Disappointing news on the road to London 2012. Out gymnast Josh Dixon was not named to the men's gymnastics team after the three-day 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials in San Jose. Dixon was also not named as one of three alternates.
It's still a huge accomplishment for the gymnast. Dixon was recently named to the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team. Advancing to the Olympic trials was a huge accomplishment, not to mention publicly coming out during the process.
The 22-year-old gymnast—who is Black and Japanese—is a recent graduate of Stanford University and was ranked first in the nation on the men's floor exercises. Dixon publicly came out last month and hoped to become the very "first out American gymnast at the Olympics".
Dixon became the second openly gay world class gymnast hoping to compete at London 2012. The other gymnast is also Black and biracial: 25-year-old Dutch athlete Jeffrey Wammes, who came out in April 2011. Wammes was one of seven shirtless jocks to cover L’HOMO, a special edition of Linda Magazine.