Olympic gymnastics hopeful concerned about hometown

9:53 PM, Jul 9, 2012   |    comments
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SAN JOSE -- U.S. gymnast John Orozco trains and lives in Colorado Springs and when he returns from this weekend's Olympic trials in San Jose, he wonders what he will find.

"The air is pretty bad," Orozco said. "I went downtown and I couldn't breathe. The ashes and air was getting in my eyes. I'm praying for rain to come to wash it away."

With the London Games beginning in 29 days, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said Thursday he didn't think "fire will have a material impact on the readiness of the team."

With the track and field, swimming and gymnastics trials taking place outside Colorado Springs, 18 athletes from four sports - shooting, wrestling, fencing and modern pentathlon - are currently residing at the training center, Blackmun said.

About 40 USOC employees were evacuated from their Colorado Springs homes. Blackmun said the USOC is still evaluating how that might impact staffing in London.

"I thought it would be contained right now but it isn't," Orozco said. "There's a lot of things going on in Colorado Springs right now. I'm praying for them. When I get back hopefully I'll see if there's something I can do."

(USA Today)

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