USA Gymnastics | 2012 Olympic Trials Competitors
Danell Leyva
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Birthdate: 10/30/1991
Program: Men's Artistic
Level: Senior
Current Residence: Homestead, FL
Club: Universal Gymnastics Inc.
Head Coach: Yin Alvarez


Career Highlights

  • 2014 Winter Cup Challenge high bar silver medalist
  • 2013 U.S. high bar bronze medalist
  • 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist. Also competed in high bar finals
  • 2012 U.S. parallel bars & high bar champion and all-around silver medalist
  • 2012 AT&T American Cup all-around champion
  • 2012 Winter Cup Challenge high bar champion (tie) and floor exercise silver medalist
  • 2011 World Championships parallel bars gold medalist and team bronze medalist
  • 2011 U.S. all-around, parallel bars and horizontal bar champion
  • 2011 Winter Cup Challenge parallel bars and horizontal bar champion
  • Member of the 2009-11 World Championships Teams
  • 2010 U.S. parallel bars champion, all-around silver medalist and horizontal bar bronze medalist
  • 2010 Winter Cup Challenge parallel bars champion
  • 2009 U.S. horizontal bar champion (tie)
  • 2009 Winter Cup Challenge parallel bars champion and all-around silver medalist
  • Coached by his step-father, Yin Alvarez


Personal Information

Nickname: Danell
Hometown: Miami, FL
Personal Website: danelljleyva.com/
Twitter: @danelljleyva
Facebook: Facebook.com/DanellLeyva

Year you began gymnastics: 1995
Favorite Event: high bar, parallel bars, floor exercise
How did you get involved in gymnastics: Both my parents were gymnasts, and now they're coaches.
Favorite thing about gymnastics: My favorite thing about gymnastics has to be the rush that you get once you make a new skill you learned.
What are your goals for gymnastics?: win a Visa Championships, win the World Championships, and of course, win the Olympic Games
Names of parents/guardians/spouse: Yin Alvarez and Maria Gonzalez, both coaches
Names of sibling(s): Dayanis Mesa, she works on a Spanish television show.
Family members in sports: My mom's cousin once held the world record in holding his breath underwater. (7:15)


Interests Outside the Gym

Favorite school subject: Science
Hobbies or favorite activities: Playing and listening to music, painting, and drawing
Favorite music: Rap, Hip Hop, R & B
Favorite TV show(s): The Boondocks, Naruto, Family Guy
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and Pizza
Other sports involvement: Don

National Competition Results

2014 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 2nd-PB; 7th-FX; 8th-HB; 9th-AA
2013 P&G Championships, Hartford, Conn. - 3rd-HB; 5th-PB(T); 7th-AA
2013 National Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 1st-AA, PB, HB; 3rd-VT(T)
2013 Winter Cup Challenge - Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-PB, HB; 3rd-AA; 5th-SR
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, San Jose, Calif. - 1st-AA, PB, HB; 2nd-PH; 6th-VT(T); 7th-SR; 8th-FX
2012 Visa Championships, St. Louis, Mo. - 1st-PB, HB; 2nd-AA; 4th-PH; 5th-FX
2012 National Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 2nd-PB; 3rd-VT; 6th-FX
2012 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-HB(T); 2nd-FX; 4th-AA, PB
2011 Visa Championships, Saint Paul, Minn. - 1st-AA, PB, HB; 4th-PH; 7th-FX; 8th-SR, VT
2011 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-PB, HB; 2nd-AA; 4th-SR
2010 Visa Championships, Hartford, Conn. - 1st-PB; 2nd-AA; 3rd-HB
2010 National Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 1st-HB; 2nd-AA, SR; 8th-PB(T)
2010 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-PB; 2nd-HB; 4th-AA
2009 Visa Championships, Dallas, Texas - 1st-HB(T); 2nd-PB(T); 5th-AA
2009 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-PB; 2nd-AA; 3rd-HB; 6th-VT
2008 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Battle Creek, Mich. - 1st-AA, HB, PB, PH
2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas - 8th-HB
2008 U.S. Men's Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 3rd-AA; 3rd-HB; 4th-PB
2008 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. -
2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif. -
2007 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 1st-AA, PB, HB; 2nd-FX, SR
2007 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. -
2006 Visa Championships, St. Paul, Minn. - 1st-AA, FX(T), HB; 2nd-PB(T); 4th-PH; 5th-SR (Jr. Div.)
2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. -

