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Horton Hopeful Following Foot Surgery
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A risky vault in the team final at the recent world gymnastics championships in Tokyo left U.S. star Jonathan Horton on all fours - and with a ruptured ligament in his foot.

Horton, a four-time world and Olympic medalist, crashed his Dragulescu vault (handspring double front-half) in the team final on Oct. 12. Despite the injury, Horton nailed his routines on parallel bars and high bar to help the U.S. men take the bronze, their first world team medal since 2003.

Horton underwent surgery on Thursday in Houston to repair the injured lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The 2009 and 2010 U.S. champion is expected to be able to return to tumbling in four months, but says he plans on using the down time to improve pommel horse.

"When it's all said and done, I'm going to be a better gymnast for it," he told IG on Saturday. "You can't let injuries discourage you, and you just have to do everything you can to push hard and make your comeback."

IG medical correspondent Dr. Michael Canales, who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, explains the injury and operation. Following his surgery, Horton chatted with Canales via Skype about the injury and his comeback plans. Watch the video now!

IG Online Interview: Jonathan Horton Following Surgery Injury

2011 World Gymnastics Championships: Horton on Vault in Men's Team Final

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