John Orozco was named as the replacement for Danell Leyva on the U.S. gymnastics team going to the World Championships next month, USA Gymnastics announced.
Orozco, the 2012 U.S. all-around champion, was one of three alternates considered for the opening on the six-man team after Leyva withdrew Monday, citing a lingering shoulder injury.
“I am honored to be representing USA at World Championships this year and I wish Danell Johan Leyva a speedy recovery,” was posted on Orozco’s social media accounts.
Orozco finished fourth in the all-around at last weekend’s National Championships in Hartford, Conn., in his first full, six-event competition since tearing an ACL and a meniscus in his left knee in October.
USA Gymnastics picked six men after nationals for the World Championships team. Orozco was the highest-ranked all-around finisher of the men who were not picked. Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, was seventh in the all-around at nationals.
Orozco, 20, joins a U.S. team led by fellow Olympian Sam Mikulak, who ran away with the all-around title in Hartford. Also on the team is Olympian Jake Dalton and previous World Championships team members Alex Naddour, Brandon Wynn and Steven Legendre.
There is no team event at the World Championships, which begin Sept. 30. Orozco is a candidate for medals on high bar and parallel bars. It remains to be seen if Orozco will be one of two U.S. competitors in the all-around. It would be a surprise if Mikulak is not one of the two. Orozco placed fifth in the all-around at the 2011 World Championships and eighth at the 2012 Olympics.
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Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best snowboarders in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night.
Snowboard big air riders will descend from a jump that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
The finalists include U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg and women’s Winter X Games champion Spencer O’Brien of Canada. U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.
Snowboard big air, like slopestyle except riders get one jump per run, will debut at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018.
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The World Anti-Doping Agency says Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code.
WADA says an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code.
WADA says it asked Kenyan authorities to show commitment to setting up a national anti-doping agency, but “we have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”
Although being declared non-compliant is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, it would be another embarrassment for the East African country, which is under severe scrutiny for its doping record.
WADA expects a decision on Kenya’s status in a few weeks.
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