Danell Leyva

Birthdate: 10/30/1991
Program: Men's Artistic
Level: Senior
Current Residence: Homestead, FL
Club: Universal Gymnastics Inc.
Head Coach: Yin Alvarez


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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: 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.)