USA Gymnastics rules stipulate that an athlete must be 16 or older in the year the Olympics are held in order to participate. The 2012 Olympics were a close call for two of the top names in Pittsburgh this week.
“People think gymnastics, and they think little girls in leotards, powerful and graceful, and they forget about our side,” said Jonathan Horton, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist who, at 28, is the oldest competitor at this week’s U.S. championships.
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