Posted July 31, 2012 on
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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.
No, not the one with weights and treadmills and basketball hoops, the one with the vault and the high bar and the foam pit. The one that invades American living rooms every four years at the Olympics.
Orozco got sucked in long ago. Sitting transfixed watching American Paul Hamm grab the gold in Athens eight years ago, Orozco envisioned the day he would walk onto the floor under the five Olympic rings in a Team USA uniform.
He'll do that again Wednesday in the men's all-around final, the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice by Orozco, his family and the coaches and clubs that supported him...
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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 will anchor the U.S. men's gymnastics team in Monday's Olympic team final.
Leyva will compete in four of the six events and serve as the last man up for the U.S. on high bar, the team's final event.
The U.S. topped qualifying Saturday, but scores are reset in the finals. Teams send out three gymnasts for each event, and all three scores count.
The plan was to keep it close until their last routine on the high bar. That's where those things Americans like to think they still do better than anybody else in the world - invent stuff, take risks and show off - were supposed to finally deliver some golden dividends.
Instead, by the time the high-flying U.S. men's team arrived there Monday night, it wasn't close...
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...
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...
There is no other way to say it. The U.S. men's gymnastics team arrived Monday at the Olympic team finals with a legitimate chance at gold and simply choked it away.
They fell three times. They were the No. 1 team after qualifying but finished a lowly fifth. They went from hope to heartbreak, from challengers to afterthoughts, because they were particularly susceptible to the...
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...