Getting to Know Olympic Medalist Danell Levya


Name: Danell Leyva
Sport: Gymnastics
Discipline(s): Artistic Gymnastics
Event(s): Team
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
DOB: 10/30/1991
Birthplace: Cardenas
Hometown: Homestead, Fla.
High School: Homeschooled ‘10
Team/Club: Universal Gymnastics
Coach(es): Yin Alvarez
Olympic Experience

  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2016); Three-time Olympic medalist (2 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 5th (team); silver (parallel bars, horizontal bar)
  • London 2012 Olympic games, bronze (all-around); 5th (team)
World Championship Experience

  • Most recent: 2015 – silver (horizontal bar), 5th (team), 6th (parallel bars), 17th (all-around)
  • Years of participation: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
  • Medals: 5 (1 gold, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes)
  • Gold – 2011 (parallel bars)
  • Silver – 2014 (parallel bars); 2015 (high bar)
  • Bronze – 2011 (team); 2014 (team)
Personal: Son of Yin Alvarez and Maria Gonzalez…Sister, Dayanis Mesa, is a Spanish television host…Mother and stepfather were both members of the Cuban national gymnastics team…Born in Cuba and moved to the United States at age 2…Became the youngest member of the U.S. national senior team at age 17…Spanish is his first language and can also speak conversational Italian, Romanian and Japanese; he is also currently studying Portuguese…Enjoys playing the piano, painting, drawing, football, music, cartoons and comics. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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