Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/8/12
As the U.S. men head off to their final training camp before the London Olympics this week, several gymnasts will be toting plastic bears filled with honey. Or bottles of Karo syrup. Really. And no, it's not for breakfast. Some of the equipment can be as slick as ice, and gymnasts have had to get creative in order to keep a grip on things. ''You start slipping off the parallel bars and you're like, `How do I hold onto this?''' said Jonathan Horton, a two-time medalist in Beijing. ''When you're a kid, I guess you don't really think about it. Then you get older and you're like, `Man, this should be easier.' You just start figuring out, OK, what can I put that's sticky on my hands to make me do this?'' For most, honey does the trick. Others use syrup. Whatever the sticky substance, they rub it on their hands, run their hands along the bars and then cover both with a layer of chalk. (The women have a similar routine on uneven bars, though most just spray water on them and then dust ...
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