Hi, I am Brandon Wynn. I am at the Olympic Trials getting ready to compete and be awarded a place on the 2012 Olympic Team! I am 23 years old, New Jersey native, and soon to be an Ohio State graduate. I am setting my sight from the college scene to the international level as I transition from amateur to professional status. Having already competed in several international competitions, the 2011 Pan Am Games and the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, I am working to become a valuable senior national team member for the United States and hopefully, a growing threat for international Rings titles. Over the my last two recent NCAA competitive years, I remained undefeated in all competitions in the United States on the Rings and am ready to sacrifice and do whatever it takes to achieve my goals ..... my journey continues on!

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By Blake Williams
Tuesday June 26, 2012 9:50 AM

Brandon Wynn stands before two suspended rings, grabs one with each hand and calmly lifts his 165-pound frame over his head, his body becoming motionless.

He goes through this and other technical holds for five-second intervals at Ohio State’s Steelwood Training Facility, occasionally taking a break to watch competition tape. It’s all part of Wynn’s six-hour daily routine. The former OSU gymnast is training for the U.S. Olympic trials. Already a member of the national team, he hopes to be one of five men selected to compete in the London Games this summer.
“It’s what I’ve been doing since I was 7 years old; I’ve always wanted to be on the Olympic team,” said Wynn, a New Jersey native. “I can’t even imagine what that is going to feel like.” Wynn, a specialist on the still rings, will compete in the all-around competition on Thursday and Saturday in San Jose, Calif. Scores from the trials will be combined with those from the Visa Championships, which took place on June 9, to determine the order of finish.
The top two in the all-around — which includes still rings, floor exercise, vault, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar — will automatically qualify for the team. The final three spots will be determined by a selection committee.

Wynn enters the trials ranked 14th in the all-around standings but with the top score on still rings. For the 2011 Pan American Games still rings gold medalist, a trip to London depends on how he complements the rest of the team.

“At this point, making the team is all independent of us,” said OSU assistant coach Casimiro Suarez, who works one-on-one with Wynn. “If they need somebody on rings, we are set.”
The still rings require a great amount of upper-body strength, which the 5-foot-6 Wynn has honed with only gymnastic workouts rather than with weights, he said.

His dedication to video study and note-taking is what sets Wynn apart as a gymnast, said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov, the 1996 parallel bars gold medalist from Ukraine.

Wynn’s commitment alone, however, cannot guarantee he will be an Olympian. With the subjective selection process, Wynn said he is focusing on proper execution.

The rings routine Wynn used at the Visa Championships, and will be using at the trials, had a meet-high difficulty score of 6.7. An athlete’s final score is the combination of their difficulty and execution scores.
In order to be successful, a gymnast has to pick which events to attempt a high level of difficulty and which ones to just go for a clean routine, Wynn said.

“You can’t force everything,” he said. “You can do something perfect for four straight years, get to the competition and mess up. That has happened to a ton of people; it is not that uncommon.”
Wynn’s next-highest difficulty scores come on the vault and parallel bars, with his easiest routine being on the pommel horse (his weakest event), he said. But Sharipov said making the team could come down to execution in the events Wynn is less comfortable with. “(The selection committee is) going to look at the difficulty of the routines, the execution, and then they are going to see how they can put the puzzle together,” Sharipov said.

In Wynn’s mind, he completes that puzzle. “When I think about it, I put myself on the Olympic team every time,” he said. “The way I look at it, that is just what is going to happen, and then you’ve just got to work hard.”

Within 24 hours of the conclusion of the competition on Saturday, Wynn will know whether that hard work has paid off with a trip to London.

Blake Williams

bwilliams@dispatch.com; @BWilliamsSports

2012 VISA Championships 2012 Olympic Trial Qualifier
2012 VISA Championships SILVER MEDAL: Still Rings
2012 WINTER CUP Still Rings Champion; Third All-Around
2011 Pan American Games GOLD MEDAL; Still Rings Champion
2011 Pan American Games TEAM BRONZE MEDAL
2011 Puerto Rico Cup GOLD MEDAL; Still Rings Champion
2011 U.S. Men’s Gymnastics National Still Rings Champion
2010 U.S. Men’s Gymnastics National Still Rings Champion
2011 & 2010 NCAA Still Rings Champion

