Jonathan Horton Retires From Gymnastics, Focusing On Development Of New Gym

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Jonathan Horton has announced his retirement from gymnastics, according to the Houston Chronicle. The two-time Olympic medalist has been a mainstay in the world of men's gymnastics for over a decade.

In 2016, Horton's goal was to qualify for the Rio Olympic team, which would've been his third Games, but he was sidelined by rotator cuff surgery. After initially hoping to return for the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, Horton has decided that moving on from training is in his best interest.

"I was hurt every single year for six years after never being hurt once," Horton told the newspaper. "It was a matter of my body telling me that we need to be done."

Horton fell just short of a gold medal on high bar at the 2008 Olympics, but he can still retire knowing that he put it all out there.

I would love to have won a gold medal, but I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish. I left nothing out there. I gave it all I had, and I don't live my life by regrets.
Horton is still very invested in the sport he loves and already has plans underway for staying involved through a proposed plan to create a new training devoted to an elite men's program. The new 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot gym would be an extension of Horton's home club, Cypress Gymnastics, owned by Aaron Basham. 

"We hope it can be a viable option for those who decide NCAA is not for them or are looking for a warmer climate or another coaching style," Basham said.
But we're still in the infancy stages of figuring out what we can do and what we want to do.
Horton said he doesn't plan on coaching but hopes to be involved in the development of the new Cypress training center. He also wants to stay involved in the sport as a goodwill ambassador and motivational speaker.

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