Horton talks to kids at Garner Elementary in Grand Prairie, Texas

DALLAS, May 21, 2009 — 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Jon Horton of Houston visited schools and gymnastics clubs in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to promote the 2009 Visa Championships, scheduled Aug. 12-15 at the American Airlines Center. Horton visited six schools and three clubs. He is pictured addressing a school assembly at Garner Elementary in Grand Prairie, Texas and gymnasts at U.S. Gold Gymnastics in Roanoke, Texas. All-session tickets for the Visa Championships are currently on sale.

Horton helped the U.S. Olympic men’s team win the bronze medal 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and brought home an individual silver medal on horizontal bar. A three-time team captain at the University of Oklahoma, Horton’s collegiate accomplishments include: 2006 NCAA all-around champion; Oklahoma records for career All-America honors (18) and career NCAA individual titles (six) – breaking marks previously held by two-time Olympic gold-medalist Bart Conner. Horton led the Sooners to three NCAA team titles (2005-06, 2008) and a second-place finish in 2007. In 2008, he was named USA Gymnastics’ Men’s Athlete of the Year and won the 2008 NCAA Nissen-Emery Award, which is given to the top male senior gymnast.

The 2009 Visa Championships will include competition in all five gymnastics disciplines: men’s and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. For more information, click here.

Jonathan Horton at U.S. Gold Gymnastics