Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 6/8/12

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Jonathan Horton of USA competes on the rings during the Men's All Round Final on the third day of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 at the O2 Arena on October 15, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS Danell Leyva approached a chair in a corridor at Chaifetz Arena, the attention of the United States gymnastics community fixed on the men's hopefuls. The defending national champion had finished the opening night of the Visa Championships in first place with a score of 91.85. As he prepared to leave the area, Jonathan Horton the fifth-place finisher (90.30) turned to Leyva with high praise. "Hey, you're pretty good man," Horton told Leyva before offering a high-five. "You're a pretty good gymnast." The exchange was a sign of respect among top competitors on a night when the men commanded the spotlight at USA Gymnastics' national championships. The retirement of four-time Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson on Sunday captured headlines for much of the past week, and women's stars like Nastia Liukin, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Alicia Sacramone will have a chance to impress here in two of the next three days. But Thursday was a time for the men, and Leyva and Horton were...
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