International Competition Results

2013 French International World Cup, Paris, France - 1st-HB
2013 AT&T American Cup, Worcester, Mass. - 6th-AA
2012 World Cup, Glasgow, Scotland - 4th-AA
2012 World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany - 5th-AA
2012 Olympic Games, London, England - 3rd-AA; 5th-Team, HB
2012 China World Cup, Zibo, China - 4th-HB
2012 AT&T American Cup, New York, N.Y. - 1st-AA
2011 Mexican Open, Acapulco, Mexico - 1st-AA
2011 World Championships, Tokyo, Japan - 1st-PB; 3rd-Team
2011 Japan Cup - 2nd-Team; 3rd-Aa
2011 World Cup, Moscow, Russia -
2011 Paris World Cup, Bercy, France - 2nd-HB
2010 World Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 4th-Team; 5th-HB
2010 Pacific Rim Championships, Melbourne, Australia - 1st-Team, PB, HB; 3rd-SR; 7th-AA, PH
2010 17th Internationaux de France World Cup, Paris, France -
2009 World Championships, London, England - 4th-HB
2009 World Cup, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 4th-HB
2008 PAGU Individual Event Championships, Rosario, Argentina - 1st-HB, 2nd-PH, PB; 6th-FX
2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, San Jose, Calif. - 1st-Team, AA; 3rd-PB; 4th-PH; 5th-VT(T); 6th-HB(T); 8th-SR (Jr. Div.)
2008 USA vs Canada, Calgary, Albera, Canada - 1st-Team; 3rd-AA, VT; 4th-PH, HB
2007 Junior Pan American Championships, Guatemala City, Guatemala - 1st-Team, HB; 4th-AA, PH, VT (Jr. Div.)
2007 International Jr. Japan Competition, Yokohama, Japan - 2nd-FX, HB; 3rd-AA, PB; 3rd-VT(T); 4th-SR (Jr. Div.)

