around bronze medal, did all his big release moves when he was up first but he needed a big step on his landing.
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August 20, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- It was simple, really. Jonathan Horton was, he said, going to go for an Olympic medal on the men's horizontal bar or break his face. Throwing in two new tricks, upping his degree of difficulty and making the Chinese crowd used to acrobatic high jinks go "ooh" and "aah," in expressions of awe in any language, Horton flew to an unexpected silver medal Tuesday on the final apparatus competed at these Olympics. Of course, it was a man from China, Zou Kai, who won gold.
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June 22, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- Two weeks ago, Justin Spring was in a Colorado Springs hospital emergency room bending over with agonizing back pain and hearing a doctor suggest he had a herniated disk and might be on his way into surgery. Today, Spring will probably be named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team after he bounced his way through 10 captivating and imaginative routines in two rounds of Olympic trials.
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July 26, 2012 | Diane Pucin
Less than two years ago, gymnast Sam Mikulak broke both his ankles on a bad landing during a floor exercise routine in Puerto Rico. Less than a month ago, Mikulak broke a vaulting board during practice, in part because of the strength and power in his ankles. Syque Caesar, who competes for the University of Michigan along with Mikulak and who is representing Bangladesh at the London Olympics, said Mikulak cracked the vault board in half. "We were going to bring that board over here," Caesar said.
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August 13, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- When Jonathan Horton went to the 2007 gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, his mother told him to bring home an all-around medal. "I told her, 'Mom, you're crazy. It's too soon.' When I came to Beijing, my mom told me to just come and have a good time. I told her I was going to win an all-around medal," Horton said. "She looked at me like I was crazy." Horton's achievement at those world championships was almost overlooked because the U.S.
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August 21, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- This is the difference between being the women's gymnastics all-around gold medalist and the balance beam gold medalist: All-around winner Nastia Liukin held a small post-Olympics news conference at a palace in a garden. Balance beam winner Shawn Johnson did hers in Interview Room No. 4 at the main press center and shared that room with men's high bar silver medalist Jonathan Horton. Liukin, 18, of Parker, Texas, leaves these Olympics with five medals -- a gold, three silvers and a bronze -- and with the feeling she will be back competing at least for the 2009 world championships.
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August 10, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- An Olympic medal on the pommel horse is not out of the grasp of Alexander Artemev, who qualified for the finals in that event. But now Artemev hopes to achieve something more than winning a single event. He'd like to help the U.S. win a men's gymnastics team medal. Performing without feeling pressure and with five teammates who think they are being underestimated, Artemev flew through six routines Saturday as if he were back in his gym in Colorado with his father and coach, Vladimir, telling him that things will be fine.
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July 26, 2012 | Diane Pucin
Less than two years ago, gymnast Sam Mikulak broke both his ankles on a bad landing during a floor exercise routine in Puerto Rico. Less than a month ago, Mikulak broke a vaulting board during practice, in part because of the strength and power in his ankles. Syque Caesar, who competes for the University of Michigan along with Mikulak and who is representing Bangladesh at the London Olympics, said Mikulak cracked the vault board in half. "We were going to bring that board over here," Caesar said.
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August 21, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- This is the difference between being the women's gymnastics all-around gold medalist and the balance beam gold medalist: All-around winner Nastia Liukin held a small post-Olympics news conference at a palace in a garden. Balance beam winner Shawn Johnson did hers in Interview Room No. 4 at the main press center and shared that room with men's high bar silver medalist Jonathan Horton. Liukin, 18, of Parker, Texas, leaves these Olympics with five medals -- a gold, three silvers and a bronze -- and with the feeling she will be back competing at least for the 2009 world championships.
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August 20, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- It was simple, really. Jonathan Horton was, he said, going to go for an Olympic medal on the men's horizontal bar or break his face. Throwing in two new tricks, upping his degree of difficulty and making the Chinese crowd used to acrobatic high jinks go "ooh" and "aah," in expressions of awe in any language, Horton flew to an unexpected silver medal Tuesday on the final apparatus competed at these Olympics. Of course, it was a man from China, Zou Kai, who won gold.
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August 13, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- When Jonathan Horton went to the 2007 gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, his mother told him to bring home an all-around medal. "I told her, 'Mom, you're crazy. It's too soon.' When I came to Beijing, my mom told me to just come and have a good time. I told her I was going to win an all-around medal," Horton said. "She looked at me like I was crazy." Horton's achievement at those world championships was almost overlooked because the U.S.
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August 10, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- An Olympic medal on the pommel horse is not out of the grasp of Alexander Artemev, who qualified for the finals in that event. But now Artemev hopes to achieve something more than winning a single event. He'd like to help the U.S. win a men's gymnastics team medal. Performing without feeling pressure and with five teammates who think they are being underestimated, Artemev flew through six routines Saturday as if he were back in his gym in Colorado with his father and coach, Vladimir, telling him that things will be fine.
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June 22, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- Two weeks ago, Justin Spring was in a Colorado Springs hospital emergency room bending over with agonizing back pain and hearing a doctor suggest he had a herniated disk and might be on his way into surgery. Today, Spring will probably be named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team after he bounced his way through 10 captivating and imaginative routines in two rounds of Olympic trials.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- The U.S. men's lineup for Monday's gymnastics team finals has been released. In the Olympic finals, only three men on each five-man team can compete per apparatus and all three scores count. In qualifying, four men could compete, with the lowest score being dropped. Here's the U.S. lineup. Floor exercise: Danell Leyva; Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton. Pommel horse: Leyva, Mikulak, John Orozco. Still rings: Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Orozco. Vault: Orozco, Mikulak, Dalton.
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July 27, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- The competition lineup for the U.S. men's gymnastics team has been set. The men begin team competition Saturday at the North Greenwich Arena and the U.S. men will start their competition on pommel horse. Four of the five men on the team can compete on each apparatus and the top three scores will count toward qualifying for Monday's team finals. On the pommel horse, Jonathan Horton, Newport Coast's Sam Mikulak, Danell Leyva and John Orozco will compete, in that order. On still rings the order is: Jake Dalton, Leyva, Orozco and Horton; on vault it will be Leyva, Orozco, Mikulak and Dalton; on parallel bars, Mikulak, Horton, Orozco and Leyva; on horizontal bar, Mikulak, Orozco, Horton and Leyva; and on floor exercise, Orozco, Leyva, Mikulak and Dalton to finish.
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