HOUSTON – Fresh on the heels of Team USA’s silver medal Olympic performance last summer, the Olympians of tomorrow gather this week, May 4-8, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston for the 2005 Men’s Junior Olympic (J.O.) National Championships. Gymnasts will compete in three age groups for regional team, all-around and event final titles Thursday through Sunday in Exhibit Hall
Athletes to watch include 2004 J.O. champ Bryan Del Castillo* (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), who earned silver at the 2004 Junior Pan American Games in San Salvador. Del Castillo is also the current USA Junior National Champion.
Also on hand, last year’s Level 9 J.O. champion Philip Onorato (Plano, Texas). Onorato, now a Level 10 (age 14-15) competitor, earned still ring and vault titles at this meet last year and earlier this month helped the U.S. team to a silver medal at the Stella Zakharova Cup in Kiev, Ukraine.