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Horton Ready to 'Push Uchimura' for American Cup Victory
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Preparing for this week's Winter Cup, world all-around bronze medalist Jonathan Horton (U.S.) told IG he hopes to fully recover from a recent thumb injury to challenge world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura (Japan) for the American Cup title next month.

U.S. champion Jonathan Horton is preparing for the American Cup, where he will face two-time world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan.

"My goals are definitely different for each meet," said Horton, who finished second at both the 2010 Winter Cup and 2010 American Cup. "Recently I broke my thumb on parallel bars and I haven't been able to train routines like I want to. My thumb should be totally fine by the time American Cup rolls around, but I am only planning on doing rings at Winter Cup."

The Winter Cup, taking place Feb. 2-5 in Las Vegas, is a ranking and national team selection meet for the U.S. men's team. The A T&T American Cup, taking place in Jacksonville, is a World Cup meet with a roster that includes the top eight all-around finishers at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam.

"My goal at American Cup is certainly to have a great competition and push Kohei Uchimura for the win," Horton said.

Horton said he is not intimidated by Uchimura, who earned comfortable victories at both the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.

"I am very honest with myself about how difficult he is to beat, but I never enter a competition for second, and I want to win," said Horton, the 2009 and 2010 U.S. all-around champion.

Horton said finishing third behind Uchimura and Germany's Philipp Boy in Rotterdam has helped him assess the improvements he needs to make by this fall's worlds in Tokyo.

"I have one thing I need to focus on — execution!" Horton told IG. "When you put my Start Values up against any other all-arounder in the world, I have a higher Start Value or the same. I'm not totally sure, but I think Kohei actually only has a one- or two-tenths higher all-around Start Value than me, and I have upgraded my routines big-time. That being said, it's pretty obvious that Uchimura's success is not only because he has great difficulty but he is super clean. I need to get to that level."

Jonathan Horton is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
December 2010 – 2010 World Championships special issue
September 2010 – 2010 U.S. Championships coverage
April 2010 – 2010 American Cup coverage
December 2009 – 2009 World Championships special issue
October 2009 – cover photo, 2009 U.S. Championships coverage
December 2008 – cover photo, "American Idol" (profile)
October 2008 – 2008 Olympic Games special issue
July/August 2008 – 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and U.S. Championships coverage
April 2008 – 2008 American Cup coverage
September 2007 – 2007 World Championships preview
July/August 2007 – "Lessons Learned" (profile)
May 2007 – 2007 NCAA Championships coverage
April 2007 – 2007 American Cup coverage
October 2006 – 2006 U.S. Championships coverage
May 2006 – cover photo, 2006 NCAA Championships coverage
May 2005 – 2005 NCAA Championships coverage

To order back issues, click here.

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