Flipping Roles

DelVecchio Orozco is a genuine class act. Through out his gymnastics career at Iowa, fellow athletes could always count on Del to crack a joke in the weight room, flash a smile walking through the halls of Carver-Hawkeye Arena or encourage a teammate before a difficult event. Flipping roles from gymnastics to Life After Division I Sports, the former Hawkeye and 2015 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree now resides in Bogota, Columbia. 

Growing up, what was your dream profession?del-vecchio
 I always dreamed about running my own movie theater.

Going in to college, what did earning a spot on Iowa’s roster mean to you?
For men’s gymnastics, it’s a very huge privilege to be able to compete and represent a university. Since there are such few universities that offer collegiate gymnastics, it makes the selection and recruitment process that much more picky. For nearly all of us we accept it as our final stage in our career unless you are an Olympic hopeful. It was a very big deal for me because I looked up to the collegiate gymnasts as role models and heroes. Having a spot on the Iowa roster meant that I was now playing with the big boys.
What did your experience in gymnastics at the University of Iowa most prepare you for in your Life After Division I Sports?
I would like to say that my time with gymnastics at the university helped me realize what time management really is. I also got to see the absolute limit of what my body can handle both physically and
mentally. It also prepared me on how to deal with poor leadership and build thicker skin.

What was the biggest obstacle you faced in your career?
My biggest obstacle was actually my overwhelming fear of high-bar. Ironically, I ended up competing in the event and was extremely consistent throughout my career at Iowa. I was still terrified of it but I kept training it until it was impossible for me to make a mistake. I still have nightmares about it!
What was your most rewarding moment?
My most rewarding moment in my career at Iowa was when I received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Who helped shape you the most into the person you are today during your time in college sports?
Lance Alberhasky was the one who helped me the most during my time at Iowa. I was a lost cause when I first arrived at Iowa and Lance looked out for me. I look up to him as an older brother who I know I can count on for anything. I definitely wouldn’t have made it through my time at Iowa without him.

Where are you now and what are you doing?
As of right now I am currently living in Bogota, Colombia with my family. I would like to one day export Colombian coffee from my family’s farm to the United States and help my father out with his distribution company in Miami when I’m back in the states.

del-vecchio-3What’s your favorite part about being done with college sports? 
I absolutely love the amount of free time and energy I have. Whenever I go to workout now, I don’t have someone yelling at me and putting me down. It’s a lot less stressful and I am much happier.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In ten years I hope to be living in Colombia or in Germany and starting my family. But, we will see what happens since I can’t even get a good morning text.


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