Found August 01, 2012 on
This would be different.
"I never lost my hope," his coach said.
This time, the American gymnast would ensure that the pressure would not best him, that another early stumble would not define his day.
"One thing about all the USA team members is they never give up," said national team coordinator Kevin Mazeika. "That's exactly what he did. He never gave up."
This time, he would not let America -- or himself -- remain open to the criticism that its men's gymnastics team was nothing but an over-hyped illusion.
This time, Danell Leyva would ensure a comeback worthy of an Olympic medal.
In a gritty, stirring performance, the 20-year-old from South Florida recovered from an awful pommel-horse routine, bore down and earned the bronze medal in an individual all-around finals Wednesday that came down to a final, exhilarating high-bar routine.
He finished with a score of 90.698. Japan's Kohei Uchimura earned gold with a 92.690 and Marcel Nguye...
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Danell Leyva shook off an early miscue to rally for the bronze in the men's gymnastics all-around on Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old from Miami was 17th following the first rotation. He flubbed his dismount on pommel horse, but roared back behind thrilling sets on parallel bars and high bar.
Leyva posted the highest scores of the night on both events, earning the first U.S...
Danell Leyva overcame a terrible performance on the pommel horse on Wednesday to finish in third in the men’s all-around gymnastics at the Summer Games in London. The 20-year-old gymnast from South Florida was spectacular on the parallel bars and high bar, helping him bounce back from 19th place. But it’s not Leyva’s bronze medal that has people talking; it’s his lucky towel...
John Orozco knew from an early age he never quite fit in.
Not at school, where his classmates would tease the soft-spoken Orozco for his shyness. Not in the gritty Bronx neighborhood where he grew up, the one his parents Willie and Damaris did their best to protect their five children from.
The only place Orozco felt really alive, the only place he felt at home, was the gym.
Kohei Uchimura has an Olympic gold medal to go with his three world titles, winning the all-around competition Wednesday and cementing his place as possibly the best male gymnast ever.
It was yet another sublime performance from the Japanese star, who has been unbeatable since he finished second in Beijing, and the title was never in doubt. His score of 92.690 was more than 1.5...