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This Tearful Thank You By A Latino Gymnast Will Make You Hug Your Parents

American gymnast John Orozco has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the last few years.


After a disappointing performance at the 2012 Olympic Games…

Orozco and the United States men’s gymnastics team, picked as one of the favorites to medal at the London games, finished fifth in the Men’s all-around competition.


The Boricua gymnast from The Bronx, New York vowed to return to the 2016 Olympic games.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? -Robert H. Schuller #FollowYourDreams #DreamBig #GoForIt

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But in early 2015, Orozco lost his mother, who had been battling health problems for several years.

#HappyMothersDay #LoveYou

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Orozco’s mother was his biggest supporter. He told NBC that she used to drive him from the Bronx to a small town named Chappaqua so he could practice gymnastics.

#Tbt to my parents wedding day. #HappyAnniversary #38Years

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Orozco also said that his mother called him so often to check in, that after she died, he reflexively expects to get calls from her after competitions.


Despite his personal loss, Orozco continued to pursue his Olympic dream. But he suffered another setback: he tore his achilles tendon.

How bad is an achilles tear? It’s the injury that effectively ended Kobe Bryant’s career. Orozco posted an old photo on Instagram of a previous achilles injury and wrote, “Keep your faith because your hard work will pay off in the end.”


Doctors told Orozco that he would be out of commission for a year. He returned to gymnastics after six months.

Orozco told NBC that he wallowed in his misery for a while. Once it got old, he was ready to move on: “I think it’s OK to acknowledge that sometimes life isn’t fair and you want to cry and curl up in a corner and disappear … It’s necessary to soak in the sadness. Then it’s like, ‘OK, I had my little pity party, let’s get back on track.'”


At this year’s Olympic trials, the 21-year-old showed he is back to his old self:

Credit: Team USA / Twitter
CREDIT: Credit: Team USA / Twitter

If there were any doubts about his Achilles, Orozco silenced them with landings like this one:

Credit: Team USA / Twitter
CREDIT: Credit: Team USA / Twitter

When Orozco learned he had qualified for this year’s team, he broke down.

Credit: Team USA / YouTube
CREDIT: Credit: Team USA / YouTube

He told NBC’s Andrea Joyce that he couldn’t have made it without his mother.

Credit: Team USA / YouTube
CREDIT: Credit: Team USA / YouTube

“My mom was there the whole time. I know she’s looking down on me, and she’s so proud.”

Orozco later took to Instagram to celebrate his achievement.

“The first time my dreams came true and the second time.” Orozco included the hashtags #transformationtuesday and #thefighter.


Watch the full interview @ Team USA.


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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the champions after 32 years. The bizarre year of Covid and social distancing was also a year of wins for Los Angeles after both the Lakers and Dodgers bring home the championships. The city was alive with energy after the historic and wonderful win.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the new World Series champions.

The baseball team has not won a World Series championship since 1988. This year, after a long 32-year drought, the Dodgers broke that curse and delivered LA a win during the time of Covid. The Dodgers went against the Tampa Bay Rays and battled it out in a nerve-wracking and nail-biting World Series.

Of course, there is a lot of love being showered on the Latino players.

Latinos are a major part of the Dodgers and their fanbase is huge. There is a reason that the nickname of the Dodgers is Los Doyers. There are four Latino pitchers on the Dodgers and they made themselves crucial parts of the team this season leading the team to the championship.

The Dodgers triumphed over the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series on Game 6. The teams kept battling it out for the first four games with the Dodgers winning the first and third. The Tampa Bay Rays won the second and fourth. Yet, the Dodgers came through at the end with victories in the fifth and sixth game to clinch the title.

The story overpowering the coverage of the Dodgers’ World Series win is Justin Turner.

The third baseman tested positive for Covid-19 during the game and was removed when the test came back positive. However, when the Dodgers won the sixth game, Turner ran onto the field without a mask. He was photographed holding the trophy, posing with the team for photos, and even taking selfies without wearing a mask.

It is a clear violation of Covid guidelines for the MLB. According to reports, officials sent security to remove Turner from the field because he was breaking safety guidelines. He allegedly refused to leave the field.

Fans have a lot of questions about how Turner caught Covid since the league was supposed to be operating in a bubble.

The MLB has had issues with some teams dealing with Covid infections but it had been a while since one had happened. Turner was tested the day before the game but it came back inconclusive, a pretty common issues with Covid testing right now. Turner was then tested before the game and when the results came back positive in the second inning, Turner was immediately removed.

The MLB has launched an investigation into Turner’s outright refusal to comply with Covid safety guidelines.

“Following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,’’ the Commissioner’s Office said in a statement. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.’’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The World Series is still happening despite Covid because baseball just can’t be held down. The Dodgers are playing their first World Series game today and fans are so excited to finally get some more baseball in their lives.

The World Series is here and Los Dodgers are playing their first game.

Baseball is America’s pastime and few teams have a fanbase as energized as The Dodgers. Ask any Dodgers fans about how difficult it is to get to the stadium and their commitment to the team is clear. It is not anywhere accessible by public transportation so you really have to want it.

People are super energized to celebrate and support their team.

The Dodgers made it to the championship game against the Houston Astros in 2017. The Dodgers lost to the Astros that year but three years later the Astros had the title stripped because of a cheating scandal. Now, The Dodgers have a chance to make win a title and Dodgers fans are excited to see it happen.

Even the furry fans are getting excited about the games.

It’s a fact that if a team has furry fans then they have the best fanbase. Who doesn’t want to end up at a stadium or party with these cute fluffers walking around in their Dodgers’ gear? These four-legged fans are better than child fans because they are going to get everyone’s spirits up.

The team has a lot of big names behind them cheering them on.

Los Angeles is home to some of the top celebrities and athletes. It must be nice to know that some of the most influential people are out there pushing for you to make it all the way. Bonus points if they are other athletes who know just how exciting and hard it is to compete at the elite level.

Let’s go, Dodgers!

The Dodgers play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 5:11 PST. Be sure to tune in and cheer for your favorite baseball team as they try for the championship again.

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