Videos of Danell Leyva

2014 Winter Cup Finals High Bar
2014 Winter Cup Finals Parallel Bars
2014 Winter Cup Finals Vault
2014 Winter Cup Finals Still Rings
2014 Winter Cup Finals Pommel Horse
2014 Winter Cup Finals Floor Exercise
2014 Winter Cup Prelims Floor Exercise
2014 Winter Cup Prelims Pommel Horse
2014 Winter Cup Prelims Still Rings
2014 Winter Cup Prelims Vault
2014 Winter Cup Prelims Parallel Bars
2014 Winter Cup Prelims High Bar
2013 P&G Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2013 P&G Championships Day 2 Pommel Horse
2013 P&G Championships Day 2 Still Rings
2013 P&G Championships Day 2 Vault
2013 P&G Championships Day 2 Parallel Bars
2013 P&G Championships Day 2 High Bar
2013 P&G Championships Day 1 Floor Exercise
2013 P&G Championships Day 1 Pommel Horse
2013 P&G Championships Day 1 Still Rings
2013 P&G Championships Day 1 Vault
2013 P&G Championships Day 1 Parallel Bars
2013 P&G Championships Day 1 High Bar
2013 National Qualifier Floor Exercise
2013 National Qualifier Pommel Horse
2013 National Qualifier Still Rings
2013 National Qualifier Vault
2013 National Qualifier Parallel Bars
2013 National Qualifier High Bar
2013 AT&T American Cup Pommel Horse
2013 AT&T American Cup Floor Exercise
2013 AT&T American Cup Still Rings
2013 AT&T American Cup Vault
2013 AT&T American Cup Parallel Bars
2013 AT&T American Cup High Bar
2013 Winter Cup Finals Floor Exercise
2013 Winter Cup Finals Pommel Horse
2013 Winter Cup Finals Still Rings
2013 Winter Cup Finals Vault
2013 Winter Cup Finals Parallel Bars
2013 Winter Cup Finals High Bar
2013 Interview at Winter Cup
2013 Winter Cup Prelims Floor Exercise
2013 Winter Cup Prelims Pommel Horse
2013 Winter Cup Prelims Still Rings
2013 Winter Cup Prelims Vault
2013 Winter Cup Prelims Parallel Bars
2013 Winter Cup Prelims High Bar
2012 Visa Championships Day 2 High Bar
2012 Visa Championships Day 2 Parallel Bars
2012 Visa Championships Day 2 Still Rings
2012 Visa Championships Day 2 Pommel Horse
2012 Visa Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2012 Interview after Visa Championships Day 1
2012 Visa Championships Day 1 High Bar
2012 Visa Championships Day 1 Parallel Bars
2012 Visa Championships Day 1 Vault
2012 Visa Championships Day 1 Still Rings
2012 Visa Championships Day 1 Pommel Horse
2012 Visa Championships Day 1 Floor Exercise
2012 AT&T American Cup High Bar
2012 AT&T American Cup Parallel Bars
2012 AT&T American Cup Vault
2012 AT&T American Cup Pommel Horse
2012 AT&T American Cup Floor Exercise
2012 Winter Cup Finals Floor Exercise
2012 Winter Cup Finals Still Rings
2012 Winter Cup Finals High Bar
2012 Winter Cup Finals Pommel Horse
2012 Interview after Winter Cup prelims
2012 Winter Cup Prelims Pommel Horse
2012 Winter Cup Prelims Still Rings
2012 Winter Cup Prelims Parallel Bars
2012 Winter Cup Prelims Floor Exercise
2012 Winter Cup Prelims High Bar
2011 Interview after Worlds prelims
2011 Interview after Worlds podium training
2011 Interview after Visa Championships
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Pommel Horse
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Still Rings
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Parallel Bars
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 High Bar
2011 Winter Cup Finals Vault
2011 Winter Cup Finals Parallel Bars
2011 Winter Cup Finals Floor Exercise
2011 Interview after Winter Cup prelims
2011 Winter Cup Prelims High Bar
2011 Winter Cup Prelims Floor Exercise
2011 Winter Cup Prelims Pommel Horse
2011 Winter Cup Prelims Parallel Bars
2011 Winter Cup Prelims Still Rings
2010 Interview after Worlds high bar final
2010 Interview after Worlds all-around final
2010 Interview after Worlds team final
2010 Interview after Worlds prelims
2010 Interview after Worlds podium training
2010 Interview after Visa Championships
2010 Visa Championships Day 2 High Bar
2010 Visa Championships Day 2 Parallel Bars
2010 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2010 Visa Championships Day 2 Still Rings
2010 Visa Championships Day 2 Pommel Horse
2010 Visa Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2010 Winter Cup Finals High Bar
2010 Winter Cup Finals Parallel Bars
2010 Winter Cup Finals Still Rings
2010 Winter Cup Finals Vault
2010 Winter Cup Prelims Still Rings
2010 Winter Cup Prelims Parallel Bars
2010 Winter Cup Prelims Vault
2009 Visa Championships Day 2 High Bar
2009 Visa Championships Day 2 Parallel Bars
2009 Visa Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2009 Visa Championships Day 2 Pommel Horse
2009 Visa Championships Day 2 Still Rings
2009 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2009 Winter Cup Finals Pommel Horse
2009 Winter Cup Finals Still Rings
2009 Winter Cup Finals Parallel Bars
2009 Winter Cup Prelims High Bar
2007 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2007 Visa Championships Day 2 High Bar

LEGEND:

  • Women: AA = All Around | VT = Vault | UB = Uneven Bars | BB = Balance Bean | FX = Floor Exercise | (T) = Tie
  • Men: AA = All Around | FX = Floor Exercise | PH = Pommel Horse | SR = Still Rings | VT = Vault | PB = Parallel Bars | HB = Horizontal Bars | (T) = Tie

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