Olympic Hopeful John Orozco Joins Gym Class Heroes for ‘The Fighter’ Ft. Ryan Tedder [VIDEO]
Gym Class Heroes is showing their love for Team USA in a new music video for their single, “The Fighter.” The video showcases Olympic hopeful and gymnast John Orozco in the title role. “…I’m a fighter,” says Orozco as the music begins.
The inspiring video, featuring One Republic‘s Ryan Tedder, documents Orozco’s journey from the Bronx, N.Y. to the Olympic games. Personal video of Orozco’s training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. and family footage of him competing in his home town as a child, is incorporated in between shots of the group performing.
According to USA Gymnastics, Gym Class Heroes asked Orozco to appear in their video after reading about his childhood in the Bronx. Orozco faced a lot of adversity on his way to the top, rising above the life of drugs and gangs that plague teens in the inner-city.
In 2005, the day before he was supposed to leave for his first national championship competition, Orozco and his brothers were accosted by a gang. According to NBC, Orozco was thrown under a car and fractured his wrist, but it didn’t stop him from competing the next day. The incident only inspired him to work harder.
The video was released on the Gym Class Heroes website this morning after its premiere on E! News last night. But the group’s Olympic support does not stop there. Orozco tweeted last night that Gym Class Heroes also purchased 100 stitches to help build the Team USA flag for London. Fans can purchase a stitch for $12 to help “raise the flag” and support the United States Olympic and Paralympic games.
Gym Class Heroes and Ryan Tedder get sentimental in the behind the scenes video as they talk about the inspiration for the song. Ryan reveals that it only took about 3 hours in the studio to complete the track.Travie McCoy hopes that the song will motivate people who are being suppressed by others or their lifestyle to “get up and do something.”
The powerful track is from Gym Class Heroes’ album, The Papercut Chronicles II, released this past November.
Watch candid clips from the high school location shoot mixed with never before seen footage of John Orozco below.