Talk about earning your spot!
Cuban-American gymnast Danell Leyva was the only U.S. male athlete to bring home a medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but when the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio came around, he didn't qualify to be on the team. Instead, the 24-year-old star gymnast was named an alternate. Then in an unfortunate plot twist, gymnast John Orozco suffered a knee injury during practice about a month ago, and that's when Leyva took his place in the five-man squad, according to NBC.
The gymnast reclaimed his spot and won two silver medals in both horizontal and high bars.
"Things didn't happen the way I expected, and it was unfortunate the way I was named onto this team," Leyva said. "But that's what this medal is for—to show that I deserved to be on that team just as much as John did. And this is for him just as much as it's for me."
But there is more to know about this model Olympian and his life on and off the mat.