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American Gymnast John Orozco is best known for his rise to the top of the gymnastics world and participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
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He finished a disappointing fifth in the all-around at the American Cup in March, but said it was "just a hiccup" in his preparation for the Olympics, according to the New York Times.
Just a few months later, in June 2012 at the Visa Championships, Orozco won the all-around gold medal. He is considered the "unlikely darling" of the London Olympics, according to the New York Post. Orozco has risen to the top of the gymnastics world,
clinching a spot on the U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics team.
In addition to appearing on several episodes of the television series Law and Order, Orozco showcased his Olympic talents in a music video for the song "The Fighter" by the band Gym Class Heroes.
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