Olympics-Emotional Orozco named on U.S. men's gymnastics team

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June 25 (Reuters) - An emotional John Orozco was named on the United States Olympic men's gymnastics team on Saturday after a difficult 17-month period in which he experienced the unexpected death of his mother and suffered a torn Achilles tendon.

The five-member selection committee picked Orozco, Chris Brooks, Jacob Dalton, Sam Mikulak and Alex Naddour from their performances at the Olympic trials in St Louis on Thursday and Saturday and the national championships earlier this month.

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Repeating their results from the U.S. championships, four-time national champion Mikulak (362.750), Brooks (358.075) and Dalton (356.525) claimed the top three places once again in the overall competition in St Louis.

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Jun 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; John Orozco and Alex Naddour and Jacob Dalton and Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks celebrate after being selected to the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Chaifetz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak, Alex Naddour, Jacob Dalton, Chris Brooks and John Orozco celebrate after being named to the U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team on day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Jacob Dalton and Chris Brooks celebrate with their teammate after being named to the U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak celebrates after being named to the U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: John Orozco competes on the pommel horse during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 23: Chris Brooks competes on the rings during day one of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 23, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Alex Naddour competes on the pommel horse during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: John Orozco competes on the rings during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Jun 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chris Brooks gestures after competing in the floor exercise during the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at Chaifetz Arena,. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Jacob Dalton competes on the high bar during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak competes on the pommel horse during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak competes in the floor exercise during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 23: John Orozco competes on the horizontal bar during day one of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 23, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - APRIL 28: USA men's Olympic gymnastics hopeful Sam Mikulak takes a breather during practice on Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Sam Mikulak competes on the high bar during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Jun 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chris Brooks blows chalk off his hands before competing during the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at Chaifetz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - APRIL 28: USA men's Olympic gymnastics hopeful John Orozco laughs with teammates during practice on Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - APRIL 28: USA men's Olympic gymnastics hopeful Sam Mikulak takes a breather during practice on Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Chris Brooks celebrates with his teammates after being named to the U.S. Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team during day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
John Orozco competes on the parallel bars during the U.S. men's national gymnastics championships in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Jun 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jacob Dalton competes on the pommel horse during the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at Chaifetz Arena,. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Sam Mikulak and Alex Naddour and Jacob Dalton and Chris Brooks and John Orozco celebrate after being selected to the 2016 USA Mens Gymnastics Olympic Team during the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at Chaifetz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chris Brooks competes on the horizontal bar during the 2016 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at Chaifetz Arena,. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The 23-year-old Orozco competed in four of the six events at the trials for the Aug. 5-21 Rio Olympics and finished second behind Brooks in the horizontal bar.

"I was the last name they called," Orozco said. "I thought I was going to stop breathing."

In June 2015, Orozco tore his right Achilles tendon for the second time in six years and the initial prognosis was he would be sidelined for 12 months.

His life had already been thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of his mother Damaris in Feb. 2015, considered by Orozco as his number one fan and 'best friend'.

"My Mom has been there the whole time and I know she was looking down on me, and she's so proud," said Orozco, who returned to competition in January.

The Rio Games will be the second Olympics for Orozco, who was part of an American team that finished fifth in the men's all-around competition in London four years ago. Orozco came eighth in the individual all-around event.

Brooks will be making his Olympic debut at 29. (Reporting by Tim Wharnsby; Editing by John O'Brien)

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