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Jonathan Horton is a gymnast competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. He is the 2010 world all-around bronze medalist and a two-time U.S. all-around champion (2009 and 2010).

Jonathan Horton is the only returning U.S. gymnast (man or woman) from the 2008 Olympic Team. Despite shaky performances at the Olympic Trials, his third-place all-around finish, leadership, and experience were enough to earn him a trip to London.

Horton helped Team USA claim bronze at Worlds in Tokyo behind China and Japan. The surprise — he did not qualify for the all-around finals after teammates John Orozco and Danell Leyva posted higher scores in qualifying. Despite his disappointment, it may have been a blessing in disguise for Horton, who upon returning home discovered he had torn a ligament in his left foot on vault during team finals. Horton underwent surgery on Oct. 20. After physical therapy, he was able to train a few events even with a screw in his foot. Horton got the screw removed on February 7 and began fully training all six events on April 11.

Horton broke his thumb in December 2010, and was out for nearly two months, but was able to recover in time to win his third American Cup title in March 2011. At Nationals, he was unable to win a third-straight all-around title as Danell Leyva claimed gold in St. Paul. Horton closed the gap to one-tenth of a point with only three rotations remaining, but then missed a release on his signature event (high bar) and lost the title to Leyva.

One of Horton's biggest goals at the 2012 London Olympic is a team gold medal. While China and Japan are heavily favored for the top two spots on the podium, Horton is optimistic about the talented American team. "We've got more talent right now than we've ever had. We can be the best team in the world and we know it."

Horton is known for his daredevil mentality, but in 2011, began focusing on fine-tuning his skills and not just going for the 'wow factor.' "I've always been known as the trickster and I finally feel like I'm doing routines that are nice to watch," Horton said.

While Horton was thrilled to win his first World all-around medal in 2010 (bronze), he always aims higher. "I don't go to a meet happy with second or third," he said. "It gives me confidence to know I belong there and that I can compete with the best guys in the world, but I'm going to keep training and doing what I can until I have that top spot."

He continued to compete after the busy 2008 Olympic season and won his first U.S. all-around title in 2009, however, by the world championships, his unpreparedness caught up with him and he was unable to win a world all-around medal. Learning from that experience, Horton was fully prepared for the 2010 season in which he defended his U.S. title and won the sought after world all-around medal, at bronze at 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam.

Horton graduated from the University of Oklahoma in spring 2009 with a degree in business administration. He married Haley DeProspero on June 20, 2009. His father, Al, is an engineer and his mother, Margo, a realtor. Horton has an older sister, Margo, who is a dance instructor. After his gymnastics career, Horton would like to open a gym or become a stuntman.

Horton led the U.S. team to a surprise bronze medal with an impressive performance featuring a stuck double front on vault and a triple-twisting double layout off of high bar. He finished ninth in the all-around, but was just four tenths shy of a silver medal. He got that silver on high bar, where he gambled with a much harder routine — and it paid off.

Horton, competing for the University of Oklahoma, won five NCAA titles, including the 2006 all-around crown. In 2007, he won individual titles on his best events: high-bar and floor exercise.

As a child, Horton often displayed fearlessness, whether it was riding an electric garage door all the way the top, climbing a pole to the ceiling at a Target store or doing back flips on his parents' bed. Now, he's a self-proclaimed fast driver and is into anything that "gives me a rush." Horton is known for his daring high bar routine.


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Age: 30 years old
Birthday: December 31, 1985
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Full Name / Real Name: Jonathan Alan Horton
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Current Residence: Houston, TX
Wife: Haley DeProspero

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