Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Gymnast Brandon Wynn could soon earn a bid to the 2012 Olympic Games. Read the full story on page 12.
Promising prospects By Melissa Yerkov Wire Executive Editor
He’s traveled the globe competing against some of the top gymnasts in the world. He’s been named to the United States Senior Men’s National Team four times and he could soon earn a bid to the 2012 Olympics in London. Yes, Brandon Wynn has come a long way in the world of gymnastics. And it all started in Voorhees, N.J.
States in the World Championships, held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he finished tenth overall on rings — the highest place by a U.S. athlete. “Anything out of the country is extremely exciting,” explained Wynn. “It’s crazy because you have a chance to see different culture. I love international competition. I had an opportunity to go to the World Cham-
I want to be on that 2012 Olympic team. That’s why I wake up everyday. That’s why I train hard. — Brandon Wynn
A native of Voorhees and product of Eastern High School, Wynn is currently a senior at Ohio State University. A four-year competitor for the Buckeyes, Wynn is a six-time All-American athlete who has claimed two consecutive NCAA championship crowns on the still rings during that time. “I’m so happy that I’m at Ohio State and I have an opportunity to be with a college team. I would love to continue to be part of that,” said Wynn, who also served as team co-captain for the past two years. “I want to be a part of this team and I want to continue in the sport afterwards.” Wynn was recently selected to the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team for the fourth consecutive time. He currently holds two National Championship titles in still rings (2010 and ’11) and two NCAA Championship titles in the same event. Wynn has traveled the world, competing in some of the most renowned tournaMELISSA YERKOV / WIRE PHOTO ments in the sport of The Voorhees Town Center, gymnastics. located at the intersection of In 2010, he Somerdale and Burnt Mill Roads, represented the United
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pionships in 2010 and it was a great experience.” As far as his U.S. credentials are concerned, Wynn won a national medal on rings during the 2010 VISA Championships in Harford, Conn. in Aug. 2010. He is slated to compete in PHOTO COURTESY OF OHIO STATE BUCKEYES the 2012 VISA Championships, which will take place from June 7 through 9. Brandon Wynn, a senior at Ohio State University, is a six“I think the USA Championships are time All-American who has claimed two NCAA championthe biggest meet, and definitely the most fun,” Wynn explained. “You have fans ship crowns on the still rings with the Buckeyes. from all over and your family is there, for gymnastics.” which is fun. It’s exciting.” Although gymnastics has always been Wynn’s first These days, Wynn continues to call Columbus, love — he’s been competing since age seven — he Ohio, his home, however, does try and visit his old has a plethora of other hobbies that helps offset the stomping grounds as often as possible. He is now the demanding workload of a champion athlete. official spokesperson for Hollywood Tans, which has “You have to find balance. You have to have fun locations throughout South Jersey including Cherry and do different things to mix it up so it doesn’t Hill, Voorhees, Delran and Glassboro among others. get boring,” he explained. “I love to be outside no “It’s awesome. When me and my agent heard matter what. I love to run. I love taking the top and about it, we were extremely excited,” said Wynn doors off my jeep and driving around. Being outside of his new spokesman responsibilities. “It’s really a is a huge thing to me. I love breathing fresh air.” great thing. It’ll be nice to see a lot of my old friends Trials for the 2012 Olympic Games in London too.” will not be complete until the summer, and Wynn Wynn explained that he is unable to return home still has a few tournaments scheduled in the meanas often as he’d like to, due to his grueling training time. The local hopeful won’t know anything for schedule. The gymnastics guru hits the gym twice a sure for a few months, but in the meantime, he’ll day all year round, continuously enduring intense preparing for the chance of a lifetime — an opportuworkouts and training. nity to compete in the Olympics Games. “I’m definitely training hard and giving it my all. “I want to be on that 2012 Olympic team. That’s The most challenging part is you want to train and why I wake up everyday,” said Wynn. “That’s why I it’s obviously extremely hard, but everything has to train hard. I want to help USA achieve their goals. I be on point —your diet, your health,” said Wynn. want to see U.S. gymnastics get to where it wants to “Everything you do every single day is 100-percent be and I’ll do whatever I can do to help that.”
Brandon Wynn, U.S. National Gymnast and Hollywood Tans Tan-bassador (Spokesperson), is featured on the cover of the Vorhees section of Wire...