Olympics Preview: Meet gymnast John Orozco


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gymnast John Orozco>>John Orozco: My name is John Orozco I’m
from Bronx, New York and I’m a gymnast on the senior national team.
[Music] I started when I was 8-years-old, my dad was
a sanitation worker at the time, he was a supervisor, and he came across a flier in
the city during his job hours and it was posted on a light post. He came home with the flier,
he talked it over with my mom and he decided that he wanted me to take that free trial
lesson to see if I was interested in gymnastics. So we went into Manhattan the next day and
went into the gym and I started doing cartwheels and handstands and when I got into that gym
I just didn’t want to leave and my parents saw that I loved it and I’ve been doing
it ever since. Not very popular in the Bronx to be a gymnast
but through all the backhanded jokes and people who didn’t believe I could really do anything
with my life in gymnastics, I just kept my dream in sight, kept my goals and my priorities
in my head to make sure that I never lost sight of what was really important to me and
what I really love. I really want to show young kids that football and basketball aren’t
the only sports out there its okay to not stick with the status quo and not stick with
what’s popular. You know you just get out there and do what you want to do and do what
you love. My family has always been there for me and
they’re always going to be there for me and I’ll do the same for them. The support
that they’ve given me throughout the years training from when I started up until now
has been really actually very…astounding. My mother she was diagnosed with Lupus and
rheumatoid arthritis when she was younger and she had double knee replacements, and
I mean she’s like the bionic woman. And she’s in pain almost every day but she gets
up just to drive me to practice every day when I was living at home training in New
York. Going out to get food, cooking, and doing everything she could to make sure that
I was comfortable and I was where I needed to be at all my meets and always traveled
with me everywhere, plane flights, train rides, bus rides, any way she could get me to where
I was needed she would always get me there and whatever I needed she was always there
for me. Also my dad, too. Every aspect of my life, they’ve always been there for me.
I think I remember I went home one day and I said I can’t just keep thinking this is
a hobby anymore. And I didn’t tell my parents anything it was more of an internal thing
for me and I told myself you know, this is it, I’m 13-years-old not a little kid anymore.
I was thinking to myself at that time “it’s time to grow up and be responsible and make
this dream happen because it’s not going to happen on its own”. One of the main reasons I actually got into
gymnastics and started taking it seriously was because I wanted to change my life and
I wanted to change my family’s life. It shows them that we don’t have to stay stuck
somewhere for the rest of our lives we have opportunities and we can make changes.
I try to hold myself to the highest expectation. I try to think to myself, “alright this
has got to be perfect, every time, every time” and obviously it doesn’t happen all the
time but putting the pressure on myself and feeling the pressure of everyone else’s
expectations is what also keeps me going too. People expect things from me and I feel obligated
to follow through with those expectations, and that’s what keeps me going also.
Whether it’s team, individual, all-around, I just want an Olympic medal in the sport
I love so badly. I lay in my bed and I think about how it would feel to stand in that podium
and get the medal, put it on my neck, and being able to salute and be proud and knowing
that all of these years and sacrifices have paid off and being able to wear that medal
in all its glory and honor. And I’m not going to lie sometimes I tear up at night
thinking “wow, that would be amazing, at that moment that would be the moment that
my life changes and my family’s life changes”. It’s the most honorable thing that you can
do, whether you’re representing you’re country in the army, in combat, in sports,
anything. Being able to wear USA on your chest is the most honorable thing that I can think
of and it just feels amazing. It feels like you’re part of something that’s more than


49 Responses

  1. Alexandra Sinclair

    July 30, 2012 10:36 pm

    "People who identify their origin as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race."[12] The AP Stylebook's recommended usage of Latino includes not only persons of Spanish-speaking ancestry, but also more generally includes persons "from — or whose ancestors were from — . . . Latin America," including Brazilians.[" This is a direct quote, you are therefore absolutely wrong!!

  2. Rayarena

    July 31, 2012 3:07 am

    He doesn't look like the biological child of "his" Puerto Rican parents. Let me clarify something, I know that Puerto Ricans come in all colors, so I'm not arguing that there aren't black Puerto Ricans. My contention is that he is the adopted child of that couple. He is too dark to be their child. I wonder if he is really an Afro-American?

  3. Dalcia Herrera

    July 31, 2012 5:15 am

    He isn't as dark as Roberto Clemente and Roberto was Puerto Rican and so is John. All you racists can lick my as*hole! Parhaps his parents adopted him from Puerto Rico who knows.

