U.S. Men's Gymnastics Team Alternate Danell Leyva Scores Two Silver Medals in One Day!
Danell Leyva scored silver in the men's parallel bar and the horizontal bar in the same day
It’s been a good day for U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva.
The 24-year-old scored silver in the men’s parallel bar final with a score of 15.900. About an hour and a half later, he nabbed another silver in the horizontal bar final, scoring 15.500.
With tears in his eyes, Leyva ran over to horizontal bar bronze medalist Nile Wilson of Great Britain to give him a hug before kissing the “USA” emblem on his jacket and accepting his medal.
The double victory is especially sweet for Leyva who originally made the 2016 men’s Olympic team as an alternate. When frontrunner John Orozco was forced to withdraw from the Games due to an ACL injury, Leyva stepped in to fill his spot.
“I’ve known John for a very long time and his strength and determination motivates me to work as hard as possible to be the best athlete I can be. I know we’ll all do our best to make [him] proud,” Leyva said when the news broke.
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With Leyva’s two silver medals and Alex Naddour’s bronze in Sunday’s pommel horse final, the U.S. men’s gymnastics team racked up a total of 3 medals. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team is bringing home 9 medals. In total, the U.S. gymnastics team scored 12 medals – the highest ever for the country.