COLUMBUS, Ohio – Redshirt sophomore Sean Melton of The Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team is counting down the days until the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Melton was recently named to the U.S. Senior National Team following a third place finish in the all-around at the 2016 Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. He’s a four-time All-American, an Ohio State record holder on parallel bars (16.050), and a two-time Big Ten Champion.
The moment he chalks up before an event, Melton feels the nervous energy of competition, and he says the intense rush of gymnastics motivates him to compete at the highest level.
“That’s one of my favorite parts of gymnastics…the adrenaline and like the scare of not knowing what might happen next, and then just letting your body go into autopilot and just perform,” said Melton.
The Ohio State University men’s gymnastics team boasts a number of talented athletes who have competed in the Olympics, but they have not had a gymnast compete in the games in eight years. Melton said, “I’ve been starting to mentally prepare my mind for competing at the Olympic trials one person at a time in a huge arena, and I have a countdown in my room for the Olympic games, I switch the number every day and just go to bed every night knowing I did everything I could to get ready for this one opportunity.”
Melton strives to make the Olympic team as an all-around gymnast, but the still rings stand his favorite event. He feels fortunate to train alongside Ohio State graduate Brandon Wynn, a World Champion Bronze Medalist on the still rings.
“It makes you want to be better every day and makes it more fun…it just brings an excitement to the gym knowing that there’s a world class gymnast who could potentially be on the Olympic team alongside with you, and it just pushes us every day because we always like to compete,” said Melton.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men’s gymnastics will be held in St. Louis, Missouri June 23-26.