U.S. Olympian Jake Dalton Looks Forward To Next Olympics
Forging the path for his horizontal bar teammates Jonathan Horton and Danell Leyva, U.S. male gymnast and first-time Olympian Jake Dalton, 20, finished fifth in his own individual event, the floor exercise competition, at the 2012 London Olympic events Sunday night.
The main problem with Dalton's performance was that his competition was not scored based on very high standards, making it difficult for him to achieve competitive scores. "I knew I'd have to be basically perfect, with my start value and the other guys' start values that hit today," Nevada native Dalton said, reports the Reno Gazette Journal. "To get a medal it would've been amazing. It would've had to have been pretty perfect."
When the difficulty of the contestant's chosen routine increases, so does the possible high score, which was taken in the floor exercise event by China's Zou Kai at 15.933. "I've done routines that would've been close before," Dalton acknowledged. But he wasn't letting the loss get him down. "I'll take fifth in the world," he said, echoing the sentiments of his Team USA gymnastic partner, Danell Leyva. "Things didn't turn out as planned, but that's okay," said Leyva. "We're just going to use this as fuel."
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