Gym Class Heroes' Video Star Has a Shot at Olympic Gold
6/26/2012 7:24:59 AM
By ABC News Radio
Some artists convince big-name actors or actresses to star in their videos, but Gym Class Heroes can brag that they've got a bona fide Olympic hopeful starring in theirs.
The band's video for "The Fighter," their collaboration with Ryan Tedder , features John Orozco , a gymnast from New York City. The video documents his training and his drive to be the best -- and after it was filmed, he ended up winning the national championship. That means he's got a ticket to the Olympic trials , which start on June 28, and if does well there -- which he is expected to -- he'll be competing for the gold in London this summer. Of course, the Gym Class guys are thrilled.
"It's just a great feeling to kinda, almost be a part of something like that," frontman Travie McCoy tells ABC News Radio. "Hopefully, he'll take home the gold in the Olympics and, you know, then we can say that we were a part of that, as well."
As for how Orozco ended up in "The Fighter" video to begin with, Travie says it was their director's idea to do what he calls a "documentary-slash-performance" clip, and the band liked the idea of the video focusing on a sport that doesn't immediately come to mind. "You'd think that we'd showcase somebody coming from, like, a hard knock neighborhood who's excelling in basketball or boxing," notes Travie. "But this dude's killing it in gymnastics and we thought it was amazing."
He adds, "It's a beautiful video. I still get emotional when I see it."
Whether the connection will lead to Gym Class Heroes being able to perform for Team USA at the actual Olympics remains to be seen, but drummer Matt McGinley tells ABC News Radio that the song has been "licensed for a few different opportunities," which he calls "great."
Matt adds, "I've always felt so strongly about that song and it's such a motivational and inspirational song. So, I think, when you pair that with athletics, for some reason, just the meaning of the song gets heightened even more."