Comeback Kid: U.S. Gymnast Danell Leyva Wins Bronze in All-Around


Danell Leyva is quite confident on the high bars. When he was five years old, at his very first gymnastics meet, he was so excited to compete that he swung too high and flew right off the apparatus. His coach and step father, Yin Alvarez, grabbed his arm to catch him but Leyva landed on his head. His parents rushed him to the trainer, and Leyva was crying. Not because he was in pain, but because he wanted to finish his routine. Alvarez vetoed that option, but when his back was turned, the five-year-old went to the judges and asked if he could have a do-over. “I’m really good on the high bars,” he told them.

In a come-from-behind finish that saw him move from 19th place to a bronze medal, Leyva proved that he is still really good on the high bars. The event was last in…

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