Cypress, TX (June 30,2016) Chris Brooks, a 2005 graduate of Cypress Creek High School, will represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics as one of five members of the men’s gymnastics team.
The announcement came on June 25 after Brooks completed a spectacular showing at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in St. Louis, tallying a second-best all-around score of 358.075.
Brooks will join teammates Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton, John Orozco and Alex Naddour at the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5-21, having been selected by a committee appointed by USA Gymnastics.
Brooks, 29, was a replacement athlete on the 2012 Olympic team. A top-ranked amateur in high school, he trained at the Cypress Academy of Gymnastics and competed for the University of Oklahoma alongside Cy-Fair High School graduate and two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton. Horton competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
“I remember Chris as an incredibly dedicated amateur gymnast,” said Jim Wells, former Cypress Creek principal. “Chris was a very polite, respectful young man and all-around good student, especially considering the amount of time that it took to train and compete in his sport outside of school.”
A seasoned veteran in a sport filled with youth, Brooks will be the oldest member of Team USA.
“I was ecstatic when I found out he made the team this time around. He is a very deserving young man following the ultimate dream in his sport,” Wells said. “He has overcome a lot of adversity, and as the oldest member he will be a stabilizing influence on the USA men’s team. Cy Creek, CFISD, all of Houston and the state of Texas should be proud that he is representing our country.”
Visit the USA men’s gymnastics webpage for more information.