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"Surrounded by a handful of other members of the U.S. men's team in what can best be described as a sea of six-pack abs. While American women gymnasts who seem to dominate the podium at the Olympics every four years find near instant celebrity the second the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is played during the medal ceremony, the men face a far more anonymous reality. When he called an agent to see what endorsement opportunities there might be, the response he received was polite but direct. The run includes the team gold in 2012 and each of the last three Olympic all-around champions, victories that turned Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas into household names and helped set them up for long-term financial success. 'At the end of the day, bronze medals aren't gold medals,' said Chris Brooks, an alternate in 2012 who hopes to make the five-man squad for Rio when it is announced on Saturday night. Men who make the senior national team are paid a modest sum", www.seattlepi.com
"ST. LOUIS - It's happened before to Chris Brooks: good enough to deserve a spot on a USA Gymnastics team for a world championships or Olympics but unable to prevail against the cruel math of the team selection formula. Brooks ranked second in the all-around after the national championships three weeks ago and is second among all competitors on two of six events, high bar and parallel bars, but must repeat that performance - and more - to ensure that the numbers fall in his favor for the 2016 Olympics. Two years after moving from Cypress Academy of Gymnastics to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., the veteran of 10 surgical procedures in an up-and-down gymnastics career is philosophical about his chances for Rio. Even if he holds his position in the all-around, high bar and parallel bars, Brooks will be a single top-three finish short in the second category and, thus, the committee will decide his fate. He rebounded to a third-place finish at nationals last", www.houstonchronicle.com
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