Men’s SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Career Highlights:
• 2011 Pan American Games: 2011/ 2012 Volunteer Ohio State University Men’s Gymnastics Team Assistant Coach
• 2011/2010: Two-time Ohio State University Men’s Gymnastics Team Co-Captain
• 2011 Visa U.S. National Championships: 1st on Still Rings (National Champion)
• 2011 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships: 1st on Still Rings (NCAA Champion)
• 2011 Nissen-Emery Award finalist
• 2011 NCAA All-American honors (4)
• 2011 Puerto Rico Cup: Silver Medal: All-Around; Gold Medal: Rings; Silver Medal: High Bar
• 2011/2010/2009/2008: Four-time Ohio State University Scholar-Athlete
• 2011/2010/2009: Three-time First-Team CGA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete
• 2011/2010/2009: Three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree
• 2010 Visa U.S. National Championships: 1st on Still Rings (National Champion); 3rd All-Around; 3rd on Parallel Bars; 6th on Floor Exercise; 6th on Vault
• 2010 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships: 1st Still Rings (NCAA Champion)
• 2010 NCAA Big Ten Conference Event Championships- 1st on Still Rings (Big Ten Champion); 3rd All-Around, 3rd on Vault
• 2010 Winter Cup Challenge- 1st on Still Rings; 4th on Vault; 7th All-Around
• 2010 World Championships (Rotterdam, Netherlands)- 4th Team
• 2009 Visa U.S. National Championships- 6th on Still Rings
• 2009 National Qualifier: 1st All-Around, 1st on Parallel Bars; 2nd on Floor Exercise, 2nd on Still Rings; 7th on High Bar
• 2009 NCAA Men's Championships: 8th All-Around
• 2009 NCAA Big Ten Conference Event Championship: 3rd on Still Rings
• 2009 Winter Cup Challenge:6th on Still Rings
• 2009 NCAA All-American honors
• 2008 First-Team All-Big Ten honors
• 2008 Ohio State University Coaches' Award recipient

IN THE NEWS >>>>>>

Gymnast Brandon Wynn Signs Representation Agreement with Sheryl Shade, SHADE GLOBAL Inc.

Gymnast Brandon Wynn Signs Representation Agreement with Sheryl Shade, SHADE GLOBAL Inc.

New York, NY, May 18, 2011 – SHADE GLOBAL Inc. announces the signing of American gymnast Brandon Wynn.

Brandon Wynn is one of the fastest growing names in men’s gymnastics. Having won two consecutive NCAA still rings champion titles (2010, 2011) and the 2010 U.S. championship still rings crown, Brandon is a strong contender for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.

Affectionately dubbed “Lord of the Rings,” Wynn won the 2010 NCAA rings title. Before winning his first national title, he claimed the 2010 Big Ten rings championship. Brandon earned All-America status for the first time in 2009 after finishing eighth all-around at the NCAA Championships.

Wynn had a summer to remember in 2010 after claiming the rings national title at the U.S. National Championships, becoming the first Buckeye to take the rings title since 2004. In the all-around competition, Wynn finished third overall, the highest mark by an active NCAA student-athlete. With his performance, Wynn was named to his second U.S. national team and his first U.S. World Team, earning one of six spots to represent his country at the 2010 World Championships, where he finished 10th overall on rings in the elite world competition – the highest place by a U.S. member.

In April 2011 Wynn concluded his Ohio State career with a second consecutive NCAA championships win on the still rings. Not only did he excel on rings, Wynn claimed All-America honors on high bar and parallel bars, placing eighth on both events. Wynn finished the NCAA meet with four All-American honors, also tying for fifth in the all-around competition. Brandon finished his OSU career as a six-time All-American and was named a 2011 finalist for the prestigious Nissen-Emery award.

A native of Voorhees, N.J., Brandon began gymnastics in 1995 at the age of seven when he became enamored by the excitement of the sport. With his impressive collegiate career behind him, Wynn continues to work hard, working to be a high level gymnast. 

•2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships- 1st Still Rings (NCAA Champion)
•2011 Nissen-Emery Award finalist
•2011 NCAA All-American honors (4)
•2010 Visa U.S. National Championships- 1st Still Rings (National Champion); 3rd All-Around
•2010 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships- 1st Still Rings (NCAA Champion)
•2010 NCAA Big Ten Conference Event Championships- 1st Still Rings (Big Ten Champion)
•Two-time Ohio State University Men’s Gymnastics Team Co-Captain (2011, 2010)
•Three-time Ohio State University Scholar-Athlete (2010, 2009, 2008)

For more information contact his agent, Sheryl Shade, c/o SHADE GLOBAL, (212) 307-5128, www.shadeglobal.com.

IN THE NEWS ... 'IT'S JUST BRUTE STRENGTH' Todd Jones of The Columbus Dispatch

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The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

April 12, 2011 Tuesday


1080 words

'It's just brute strength';
Ohio State's Brandon Wynn is skilled in several gymnastics events, but it's on the torturous rings that he's a champion


The sight is mesmerizing, almost magical.

A man is suspended nearly 10 feet in the air, grasping a ring in each hand, arms outstretched, body parallel to the floor, an airplane in human form.

"It looks like you're floating," Brandon Wynn said.

He knows that sensation, as well as the pain that comes from preparation and performance on the rings in gymnastics.

