Sitting in a recovery room last October, his left knee an hour removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, John Orozco listened to the doctors give him a timetable for when he could get back to work.
The usual path to recovery is about a year. If he ''pushed it'' there was a chance he could make it back in nine months.
Guess which option Orozco chose?
''I hate waiting,'' Orozco said. ''The longer I wait, the harder it is to come back. I just want to jump right back into it.''
True to his word, the 20-year-old returned to competition during a qualifying meet in Colorado on July 13, less than nine months after ripping up the knee during the post-Olympic tour. He competed in four of six events, skipping vault and floor exercise to allow the joint a little more time to heal. He tied for first on the still rings, an important step as he attempts to resurrect his career. Again.
Orozco shredded the Achilles tendon in his right foot in 2010. He recovered in time to make the 2011 nationa...