Orozco Out of Olympics With Torn ACL
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2012 U.S. Olympian John Orozco has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Olympic Games after suffering a knee injury, USA Gymnastics announced Friday.

2012 U.S. Olympian John Orozco has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Olympic Games after injuring his left knee, USA Gymnastics announced Friday.

Orozco, 23, suffered a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and meniscus dismounting high bar at the Olympic training camp in Colorado Springs. It is the second major knee injury for Orozco, who tore his ACL and meniscus during an exhibition after the 2012 Olympic Games.

"We are heartbroken with the news that John Orozco, who has overcome the loss of his mother and a torn Achilles' tendon in the past year and half, has suffered an ACL tear and has withdrawn from the 2016 U.S. Olympic team," said a statement from USA Gymnastics.

Orozco came back from a torn Achilles' to make his second Olympic team, owing to his strengths on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar. At the Olympic test event in April, the Bronx native won the silver medal on pommel horse and bronze medal on high bar. He was the bronze medalist on parallel bars as the 2011 World Championships.

He will be replaced on the Rio squad by alternate Danell Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist. At the recent U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Leyva placed second on parallel bars and third on the high bar.

"It is always difficult to replace an Olympic team member," said U.S. national team coordinator Kevin Mazeika. "John's injury is unfortunate and heartbreaking news, but he is handling the situation like the true professional and champion that he is. He's fully supporting the team and its goals moving ahead."

External Link: USA Gymnastics

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