Share Share: July 19, 2016 Olympian in the making: Chris Brooks Brooks practicing on the "horizontal bar." Chris Brooks was born on December 19, 1986. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His father was a high school gymnast and his two older siblings also did the sport. Brooks learned his first gymnastics skills from his siblings. He started gymnastics classes around age 5. Brooks practicing on the “horizontal bar.” Injury-prone Brooks has had 10 surgeries over his gymnastics career. Young Brooks on the still rings. Brooks (right) with his older brother Nick and sister Erica. Brooks strikes a pose in his gymnastics uniform. Brooks on top of a human pyramid. Brooks has a passion for cars and motorcycles. Brooks grew up with 2008 and 2012 Olympian Jonathan Horton (right). The two did gymnastics together and are still close friends. Brooks and Horton playing around on the high bar. Brooks and Horton at the United States Olympic Training Center. Brooks, Horton and a friend pose inside the Olympic rings. Brooks and Horton take parallel bars and tracksuits very seriously. Brooks competing on the pommel horse. Brooks prepares to perform on the parallel bars. Brooks with a fancy car on a fancy occasion. Teenage Brooks doing his best James Bond. Brooks competed collegiately at the University of Oklahoma. He was named an alternate on the 2012 Olympic team. Brooks will be making his Olympic debut in Rio at age 29. The oldest gymnast on the U.S. Olympic team started his road to Rio at 5 years old.