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Gymnast: Jonathan Horton

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Gymnast Jonathan Horton on Parallel Bars

Jonathan Horton on the parallel bars

© Al Bello / Getty Images

Jonathan Horton is a two-time national champion, and a two-time Olympian, in 2008 and 2012.

The London Games:

Horton had a rough start to the 2012 Olympics, with falls on both parallel bars and pommel horse in the qualifying competition. He rallied to qualify into the high bar finals, though, and earned sixth place there.

Horton also helped the team qualify in first into the team finals. The US team had a disappointing day in finals, however, and ended up in fifth overall.

A Storybook Olympics in Beijing:

Horton had the meet of his life in the team finals at the Beijing Games. He stuck his handspring double front vault, as well as his dismounts on high bar and floor. In the end, the US men took a surprise bronze medal.

Later, Horton earned a silver on high bar, the only individual event medal for the American men's program.

The Trickster:

Horton is sometimes called “X-Games” for the extreme skills he throws on the competition floor. He attempted a mind-boggling dismount at the 2007 Winter Cup: a full-twisting triple back. He has also competed a triple twisting double layout dismount off high bar, as well as full-twisting Kovacs (at :22) and layout Kovacs (at :28) release moves.

Legendary in the NCAA:

Horton competed for the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a record six NCAA individual titles. He was named the 2008 Nissen-Emery Award winner, given to the country’s best senior gymnast.

As a sophomore, Horton won the NCAA all-around title in 2006, and he was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008. In total, Horton captured 18 All-America honors during his career, another OU record.

Personal Info:

Born on December 31, 1985 in Houston, TX, Horton is the son of Al and Margo Horton. He has an older sister Margo, and a Pomeranian dog named Harley. He’s married to Haley Deprospero, also a former University of Oklahoma student. The couple had a son, David Travis, on June 24, 2013.

Gymnastics Results:

International:

  • 2012 Olympic Games: 5th team; 6th high bar
  • 2011 World Championships: 3rd team; 7th rings
  • 2011 Japan Cup: 2nd team
  • 2011 American Cup: 1st all-around
  • 2010 World Championships: 4th team; 3rd all-around
  • 2010 American Cup: 2nd all-around
  • 2009 World Championships: 8th high bar
  • 2008 Olympic Games: 3rd team; 9th all-around; 2nd high bar
  • 2008 Tyson American Cup: 5th all-around
  • 2007 World Championships: 4th team; 4th all-around
  • 2007 Tyson American Cup: 1st all-around
  • 2006 Tyson American Cup: 1st all-around
  • 2005 Pan American Games: 1st team
  • 2003 Pan American Games: 3rd team; 4th all-around

National:

  • 2012 US Olympic Trials: 3rd all-around: 1st rings; 2nd parallel bars; 5th high bar
  • 2012 Visa Championships (US nationals): 4th all-around; 1st rings; 5th parallel bars; 3rd high bar
  • 2011 Visa Championships (US nationals): 2nd all-around; 3rd floor; 3rd rings; 3rd vault; 4th parallel bars; 5th high bar
  • 2010 Visa Championships (US nationals): 1st all-around; 3rd floor; 2nd rings; 4th vault; 5th parallel bars
  • 2009 Visa Championships (US nationals): 1st all-around; 2nd floor; 1st rings; 4th vault; 5th parallel bars; 1st high bar
  • 2008 US Olympic Trials: 1st all-around; 2nd floor; 2nd rings; 5th vault; 4th parallel bars; 4th high bar
  • 2008 Visa Championships (US nationals): 2nd all-around; 2nd rings; 3rd floor
  • 2008 NCAA Championships: 1st team; 2nd all-around; 1st rings; 4th parallel bars
  • 2008 Winter Cup: 3rd rings
  • 2007 Visa Championships (US nationals): 6th all-around; 4th rings; 4th parallel bars
  • 2007 NCAA Championships: 2nd team; 2nd all-around; 1st floor; 3rd rings; 1st high bar
  • 2007 Winter Cup: 2nd floor
  • 2006 Visa Championships (US nationals): 2nd all-around; 1st floor; 4th rings; 3rd high bar
  • 2006 NCAA Championships: 1st all-around; 1st floor; 1st rings
  • 2006 Winter Cup: 2nd all-around; 3rd floor; 3rd rings; 3rd high bar
  • 2005 Visa Championships (US nationals): 5th all-around; 5th floor; 5th vault
  • 2005 NCAA Championships: 1st team; 3rd all-around; 4th floor; 3rd high bar
  • 2005 Winter Cup: 1st floor; 4th vault
  • 2003 National Championships (Jr. Division): 1st all-around

 

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