OU gymnastics: Five Sooners qualify for Olympic Trials

Jake Dalton will be joined by fellow champions Jonathan Horton and Steve Legendre.
By RJ Young Published: June 19, 2012
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Of the 15 men who will compete at the Olympic Trials from June 28 to July 1 in San Jose, Calif., five are current or former OU gymnasts.

Jake Dalton, the 2012 NCAA all-around champion, will attend, along with four former OU gymnasts: 2008 Olympian Jonathan Horton, 2009 NCAA all-around champ Steve Legendre, Chris Brooks and Alex Naddour.

Legendre is looking forward to the team atmosphere and rooting for each of his teammates to perform well.

“I have every bit of confidence that at least a few of us are going to be on that team,” Legendre said. “It's kind of like a big family. The guys that make the team are obviously going to be happy, and the guys that don't make the team are going to be happy for those guys.”

At the trials, the two gymnasts with the highest combined all-around scores from the VISA Championships and Olympic Trials will automatically qualify for the Olympic team if those two gymnasts are among the top three in scoring on three of the apparatuses.

If no gymnast meets the automatic qualification criteria, the selection committee will name all five athletes and their alternates to the team.