Hey folks (assuming anyone is actually reading these.) Due to some unforseen circumstances, have been unable to post the final two Team USA profiles. I wish I could say that both profiles will be posted tonight, yet it seems one is unavailable. Ah well.
On a side note: Be sure to check out the All Around finals tomorrow. You can watch either via webcast (beginning at 1:20pm EST at universalsports.com) or on the Universal Sports channel. Tim McNeill and Jonathan Horton both qualified within the top five.
When asked his goals for the future, Danell Layva lays it out as such, “win a Visa Championships, win the World Championships, and of course, win the Olympic Games.” Just shy of his 18t birthday (October 30) Danell has quite a resume. In 2009, his first year as an official senior*, Danell took second in the all-around at Winter Cup and finished fifth at Nationals, also tying for the National title on high bar.
What Danell may be known best for is his coach and father, Yin Alverez, whose antics are the subject of much talk during broadcasts. The animate Alverez can often be seen and heard cheering his gymnasts when they finish a routine, sometimes even ‘performing’ along with them.
“He likes to rub that in my face a lot,” Danell told Inside Gymnastics when asked about this in a July feature. “He’ll say, ‘Ha, ha, I’m more famous than you.’”
“That never embarrassed me,” Leyva says, adding with a laugh, “but every day, every other minute, then he tends to embarrass me.”
Danell will not be competing in the All-Around this year, but will instead focus on three events. When asked (before Nationals) what his ambitions for Worlds are, Danell stated the following:
“I just want to really impress everybody as much as I can. Try to show off. Hopefully make some World teams before [the 2012] Olympics—I’d like to make this World team for high bar and p-bars; I think those are my best bets—maybe even win a medal.”
He will have a shot at one medal this year, as he made high bar finals.
All videos are from the 2009 National Championships.
Floor Exercise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PWgtuUIWJA
Pommel Horse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95aNXhb44GM
Still Rings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsxomLCU4Z8
Parallel Bars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe2QZc9LKoo
High Bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMHQRUYVk1A
* Unlike the women’s side of the sport, the junior men only compete one day. During finals, junior gymnasts are able to compete with the senior men.