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June 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
SAN JOSE -- Danell Leyva, the demonstrative 20-year-old Cuban immigrant whose stepfather and mother coach him and coax him and celebrate with him in equal measures, won the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday and also a guaranteed berth on the five-man team that will go to London. John Orozco, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, finished second and also earned a guaranteed spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Leyva, who scored 368.350 over four rounds of competition at the U.S. nationals in St. Louis three weeks ago, and Thursday and Saturday here, was bouncing and dancing and waving and screaming while the U.S. national anthem played and the crowd of 10,516 at the HP Pavilion stood and cheered.
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July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast and his four 2012 U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics teammates, including all-around Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, are registered to compete at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics National Championships on Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn. The other three Olympians in the field are Jake Dalton of Reno, two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and John Orozco of New York. Also expected is Mikulak's University of Michigan teammate, Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach.
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July 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Sometimes starting over is a disadvantage. The U.S. men's gymnastics team finished first Saturday in the qualifying competition that selected eight team finalists. And Americans Danell Leyva and John Orozco qualified first and fourth in the all-around scoring, both ahead of three-time defending world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan. He fell twice Saturday. But all those scores are erased and everything begins when the medal rounds start Monday. "We're going to do everything we can to make it finish like that," said Jonathan Horton, who is the only American left from the men's team that won bronze in Beijing in 2008.
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August 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON — Danell Leyva swung faster and faster around the horizontal bar, a piece of gymnastics equipment that can be a tease. It seems so easy to whirl and twirl, to let it go and catch it again. But it is also cruelly difficult, physically punishing and mentally imposing. Without the catch, there is just the splat, the thud, and the sympathetic "ohs" from the fans. PHOTOS: Danell Leyva wins bronze Leyva thought about none of that Wednesday. Performing his final of six routines on that bar on a day in which he had put himself way behind early, Leyva roared to the finish by earning the best scores of the night on his final two events and winning the bronze medal in the all-around.
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July 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast and his four 2012 U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics teammates, including all-around Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami, are registered to compete at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics National Championships on Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn. The other three Olympians in the field are Jake Dalton of Reno, two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and John Orozco of New York. Also expected is Mikulak's University of Michigan teammate, Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- The U.S. men's lineup for Monday's gymnastics team finals has been released. In the Olympic finals, only three men on each five-man team can compete per apparatus and all three scores count. In qualifying, four men could compete, with the lowest score being dropped. Here's the U.S. lineup. Floor exercise: Danell Leyva; Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton. Pommel horse: Leyva, Mikulak, John Orozco. Still rings: Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Orozco. Vault: Orozco, Mikulak, Dalton.
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July 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
The U.S. performed its third rotation on the still rings and continued its trend of scoring a lower number than it had in qualifying. Jake Dalton led off with a 15.033, 2008 Olympic veteran Jonathan Horton had a 15.266 and John Orozco, who has dreams of winning an all-around gold medal, had a nervous showing in which the rings were constantly moving. Though he was last up for the U.S., in the spot where the highest score should be expected, Orozco had the team low of 14.958. Through the first three rotations, the Americans is in eighth place, more than eight points behind leading China and more than six points out of a medal position.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- According to TiVo, the company that produces equipment that can be used on your television to back up and replay particular moments, the five most TiVoed moments on the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday included two swimming events and two from men's gymnastics. A TiVo spokeswoman, in an email, said that swimmer Ryan Lochte's gold win when Michael Phelps finished fourth was the most TiVoed, followed by men's gymnast Jonathan Horton's fall off the pommel horse; then John Orozco's well-done pommel horse routine; Phelps' loser's interview; and when Sun Yang became the first Chinese to win an Olympic swimming event.
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July 5, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
With virtually all of his prime-time and late-night rivals airing reruns Wednesday night, CNN's Piers Morgan had the airwaves to himself on the Fourth of July. The British host chose to commemorate  Independence Day with a special called “Pride of America.” The show featured interviews with several American athletes who will be competing later this month at the Olympic Games in London. On a more meta level, it was also a glimpse ahead into the soft-focus stories of personal triumph that form such a major part of television coverage of the Games.
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July 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- The U.S. men's gymnastics team qualified for the finals with the highest score, by far, finishing at 275.342 points Saturday. Russia finished second with 272.595 points and, much to the delight of the crowd at the North Greenwich Arena, Britain finished third with 272.420 points. Favored Japan was fourth and defending gold medalist China was fifth. The top eight of the 12 teams that competed Saturday will contest for team gold on Monday, when everyone starts out with zero points because qualification scores don't carry over.
