Via Sun Sentinel:
MIAMI - Danell Leyva, whose mother brought him to Miami from Cuba as an infant in 1993, performed a flawless high bar routine at the U.S. Olympic trials last month, which Leyva won to earn his spot in London.
Leyva also won the 2011 World Championship on the parallel bars, and he is the two-time reigning national champion on both the high bar and parallel bars.
His road to London began in Mantanzas, Cuba, where Leyva was born to Maria Gonzalez in 1991. To provide a better life for her two children, Gonzalez, a former gymnast, brought Leyva and his sister to the United States through Peru and Venezuela less than two years later.
Already in Miami was Yin Alvarez, who had defected from Cuba the year before and swam across the Rio Grande to start fresh in a new country.
He started a business called Universal Gymnastics in 1995 with the goal of training gymnasts who compete on the international level.
It's an objective embodied by Leyva, who became his protégé and pupil once Gonzalez began working at the gym. Alvarez and Gonzalez later married, making him Leyva's stepfather in addition to his coach...
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