Every year at the National Championships a junior and a senior win the title. In 2000 at the Junior Mens Nationals, one man stood atop all the others. Todd Thornton was the winner of that Nationals.
Born on October 14th, 1982 in Casper Wyoming, Cindy and Kim Thornton didn't know what all they would be in for when they entered Todd into gymnastics in 1989. Not too long after Todd began gymnastics, a young man named Sean Townsend tumbled into the Thornton Family. Litterally and Figureativy. Needing a home and a loving family, the Thornton's adopted Sean. Now with 4 sons and a daughter (Sean's Sister) The Thorntons were a big happy family. At the 2000 National Championships, the whole Thornton/Townsend Crew were in for a huge suprise, a National Champion, and a qualifer to the Olympic Trials. Sean competed in the Olympics. He showed Todd, who progresivly had moved his way up from 3rd to first in the span of 98-00, what it was like to accomplish a dream. Todd is now following his dream. In november of 2000 Todd made his international debut at the International Team Championships. Where he helped the USA Team Place Second. Coming up to the National Championships, his first as a senior Todd would be ready. Tieing for 6th Place at the Nationals Qualified Todd as the alternate of the 2001 World Championships Team. One of many steps in reaching his dream.
2002 was another stepping up year for Todd as he qualifed for the national team and made a name for himself at more than one international competition. His major competition was when he helped the USA sweep the podium at the Jurassic Classic, Todd being the champion.
The next year wasn't as easy for Todd, as his mom was diagnosed with cancer Todd backed off his training and spent more time with his family. His mom went into remission in late 2003 and Todd continued his work in the gym with a new attitude in his gymnastics.
2004 brought out the best in Todd as he started off with a first place
finish at the 2004 Winter Cup. He continued onto the National Championships
where he placed fourth all around qualifying him to the 2004 Olympic
Trials. With Todd's dream within his grasp he continued to train as
hard as he could. At the trials he was not choosen to attend the selection
camp. Although Todd was dissappointed it didn't stop him for long. He
headed right back into the gym and began his training for the 2008 Olympic
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