After placing eighth all-around at this summer's Olympic Games in London, U.S. all-around champion John Orozco told IG that his starring role in Gym Class Heroes' video for "The Fighter" is helping inspire him toward new challenges.
John Orozco (U.S.)
"To me the whole message of the video was that everybody's going to have ups and downs in life, and you have to fight through some adversity somehow," said Orozco of the video, which earned a nomination as "Best Video with a Message" at last month's MTV Video Music Awards. "No matter what it is in life, you keep fighting until the end and make sure you don't let anything keep you down."
Currently performing in the Kellogg's Gymnastics Tour of Champions, Orozco said the video is helping him look ahead after his less-than-perfect performance in London.
"You have to get right back up from wherever you fell, just brush it off and go after it again, whether it's school, a sport or life in general," said Orozco, who turns 20 on Dec. 30. "Life's always going to knock you down. You just have to get up and keep fighting."
Orozco, whose attendance at the VMAs was among several public appearances he has enjoyed since London, said he is still getting accustomed to his status as a role model in and out of the gym.
"I try to walk down the street like I'm regular me, and someone comes up to me and says, "Oh, you're really inspirational,'" Orozco told IG. "And I'm like, 'Oh yeah, I forgot about that!'"
Read an in-depth profile on Orozco in the November 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to IG magazine, click here.
For more on the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, click here.
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