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John Orozco Goes Pro

December 14, 2011
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John Orozco Goes ProJohn Orozco, 2012 Olympic prospect from Colorado Springs, Co., recently confirmed his decision to go pro. Orozco’s decision trails fellow World team members Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, who both recently decided to go pro.

The decision to “go pro” means that athletes give up any potential NCAA scholarship many and all eligibility. With college educations being as pricey as they are today, many athletes struggle with this decision.

On Sunday, Orozco announced his decision when he tweeted, "It was a pretty tough decision for me, but I've finally made up my mind."

At the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Orozco finished 5th in the All-around competition and received a bronze medal for the team competition.

By deciding to go pro, athletes will receive endorsement deals, prize money and appearance fees. Also, added benefits are available to those athletes who actually make the Olympic team.

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