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USA men's gymnastics team announced for 2016 Rio Olympics

Brooks, who is 29, is the oldest of the former Sooner gymnasts who will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, was second in the all-around at the U.S. Trials in St. Louis and finished first on the high bar and parallel bars.

A dry erase board might be a better option while trying to figure out who else will be on the five-man team in Rio de Janeiro. They are: Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Leyva; Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center); Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center). He was second on the parallel bars and third on the high bar. Brooks put together six more steady rotations Saturday night and finished the selection process without the kind of hiccups that have dogged him throughout his career. A far sterner test awaits in Brazil, and Mikulak knows it. Committee walked in. They were quick with it, luckily, and said, 'Congratulations to everyone, this was a hard decision, but we're going to let the numbers speak for themselves, and this is the team.' They just listed it off. I thought, 'Oh my gosh! "I like to seem to dig myself a hole and build my way back".

There won't be almost as much wiggle room in Rio.

It is an attitude that was shared by his teammates Wednesday on the eve of the U.S. Olympic men's team trials in St. Louis. "I surround myself with young, awesome people, so I feel young". "Just going out there and just laying it out on the floor". "And that's my goal, to be an worldwide gymnast". Among those competing this week will be the other members of the 2015 US women's national team, which won the world championship.

The thing about that automatic path? With another top-two finish at Trials, Brooks would automatically have a place on the team.

Orozco will be a specialist this time around, focusing on high bar, parallel bars and maybe pommel horse. "That's the best feeling ever".

Danell Leyva is also competing to go to another Olympic games. Not that Brooks is getting ahead of himself. Healthy - well, as healthy as can be expected after more than two decades of competition - Brooks is hardly fading into the twilight. "Leaving no stone unturned".

Orozco, meanwhile, came on strong at trials after struggling at nationals.

World championship experience: Jake Dalton has competed at four world championships, beginning in 2009. "I think that's my biggest worth to the team", Orozco said.

But he scored toward the middle of the pack on rings and vault, and he was in the lower half of the field on pommel horse, scoring only 13.8 on the weakest event for the US men, and floor exercise. Yet, he continued to keep his name in the minds of the selection committee.



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