Posted July 25, 2012 on AP on Fox
To go for the gold, gymnasts at the O2 Arena will first have to navigate the pink. Acres and acres and acres of it. The competition floor at the gymnastics venue is awash in yards of eye-popping pink fabric. Imagine the inside of the world's largest Barbie Dreamhouse and you get the idea. ''It's definitely a little bit in your face,'' British men's team member Sam Oldham said. And requires a bit of an adjustment for the athletes. U.S. men's team captain Jonathan Horton joked earlier in the week he had to ''squint'' while at the training center a few buildings over, where the pink stuff is even more ubiquitous. Trying to differentiate between the chalk-covered high bar, cream-colored mat and the surrounding carpet can be tough. The mishaps continued during practice at the O2 on Wednesday. And the Americans were hardly alone trying to work out the kinks. Three-time world champion and heavy gold-medal favorite Kohei Uchimura wiped ...

Horton won't compete for all-around

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...
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