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Jonathan Horton

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Jonathan Horton, born December 31, 1985 in Houston, Texas, is an American gymnast. He is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist on high bar, 2010 Worlds all-around bronze medalist and a two-time U.S. National All-Around Champion. He is a 17-time medalist at the U.S. National Championships. He competed for the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team. Jonathan began gymnastics in 1990. "I was a wild child," Horton said. "I once climbed a pole in the middle of a Target store all the way to the ceiling. I used to do back flips on my parents bed and I rode an electric garage door to the top when I was 3 years old." Jonathan made his debut as a Senior - despite still competing as a Junior, in 2002 competing at the U.S. National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio where he placed 1st on still rings and vault, placed second in the all-around and the floor exercise, and tied for fifth on the high bar.

In 2003 he competed in the Winter Cup challenge, where he qualified to the individual event finals. Later that year he was chosen to compete for U.S.A. at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo where the men's team won Bronze and he placed 4th in the All-Around. He competed in both the U.S. Nationals and the Olympic Team trials in 2004. He was recruited by Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State and committed to compete for the University of Oklahoma beginning in 2004 for the 2004/05 NCAA season. From 2005-08 he competed for the Oklahoma Sooners men's gymnastics team alongside his 2010 & 2011 world teammates Chris Brooks and Steven Legendre. During his time competing for Oklahoma he won 6 NCAA titles and 18 All-American honors, breaking the record that had previously been set by Bart Conner. His OU record for titles and honors still stands.

At the beginning of 2006, during his Sophomore year at OU, he won Silver in the all-around at the Winter Cup. He went on to compete at the American Cup where he finished in 1st place, winning Gold in the All-Around and on Still Rings. That summer, he competed in the U.S. National Championships where he won Gold on floor, silver in the All-around and Bronze on the Horizontal Bar. His performances led to him being chosen to represent the U.S.A. at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Aarhus. A very young and inexperienced worlds team, they finished 13th in the qualifying rounds not making the team finals. In 2007 he competed at the Winter Cup and the American Cup again. He won his second consecutive American Cup All-Around title, the first male gymnast to do so since Blaine Wilson. After competing in the NCAA and U.S. National Championships he was once again chosen for the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where he finished fourth in the all-around and helped the U.S.A. qualify a full men's team to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Horton was named to the U.S. Olympic team following the men's competition at the 2008 Olympic Trials, where he won the All-Around. The team entered the 2008 Beijing Olympics amongst much skepticism as to whether the team could compete against such established teams as the Japanese, Chinese, and German teams. Injuries had forced team leaders Paul Hamm and Morgan Hamm to withdraw from competition, thus causing the American team to bring in alternates Raj Bhavsar and Alexander Artemev. The American men performed better than many had anticipated, with Horton being the team's top performer. The American team ended the competition with the bronze medal after a stressful pommel horse event. In the event finals, Horton placed 9th in the All-Around and added a silver medal in the high bar event.

In 2009, Jonathan became the U.S.A. National Champion, and went on to compete in the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in London where he competed in the All-Around and Horizontal Bar finals. In 2010, he competed in the American Cup where he placed 2nd in the All-Around. That summer he defended his National All-Around title at the U.S. National Championships in Hartford. He was chosen for the team to compete at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, where he was able once again to compete alongside his Sooner teammates, Chris Brooks and Steven Legendre. The team placed 4th, and Jonathan won the all-around bronze medal. In 2011 he won his third American Cup All-Around title, and he was captain of the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Although qualifying 5th All-Around in the Prelimanary competition, he was edged out by his own teammates Danell Leyva and John Orozco who qualified ahead of him (only 2 athletes from each country are allowed to compete in individual event finals in world competitions). Regarding this he said "I didn't make the all-around final because two of my teammates are freakin' awesome at gymnastics - but it doesn't matter, because I'm all about the team".

During the team final, he had a bad landing on Vault injuring his left foot, but continued to compete for the rest of the competition. The next day he was unable to walk, but after treatment decided to compete in the Still Rings final which he had never done before at a World Championships . On returning home, it was discovered that the injury was worse than previously thought with a torn ligament and broken 2 bones in his foot which would require surgery. Despite this setback in his training, he told media that it could actually make him stronger gymnast because he would have an opportunity to get really strong on the other four events.

See more at: www.jonathan-horton.com

source: www.wikipedia.org


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