Danell Leyva - 2011 World Champion
It's an honor for us to introduce you to Danell Leyva. Danell is a Cuban-American gymnast who came to this country when he was a year old. Both of his parents were members of the Cuban National team, who settled in Miami. He is the 2011 National All-Around Champion and winner of High Bar & Parallel Bars. Danell has just won his first World Championship gold medal on Parallel Bars.
Danell is highly motivated and loves to be able to do tricks that no one else can do. His persistence is one of his greatest strengths. This has led him to much success in the gymnastics venue. He has just taken the USA team to a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships. His future goal is the 2012 London Olympics.
His accolades in his young career already include:
2011 World Champion Parallel Bars
2011 World Championships Bronze Medal Team
2011 Visa Champion AA, Parallel Bars, High Bar
2011 Japan Cup 3rd AA
2010 World Championships – High Bar Finalist
2010 Visa Championships 1st Parallel Bars, 3rd High Bar, 2nd AA
2010 Winter Cup 1st Parallel Bars, 2nd High Bar, 4th AA
2009 Visa Championships 1st High Bar, 2nd Parallel Bars, 5th AA
2009 World Championships – High Bar Finalist
2008 Visa Championships 8th High Bar
He has traveled to Colombia, Japan, France, Guatemala, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Canada and Mexico representing the USA.
Leyva is coached by his dad Yin Alvarez. Among his role models are Blaine Wilson, Paul Hamm, David Durante & Alexi Nemov. He is interested in helping world disaster victims and passionate about animals.
Watch Danell in action: