Today we take a look at two New York Olympians who have generated a lot of media buzz; one for his hard-earned return to the field of gymnastics, the other for potentially putting the US on the radar for the triathlon event.
Name: John Orozco
Hometown: Bronx, NY
At age 19, John Orozco is already being heralded as a potential gold medalist at this summer’s games. Orozco, who has been a gymnast since the age of seven, has been on the local and national radar since he dominated the junior division of the US National competition from 2007 to 2009. The rising star suffered a major setback the following year, however, when he tore his Achilles tendon while completing a vault performance at the 2010 US Nationals. He has since recovered and went on to have breakout year in 2011, when he was placed on the world team and helped earn a bronze victory.
Name: Sarah Groff
Hometown: Cooperstown, NY
For a country that has been credited with putting the modern-day triathlon event on the map, the US hasn’t fared very well in the event at the Olympics. With only one bronze Team USA win by Susan Williams in 2004, many are hoping Groff can change our nation’s record. Groff ran both cross country and track — and swam on the boy’s swim team — in high school. She was on the 2011 US National Triathlon team and is ranked sixth in the International Triathlon Union.
Check back tomorrow, when we get to know about two more of our New York Olympians competing in shooting and soccer.