3 of London 2012's Best Are New Yorkers

April 16, 2012 12:00 AM

3 of London 2012's Best Are New Yorkers

" New York is expected to be well-represented in the London 2012 Olympic Games in several of the most exciting sports. Trials are still under way, but here are a few people to watch:

John Orozco

With a winning smile, stylish diamond earrings and solid, muscular physique that manages to be as graceful as it is strong, gymnast Orozco may be one of those Olympic athletes with lasting appeal on and off the competition floor.

The son of a New York City Sanitation Department worker, Orozco grew up in the Bronx but trained in Chappaqua. He holds 14 gold medals in U.S. National Jr. Division Championships, and took a silver medal at 2011 U.S. National Championships in the parallel bars. 

Just 19, he is still recovering from an Achilles injury that sidelined him for most of the 2010 season. He told the New York Times in March that he still experiences pain after landings on the high bar. However, during his recovery time, Orozco refined his technique on the pommel horse.

Before the injury, it was considered his worst event. In 2011, he won the Bronze at the U.S. Nationals in the event "

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