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American gymnast Danell Leyva, born in 1991 is the first
Cuban-American on the United States Olympic mens gymnastics team.
He has won three Olympic medals, holding two silver in 2016 and one
American gymnast Danell Leyva, born in 1991 is the first Cuban-American on the United States Olympic mens gymnastics team. He has won three Olympic medals, holding two silver in 2016 and one bronze in 2012. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His mother came to the U.S and met his stepfather there. As they were both gymnasts, they began training their son. Leyva went on to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, where he had won a bronze medal in the in the individual all-around competition. During the 2016 Rio Games, he won two silver medals, one in parallel bars and horizontal bars.
Leyvas mother feared that he did not have the right type of physique, strength or coordination to become a gymnast so she had no intention of turning him towards the sport, but at the age of 4, he convinced his mom to let him train. He started out very poorly but his unrelenting spirit led him to success. By the time he was in first grade he was truly dedicated to his sport. He competed at his first Winter Cup in 2006, from there he went on to compete in the junior division of the U.S National Championships and won first all-around, as well as gold on floor exercise and horizontal bar. He tied for silver on the parallel bars. As these two are his specialties.
At the Junior Championships, Leyva won the all-around, high bar, parallel bars and pommel horse titles. He was the high bar champion at the 2008 Pan American Gymnastics Championships and won the gold in the all-around at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championship. In 2009, Leyva had become the youngest member of the U.S. national senior team, at age 17. He competed at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Leyva beat reigning national champion Jonathan Horton at the 2011 Visa Championships and came second behind John Orozco at the 2012 Visa Championships. He competed at the Olympic trials and made the U.S. men's gymnastics team, to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, along with John Orozco, Jonathan Horton, Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton. He is the first Cuban-American and to earn a spot on the team.
By this, we only realize, where there is a will, there is a way!