There’s still faint hope we will see former World’s medalist Charlie Tamayo, originally from Cuba, competing internationally once again. And not just coaching:
Charlie’s given up on 2008. But is considering training towards 2012. At least, so says the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado:
Tamayo, 27, … hopes to compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.
Now working at Colorado West Gymnastics, … Tamayo said Friday he has finally settled.
… heâ€™s working with the office of U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., on legislation that would help him achieve citizenship. His application for permanent legal status in the United States is stalled in California, said Tamayoâ€™s Grand Junction attorney, Luke Brennan. …
Several American gymnasts have written letters in support of Tamayoâ€™s bid for citizenship, as well as USA Gymnastics, the governing organization for the sport.
Tamayo lands spot to train
Charlie is one of the most talented gymnasts ever to walk the Earth. Watching him last summer at Woodward West Gymnastics Camp, I’d say he’d instantly be in the top 3 on Floor and Vault for the American Olympic Team.
In fact, I would challenge any gymnast in history to try to out-do Charlie in acrobatics contests in the gym. For example, Scherbo in his prime vs Charlie at any time. I think Scherbo would quickly agree, “Tamayo is the man!”
If you love great gymnastics, you want to see Charlie Tamayo compete once again.
YouTube is buzzing with his highlight videos.
Here’s one of coach Don Eckert’s videos on SaltoCafe that we’ve not linked to in the past. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.