  4. Realllybadtimes

    July 31, 2012 12:01 pm

    You're retarded. And your recently watched videos consist of black everything, so you might have a mental issue


  5. Dominic Brady

    August 1, 2012 10:18 pm

    Everyone is is little more dumber from reading this bullshit. You know nothing about Latin American history, you ignorant myopic idiot.

  6. Dominic Brady

    August 1, 2012 10:25 pm

    How dare you question the integrity of Afro-Latinos when they are some of the proudest Latin Americans, they fought for the Latin America we know today. Educate yourself you ignorant idiot.

  7. Kristian Real

    August 2, 2012 1:47 pm

    Wow, he became famous and a great gymnast all from a flyer that was on a light post. Life works in amazing ways.

  8. Kristian Real

    August 2, 2012 1:52 pm

    After seeing this video, I feel so sad now that I didn't win a gold medal or any medal. Its okay John, hopefully you can come back to the next olympics

  9. cast4ron

    August 3, 2012 6:30 am

    John orozco comes from Dominican descent adopted by puerto rican American parents. Better question is his sexuality. I get such a gay vibe from him the million dollar smile and twinkle in his eye. But most importantly great human being and gymnast.

  10. Faith Clayton

    August 3, 2012 7:01 am

    He is an AMAZING gymnast! He's my favorite in the American Team. He is soo cute and seems like such a nice guy. Don't know why people have to be so racist about whether he's black or puerto rican. He's amazing, just leave it at that(:

  11. jbluv222

    August 5, 2012 8:26 am

    I'm still wondering what price I should put on eBay for his smile 4000000000000000 or 70000000000000000000000000000000000.
    I think I should definitely go with the

  12. 1perle

    August 7, 2012 11:02 am

    genetics can play if it is biological family as 333handsomesons mentions Puerto Ricans are a lot of mixture of Afro/Taino Indians/white, etc…I know people who have a great different skin color and comes from the same family. If he's been adopted well it is he's family no matter what and it isnt people business

  13. 1perle

    August 7, 2012 11:12 am

    Well its his personal life. Im here to support the Olympics not to dig into his personal way of living. I get that you're happy though and I understand

  14. Ps9teacher

    August 15, 2012 8:30 pm

    Some of the comments on here have to be from either prepubescent children or ignorant fools…I'd rather they be the former than the latter but IT IS POSSIBLE to have a Darker skinned child with two light skinned parents! Puerto Rico is an island that has a diverse gene pool! European, African and the Indigenous people of the island. In other words, for those of the latter, it is possible for a child to come out even with blue eyes even though their parents have brown eyes….

  15. 1perle

    August 20, 2012 9:16 am

    No offense but despite the fact that he may have been adopted it doesn't seem like you know much about genetics to give that kind of answer and there are cases to prove it. Just do some research. Finally Im here to support him as a gymnast not to dig into his personal life. I gave my opinion and thats about it.

  16. Ariel

    August 24, 2012 9:09 pm

    Wow. This is the most ignorant comment I've heard in a while. And yes, you do get genes from you grandparents and your great grandparents and so on. You get a set of genes from you mom and a set from your dad. Most of the time, only one gene per trait is expressed. If your father is half black/white and your mom is all black, you could be lighter than both of them like I am or you could be darker than both like my brother. Please pick up a bio book, or just type genetics into wikipedia.

  17. qetsfhxvnpolkmn

    August 25, 2012 12:45 pm

    Oh please, you don't need wikipedia to know basic science like that. Just because you're so intellectually inept that you resort to wikipedia for everything, doesn't mean that others need to do so too just to access the basic knowledge of genes. -.-

  18. BoriGuANiCA

    September 23, 2012 12:04 pm

    Your the last person that should be calling anyone stupid, you don't even know the basics of genetics or biology. Phenotype does NOT = genotype and it is possible for lighter skinned people to have darker children, it happens ALL THE TIME in multi-generational mixed race families , I should know it's very common in my own family.

  19. Sophia Elizabeth

    October 31, 2012 6:18 am

    Come on guys really!!!???? This man just told us basically his life story and you're arguing about genetics and races? This guy is my hero! It shouldnt matter one way or another we are all people and deserve to be treated as such!!

    Now SHUT UP!!! All of you! And get a life!

  20. Dominic Brady

    May 14, 2013 8:57 pm

    Why are you constantly questioning? Celebrate that fact that America Latina has a unique and beautiful melting-pot past.


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