Sophomore James Okamoto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) became just the third Air Force gymnast in the last decade to capture an event title at the Rocky Mountain Open, as he won the pommel horse on Saturday, Jan. 15, during the 13th-ranked Falcons' season-opening meet.
Posting a score of 14.300, Okamoto defeated gymnasts from No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 9 Nebraska, Arizona State and members representing the U.S. Olympic Training Center. His score is one of the tops in the nation after the first weekend of collegiate competition, currently tied for fifth. Okamoto, who joins Jake Schonig (still rings, 2008) and Aaron Jackson (floor exercise, 2003) as event winners at the RMO, was joined on the 2011 medal podium by Nash Mills and Tory Brown, who tied for second on the vault. The trio of Okamoto, Mills and Brown represent the most top-three finishers in the last decade.
Air Force returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, when it hosts service academy rival Army at 1 p.m. (MST) at the Cadet West Gym.
Click below to watch a quick interview with James Okamoto...