Posted June 06, 2012 on
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His passion for gymnastics waning last fall, Jonathan Horton knew he needed a break.
Fate gave the two-time Olympic medalist one by, well, giving him a break.
The 26-year-old ripped up his left foot while landing a vault at worlds last October, an injury that eventually required surgery and a four-month sabbatical. People kept phoning in their condolences when Horton first went down. His response? No big deal.
''I was like, `Actually I'm pretty happy right now, I get to take some time off,''' Horton said.
Horton will compete in all six events for the first time since worlds when the U.S. championships begin on Thursday. It's led to an unlikely bout of jitters. Good ones.
''I'm ready,'' Horton said. ''My foot feels great. My body feels great. Mentally I feel that passion for the sport again. It was a blessing for me to get hurt, as bad as that sounds.''
The fire Horton feared had gone out resurfa...
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Sitting on a chair at a podium above the others, smiling and answering a host of easy questions, Jonathan Horton suddenly tensed at a single query.
His eyes flashed frustration. He wanted no part of any question that turned the focus toward the darkest moment of his career.
"We're going to bring that up?" he snapped.
Yes, we are, Jonathan. We're bringing up how...
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As he prepared to leave the area, Jonathan Horton, the fifth-place finisher (90.30), turned to Leyva...
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Leyva, also the world champion in the event, scored 15.800 points to finish at 91.850, just ahead of Orozco's 91.8.
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