John Orozco tearfully thinks of his mom after making Olympic team (video)

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The tears streamed down John Orozco‘s face. He was thinking of everything he came back from. He was thinking of his mom.

Orozco came back from a tragic 2015, the loss of his mother and a potentially career-ending injury, to make his second Olympic team on Saturday night.

“After the past year and a half I’ve had, and all the people that doubted me, I finally found the strength within myself,” a crying Orozco told Andrea Joyce on NBC. “My mom was there the whole time. I know she’s looking down on me, and she’s so proud.”

Orozco’s mother, Damaris, used to drive him daily from the Bronx to the hamlet Chappaqua for gymnastics practice, usually more than an hour away with traffic.

After meets, Orozco would always find his phone flooded with texts from her, even if she wasn’t in attendance.

Damaris suffered from health problems including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She died in February 2015.

Then, on June 15, 2015, Orozco tore his right Achilles for a second time. A doctor told him he’d be out about one year. Orozco cut that timetable in half.

He was in a precarious position going into the Olympic Trials this past week, after placing 10th in the all-around at the P&G Championships three weeks ago.

Orozco delivered on his best events — high bar and parallel bars — and was sturdy enough on pommel horse to earn a Rio berth.

“If you can hear me mom,” Orozco said, “I love you.”

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Helen Maroulis to miss world championships, eyes still on defending Olympic title

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Helen Maroulis, the lone U.S. female wrestler to win an Olympic title, sat out this past weekend’s world team trials, which means she will not compete at the world championships in September.

Maroulis is working her way back from blowing out her right shoulder in a first-round loss at worlds on Oct. 24, after she returned from a concussion. She underwent surgery in November and was cleared to return earlier this spring before tweaking the shoulder again.

Maroulis said Friday she was cleared again to compete at trials but chose rest, recovery and her long-term health given what happened in 2018.

“It’s not coming from a place of fear,” she said. “I’m just not ready yet.

“If trials were end of June, everything would be perfect. I’m still feeling good and confident for 2020.”

As Maroulis stressed at 2018 Worlds, she prioritizes health over wrestling.

“Not just for myself, but to set an example because I get a lot of messages from kids on Instagram — I have a concussion, or my teammate has a concussion.” Maroulis said in October. “There’s this wrestler mindset to just push through — you’re the toughest, find a way to win. But there’s just a lot more to it.”

Maroulis, 27, put together one of the most dominant stretches in sport from 2015-17, going 78-1 overall among three different weight classes and going unscored upon at two world championships.

In between, she beat Saori Yoshida in the Rio Olympic 53kg final, preventing the Japanese legend from a record fourth Olympic title.

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Ex-partner of deceased figure skater John Coughlin says she was abused

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the former skating partners of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin has accused him in a series of social media posts of sexually assaulting her over a 2-year period.

Bridget Namiotka said on Facebook that Coughlin, who died by suicide in January, hurt “at least 10 people including me.” She skated with Coughlin from 2004, when she was 14, through the 2007 season.

Namiotka’s attorney confirmed to The Associated Press that the comments were made by her.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Figure Skating had given Coughlin, who became a coach and TV commentator after his retirement, an interim suspension for unspecified conduct. He was barred from attending events and activities sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Coughlin was found dead Jan. 18 at his father’s home in Kansas City, Missouri.