Emotions Take Over As Brooks Earns Olympic Berth
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An alternate four years ago, Chris Brooks found himself in an emotional state when he was named one of five gymnasts for the U.S. team heading to this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I just started crying a little bit,” said the 29-year-old Brooks when the team was announced on June 25 at the conclusion of the U.S. men’s Olympic Trials in St. Louis. “I don't even cry…but it started to come out a little bit.”

Brooks, who finished second overall at the trials, was one of three alternates on the U.S. team at the 2012 London Games. He was in the starting lineup of the fourth-place U.S, team at the 2010 World Championships and the fifth-place U.S. team at the 2015 Worlds, and an alternate for the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 2011 Worlds. Injuries hampered him in 2013 and 2014.

“Every time a new injury came along I was like, ‘Can I even keep going? Can I even make it to 2016?’" Brooks said. “But just put your head down and work hard in silence and let your gymnastics show off.”

Read coverage of the 2016 P&G Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials (men and women) in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe, click here.

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