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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 Nguyen took silver with a 91.031 in an event pa...
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