Last year, Wynn won a U.S. championship on rings and was the top American finisher in that event when he placed 10th at the World Championships. The Ohio State senior is aiming to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.

First up is the NCAA men's championship from Thursday through Saturday in St. John Arena, where Wynn hopes to win his second consecutive NCAA title in rings.

Wynn is good enough at vault, high bar, parallel bars, pommel horse and floor exercise to have been a member of the past two U.S. national teams, but one event defines his reputation.

"He's our top guy on the rings," said Dennis McIntyre, men's program director for USA Gymnastics.

One look at Wynn and you know why. It appears Marvel comics sketched the native of Voorhees, N.J. His muscles have muscles.

"Brandon Wynn is a specimen," said OSU co-head coach Blaine Wilson, a three-time Olympian. "The front part of his shoulders is so big, his back goes forward."

Gymnasts call it gorilla posture, all the better to meet the grueling sport's demands. And the rings test a gymnast's strength like no other event.

They're suspended for about 30 seconds in a routine, and must perform swings, handstands and cross positions. Each strength move is required to be held for at least two seconds.

"It's just brute strength," Wynn said, "when you're doing these maneuvers."

Practice makes muscles

Strangers often ask Wynn if he's a bodybuilder or a wrestler. They assume someone with such a huge chest and arms must live in a weight room.

"I've never lifted weights," said Wynn, who this month became the first OSU gymnast to win a Big Ten championship on the rings in consecutive years.

Wynn does occasionally use small free weights for conditioning and maintenance, but like all gymnasts, his strength and physique come primarily from practicing routines.

"The only thing that's going to get you stronger on the rings is to do the rings," said Raj Bhavsar, a former OSU gymnast and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

They call it "ring strength," and Wynn gets his by working on the rings two or three times a week, sometimes while wearing a 30-pound weight vest.

"Brandon can easily hold his own with the rest of the world on ring strength," said Wilson, considered America's top rings performer during his 11-year career on the U.S. national team.

Strength has been a necessary part of excelling at the rings since the Germans created the event (using triangular-shaped handles instead of rings) in the early 1800s.

Grace is needed to hold still the rings and wires, but the demands of muscle trump intricacy.

"The event is a little limited," McIntyre said. "It has resisted a combination of skills. That's the nature of rings."

Some creativity has crept into rings since they were introduced at the 1924 Olympics. Albert Azaryan, competing for the then-Soviet Union, won Olympic gold in 1956 and '60 by using his Iron Cross, extending both his arms straight out while suspended.

Gymnasts also have adopted creations such as an inverted cross and the Maltese cross, where the body is held parallel to the ground at ring height with arms extended laterally.

"I don't know what the human limit is, but gymnasts are starting to push it as far as what the body can endure," said Bhavsar, the 2002 NCAA all-around champion.

His free thinking about the event led him to create an element going from a front lever start into a Maltese cross. The move was officially named after him in 2001.

"It's an honor, kind of a way for me to leave my mark," said Bhavsar, now a performer in Cirque du Soleil.

The world's best gymnasts on rings, led by reigning Olympic champ Chen Yibing of China, are so evenly matched in strength moves that their routine-ending aerial dismounts take on more importance.

"A lot of times, that's a deal-breaker," McIntyre said. "You take one small hop and that's it."

Strength moves, however, can captivate crowds.

"There's a little bit of amazement for people," McIntyre said, "when they see an athlete hold himself in a position that most of them don't understand how they got there."

Tough on the body

Tedious hours on the rings have led Wynn to defend his NCAA title this week with a routine burned into muscle memory.

"A strength sequence is practiced over and over again," he said. "In an Olympic year, I probably do the sequence over 1,000 times."

Wynn hasn't had any injuries specifically because of the rings, but others have fallen prey to the event's wear and tear.

There are moments during a routine on the rings when a gymnast is putting a strain on his shoulders that is seven to eight times the weight of his body.

"The amount of pressure you're pushing through, the torque and the turn on the shoulders is a lot," Wilson said. "It's not normal for the human body to be doing stuff like that."

He knows. He's had five shoulder surgeries.

"Just maintenance," he called them.

Wilson, now three years into retirement at age 36, was competing on the rings in February 2004 when he suddenly knew something was wrong with his left biceps.

"Take that little tendon on the end of a chicken leg and rip it off the bone," he said. "That's what I thought of when I did it. I could feel it tearing."

Surgeons repaired his left biceps with a titanium wire, and six months later Wilson helped the U.S. win the team silver medal at the Athens Olympics.

"If I tried to do rings now, I would probably tear everything," Wilson said. "I can probably still hold a cross if I had to, but I'm not training those muscles anymore."

Instead, he's content tutoring America's latest lord of the rings for yet another challenge in this week's NCAA championships.

Only the strong will survive.


Brandon Wynn 04_11

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