Jonathan Horton Video Interview, U.S. Olympic Gymnast
Jonathan Horton already won a silver medal at 2008’s Beijing game for the horizontal bar, and this time around in London, Horton has his eye on the gold. At 26, Horton is something of a veteran of the sport, having already won numerous medals in a variety of events, and while he didn't claim the gold medal he was after, he added more valuable experience to his strong gymnastics resume.
“This time I just know what to expect at the Olympics… I mean, I had watched the games on TV before, but there is nothing that can prepare you for actually going through it and being in the mix of everything,” Horton said in our exclusive interview before the London Olympics.
Horton, who is a Texas native, is often praised for his daringness in competitions, and apparently he developed this quality in his youth. “I mean, the main reason I got into gymnastics is just because I was kind of a crazy kid. I’d even go as far as saying I was kind of psychotic. I did some crazy stuff that made my parents put me in it when I was four years old like I rode a garage door to the ceiling one time, I climbed a pole in the middle of a Target, I used to jump off the roof when my parents weren’t watching.”
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- Q: What superfoods are you eating to prepare for the Olympics and what will you splurge on afterwards? - Uinterview User
- A: Before a competition, I just like to eat really light, pretty healthy. I particularly just have a sandwich, no cheese or anything like that, usually chicken. I eat a lot of chicken, maybe egg whites, nothing crazy, no secrets with me. After a competition is over, I love to have a huge pizza. There is nothing better than just having a supreme pizza, and just eating like, I don’t know, I could probably eat all of it after a competition is over.
- Q: Do you have a morning ritual to prepare yourself before an event? - Uinterview User
- A: In the morning before a competition, the main thing that I like to do is visualize. I don’t change too much about my day. I eat the same, I try to get the same amount of sleep, but I make sure I go through all my routines in my head as soon as I get up. It just kind of focuses me, gets me in the zone, and mentally prepares my mind for what is about to happen in the day. I go through all six of the events, see myself being successful — landing, sticking my dismounts, and it just helps me feel better before the meet.
- Q: How will the 2012 Olympics in London compare to 2008 in Beijing? - Uinterview User
- A: This time I just know what to expect at the Olympics. Before, I remember stepping off the airplane in Beijing and just not understanding how big the event actually was. I mean, I had watched the games on TV before, but there is nothing that can prepare you for actually going through it and being in the mix of everything. And now that I know what to expect, I think I can kind of sit back, soak it all in a little more and just really enjoy the experience, because I think last time it happened so fast, it was just like a whirlwind. I don’t think I really enjoyed it as much as I could have.
- Q: Was there anything in your childhood that prepared you for a career in gymnastics? - Uinterview User
- A: I mean, the main reason I got into gymnastics is just because I was kind of a crazy kid. I’d even go as far as saying I was kind of psychotic. I did some crazy stuff that made my parents put me in it when I was four years old — like, I rode a garage door to the ceiling one time, I climbed a pole in the middle of a Target, I used to jump off the roof when my parents weren’t watching. I just did all kinds of crazy stuff and got into the sport. It was just a perfect fit for me. I was just always that trickster — I always went for the big skills that nobody else ever did, and I think because of that mentality, because I was willing to go for the big stuff, I think that’s why I’ve gotten to where I am today and why I’ve had so much success.
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