Photo Gallery: Meet the U.S. men's gymnastics team
After the two-day Olympic trials in San Jose, out gymnast Josh Dixon was not named to the five-man U.S. men's gymnastics team. He was also not named one of the three alternates. In the all-important four-round combined score of the Visa Championships and the trials, Dixon finished 13th of 15 competitors, only 13 points behind fifth-place Jake Dalton. That 13 points constitutes a difference in total score of less than 4%.
This was a strong performance by Dixon, who missed much of the last year due to a severe injury. Getting to the Olympic Trials was a huge accomplishment. And coming out publicly in the middle of the trial process was an incredibly courageous and inspiring step.
Joining Dalton on the Olympic team are Danell Leyva, John Orozco, Jonathan Horton and Sam Mikulak. Mikulak, with the University of Michigan, finished dead last in the total combined scores because he had missed part of the Visa Championships. Alternates for the team are Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Alex Naddour, who finished 11th overall but was the top performer on the pommel horse.
PHOTO: San Jose, CA, USA; Josh Dixon stretches during the 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE