It's been too long since we checked in on Sean Golden, one of the top male gymnasts in the country and one of the few successful black men in the gymnastsics. This week, some very good news. The 25 year old, 5'5 phenom was just named to the national final trials for the U.S. Olympic Team and will compete at the upcoming USA Gymnastics Olympic trials next month in Philadelphia.
Golden is one of fourteen athletes who will compete in an effort to make the six-man Olympic team. "My first goal was to make the national team," Golden said. "My next goal is to make the Olympics. It will be great to go for that at home."
The Houston-based Golden is ranked second in the vault and third on the rings. If you want to see what he looks like beneath his lycra, KPRC-TV in Houston has an extended feature on the Golden boy where most of the video was shot with him shirtless and exercising. (No screen caps, sorry.) Discussing his impressively sculpted physique, Golden says he began training in high school. "Gymnastics was looked at as a sport that was done by girls most of the time. So, if you did it, you weren't male or masculine something like that. But, in high school, that's when the muscles and everything else came, so the idea changed behind it," Golden said."
Nice nice indeed.