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Orozco Leads U.S. Winter Cup Challenge
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U.S. world team member John Orozco took the top spot Thursday at the Winter Cup Challenge, a men's national reranking competition held in Las Vegas.

U.S. world team member John Orozco took the top spot Thursday at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas.

Orozco edged Chris Brooks, 89.350-89.200, on the first day of competition.

"I want to finish the meet knowing that I did the best I can do," said Orozco, a member of the U.S. men's bronze medal-winning team at the 2011 Worlds. "I'm ready to do better on Saturday."

World parallel bars champion Danell Leyva, the U.S. national champion, is in third after swallowing an 11.550 on pommel horse.

Brandon Wynn and Steven Legendre took fourth and fifth, respectively. 2008 U.S. champion David Sender impressed with his comeback, finishing sixth with the top score on vault.

Former world and Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm competed four events, finishing 56th with scores of 13.900 on floor exercise, 13.050 on pommel horse, 15.400 on vault and 13.400 on parallel bars.

Competition concludes Saturday. Click here for detailed results from the competition, and click here for videos on USA Gymnastics' YouTube channel.

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Trev said:

We're cheering for you, Paul!!
Good but rough ice breaker for the Olympic champ!! None the less, nice to see him competing again. We're cheering for you, Paul!!!! Make that damn team! Also, Orozco is the next BIG star for USA, amazing athlete!
February 03, 2012
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