Danell Leyva has officially redeemed himself! After a subpar performance in the men's gymnastics team matches and a semi-nude photo scandal, the 20-year-old Cuban Olympian excelled during last night's individual all-around, reminding everyone just why he deserves to be competing in the world's biggest athletic challenge.
After getting off to a rocky start and botching his handstand at the beginning of one routine, Leyva came back fighting, hitting all four of his remaining routines and earning the bronze medal behind Japan's Kohei Uchimura and Germany's Marcel Nguyen. Wow! I'm so glad that Leyva didn't let any nerves or public criticism affect his focus. It's amazing to watch him make a successful comeback and earn a victory on behalf of the US.
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But what impresses me about Leyva even more than his medal is his undying perfectionism. After winning the medal, Leyva told reporters, "I am not completely satisfied. Bronze is beautiful, but gold is perfect." Well, those are certainly fighting words! I love that all-or-nothing attitude--it's probably a big part of what has gotten him so far.
Meanwhile, Leyva's fellow Latino gymnast, John Orozco, was also able to bounce back from the underwhelming performance on Monday that earned him tons of harsh criticism. He placed a respectable eighth in the all-around competition.
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Regardless of whether they medal or not, I'm so proud of all of the amazing Latino Olympians for getting as far as they have. I hope they only continue to do their best and excel in their field. Congrats to all of them and to Danell on his latest win!
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