U.S. men's Olympic captain Jonathan Horton has stressed repeatedly a gymnastics team medal - and not individual glory - is what matters most.
The lineup sent out by his coaches on Friday left no doubt.
The two-time Olympic medalist will only compete in four of six events when team qualification begins on Saturday. National champion John Orozco and trials winner Danell Leyva will do all six disciplines, leaving them as the only two eligible to compete for the all-around title.
It's a move based exclusively on the pursuit of a medal, hopefully one a little bit shinier than the bronze the U.S. won in Beijing four years ago.
Horton took third at the 2010 world championships, but has seen his spot as the best gymnast in the U.S. eclipsed by the 19-year-old Orozco and 20-year-old Leyva.
The duo have been the most consistent performers for the U.S. over the last six months, trading spots atop the all-around podium all winter and spring.
They'll be the bedrock the U.S. bui...