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October 25, 2012

Photo: Team USA Olympic Gymnasts Visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL — Two members of Team USA visited Busch Gardens Tampa Bay yesterday. Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney and two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton met with several of the park's own stars, including a red-ruffed lemur, Tufts the African ground hornbill, both of which impressed the gymnasts with their balancing skills. Later the duo was introduced to the cheetahs at the park's Cheetah Run exhibit near the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster.

McKayla Maroney, Jonathan Horton, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Cheetah Run exhibit
Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jonathan Horton pose with the cheetahs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Cheetah Run exhibit. The two visited the park in advance of their national tour stop for Kellogg's® Tour of Gymnastics event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

McKayla Maroney with Tufts the African ground hornbill at Busch Gardens Theme Park
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney spreads her wings so Tufts the African ground hornbill can pose for a photo with the Gold Medal winner.

Jonathan Horton and McKayla Maroney with lemur at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Two-time gymnastic Olympian Jonathan Horton pets a red-ruffed lemur with Olympic gold metalist McKayla Maroney at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Horton won both a silver and bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Photos courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.