Last summer the gymnastics gods played a cruel trick on John Orozco. After making the 2016 Olympic team in June, he landed a high bar dismount in July that tore the ACL in his left knee and shredded his dream of a second trip to the Olympics.
"I wasn't depressed at all, really. Just confused," he said. "The end result wasn't what I wanted, but that's just life. I try to look at it as maybe a push in the right direction. Maybe I was never meant to really go to the Olympics (again) or never meant to win an Olympic medal."
Orozco, 24, has retired from gymnastics and is leaving the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where he has trained for the last seven years.
And what will he miss most about training and being an athlete?
"Being able to travel and see friends from different countries, and to compete with them," he said. "That was the best part about it for me."
Orozco did reveal that his future plans will involve music, so relocation is a necessity.
"I'm moving to L.A. soon, but I'm also not telling anyone where," he said with a laugh. "I like discretion."
He also said retiring "wasn't as hard as I thought it would be." He said he needed to give his body a break, and is excited for the next chapter in his life.
Asked if he would consider a comeback, Orozco said it will "always be in the back of my mind," but "most likely, probably not."
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