For decade women’s gymnastics has been a shinning beacon of Olympic status for UNited states. As millions tune in to watch the glamour girl athletes in leotards perform the hardest sport in physical precision. When these U.S. women bring home a medal, these celebrity status goes through the roof.
Then there are the U.S. men. Though the men have won a team bronze and silver at the previous two Olympics, their accomplishments seem to dissolve as quickly as a cloud of chalk. They coat their hands, clap hard, then — poof — it’s gone.
However, this summer might be different. This could be the deepest U.S. men’s team since 1984, when a squad led byPeter Vidmar, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett and Mitch Gaylord won the team gold. And it could be one of the most memorable teams, as well, full of characters with compelling life stories.