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August 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan earned his first Olympic all-around gold medal and American Danell Leyva fought back to earn the bronze medal after a soaring routine on the horizontal bar  in the men's individual gymnastics competition. John Orozco from the Bronx finished eighth. The silver medal went to surprisingly steady Marcel Nguyen of Germany. PHOTOS: Day 4 of the London Olympics Orozco and the Cuban-born Leyva fumbled their way through their routines on the pommel horse, the second of their six rotations, leaving them both near the bottom of the 24-man field.
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August 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Three-time defending world champion Kohei Uchimura surged into the all-around lead Wednesday at the halfway point of the men's Olympic gymnastics individual finals with a soaring vault that was scored as 16.266. The U.S. men have historically struggled on the pommel horse and that apparatus might have quickly ended the all-around hopes of both John Orozco, the 19-year-old from the Bronx, and his teammate, 20-year-old Danell Leyva of Homestead, Fla. Orozco seemed to perform his entire routine as if he was climbing straight uphill and by the time he got to his dismount he had to rest his body on the horse to keep from falling.
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July 31, 2012 | Diane Pucin
John Orozco was brought to tears by a vault that he landed sitting down instead of standing up. Danell Leyva cried at the end, when the U.S. men's gymnastics team finished a disappointing fifth, well out of medal contention after what had seemed a triumphant beginning at the Olympics two days before. China scored 275.997 points Monday to win its second straight men's team gold medal and its third in the last four Olympics, with a performance that was a complete reversal from a startling sixth-place finish in team qualifications.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON - Danell Leyva, 20, is from a family that immigrated to Florida from Cuba. John Orozco, 19, comes from the Bronx, where gymnastics is not the first sport of choice. Or second, third, fourth or, he said, even 50th. Sam Mikulak, 19, from Newport Coast, is the son of an orthopedic surgeon who competed in collegiate gymnastics. It's as if he was born and bred for this moment. Mikulak, a University of Michigan sophomore, can't stop talking, unlike Jake Dalton, a 20-year-old from Reno who does his college work at Oklahoma and stays mostly in the background, keeping quiet until he does a pounding floor routine with such power it makes the coins in your pocket jingle.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- The U.S. men's lineup for Monday's gymnastics team finals has been released. In the Olympic finals, only three men on each five-man team can compete per apparatus and all three scores count. In qualifying, four men could compete, with the lowest score being dropped. Here's the U.S. lineup. Floor exercise: Danell Leyva; Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton. Pommel horse: Leyva, Mikulak, John Orozco. Still rings: Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Orozco. Vault: Orozco, Mikulak, Dalton.
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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- According to TiVo, the company that produces equipment that can be used on your television to back up and replay particular moments, the five most TiVoed moments on the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday included two swimming events and two from men's gymnastics. A TiVo spokeswoman, in an email, said that swimmer Ryan Lochte's gold win when Michael Phelps finished fourth was the most TiVoed, followed by men's gymnast Jonathan Horton's fall off the pommel horse; then John Orozco's well-done pommel horse routine; Phelps' loser's interview; and when Sun Yang became the first Chinese to win an Olympic swimming event.
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August 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan earned his first Olympic all-around gold medal and American Danell Leyva fought back to earn the bronze medal after a soaring routine on the horizontal bar  in the men's individual gymnastics competition. John Orozco from the Bronx finished eighth. The silver medal went to surprisingly steady Marcel Nguyen of Germany. PHOTOS: Day 4 of the London Olympics Orozco and the Cuban-born Leyva fumbled their way through their routines on the pommel horse, the second of their six rotations, leaving them both near the bottom of the 24-man field.
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August 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Three-time defending world champion Kohei Uchimura surged into the all-around lead Wednesday at the halfway point of the men's Olympic gymnastics individual finals with a soaring vault that was scored as 16.266. The U.S. men have historically struggled on the pommel horse and that apparatus might have quickly ended the all-around hopes of both John Orozco, the 19-year-old from the Bronx, and his teammate, 20-year-old Danell Leyva of Homestead, Fla. Orozco seemed to perform his entire routine as if he was climbing straight uphill and by the time he got to his dismount he had to rest his body on the horse to keep from falling.
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July 28, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- Even their falls came at the right time. The U.S. men's gymnastics team was in first place overall in team qualifying after the two of the three subdivisions contested Saturday, ahead of the favorites from Japan, the defending gold medalists from China and the hometown squad from Britain. The third subdivision on Saturday includes teams from Russia and Germany that are also expected to contend for medals, but the U.S. men seemed to get a boost of confidence from their scoring Saturday.
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