(WMC-TV) - You saw him on the world stage just two months ago at the London Olympic Games. And now he is headed to the Mid-South.
John Orozco, USA Olympic gymnast, will be in Memphis performing Saturday. The 19-year-old became an instant celebrity on the world stage competing in the men's gymnastics all around.
"Stepping on the arena floor for the first time in the first competition was a moment I'll never forget," he said.
The Bronxville New York native trained rigorously in Colorado year-round, but he admits his mental game plan fell short.
"Before I went into the competition, I was really nervous," he said. "I couldn't stop shaking, I just couldn't control it."
The athlete says he learned he had to prepare both physically and mentally ahead of time.
He finished 8th in London, and is focused on doing better in 2016.
In the meantime, he is in Memphis on the Kellogg's tour of Gymnastic Champions with a show at the FedEx forum this Saturday. He says he is having fun, more relaxed, and enjoys his status as a role model – while breaking down racial barriers.
"If I can inspire a few African American kids growing up thinking that since it is not a predominant African American sport, I don't want them to have that mindset at all," Orozco said.