Danell Leyva's Dad is Adorable

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Danell Leyva is competing today in the Men's Gymnastics Individual All-Arounds, and his dad will definitely be there to watch. Yin Alvarez is both Danell's dad AND his coach. Yin does the same mini routine every time, so be sure to keep an eye out for it today as Danell goes for the gold. Check out Yin and Danell above at 2009 Worlds!

Talk about an awesome coach -- and an awesome dad.

Watching Kohei Uchimura Do Anything in Gymnastics is like Watching Apollo Play Around on a Jungle Gym

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Who is Kohei Uchimura, you ask?

Kohei Uchimura won all-arounds at the 2011 World Gymnastics Compeition by a margin of 3.101 points (that's roughly the distance between 2nd and 14th place), and is the first gymnast to win three all-around titles.

At Worlds, he recorded the highest score ever on four of the six apparatuses--floor exercise, still rings, parallel bars, and pommel horse (he tied for the highest score on pommel horse). He won his first world championship event gold medal on floor exercise as well as a bronze medal on high bar and the silver medal with the team Japan.

So yeah. Seriously. Did you see his vault?! We'll keep our eyes glued on the Men's All-Around today.

U.S. Women's Gymnastics TAKES TEAM GOLD!

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China failed to medal as the U.S. Women's Gymnastics took the Team gold!

After a series of stunning performances, the U.S. Women win their first team medal since 1996. Aly Raisman was crying tears of joy before she even got off the final apparatus. The U.S. team score was 183.596, nearly five points ahead of the silver medal, a solid victory for the American girls.

Russia took silver, Romania took bronze, and the US Women took the cake as far as celebration tears go.

Way to go, Team USA Gymnastics!

Huge Drama in Men's Gymnastics Team Finals

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Men's Gymnastics provided London 2012's first edge-of-your-seat upset.

Thanks to back-to-back spectacular floor routines, Great Britain fought its way up to second place in the rankings behind China, while the Ukraine came in third. This marks the first time Team GB Men's Gymnastics had ever made it to the playoffs, let alone been in contention for a team medal.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura needed to score more than a 13.5 on the pommel horse to secure a spot for Team Japan in the top 3. Uchimura is currently ranked as the #1 gymnast in the world. After initially scoring a 13.4, missing out on third place by only THREE TENTHS OF A POINT, the stadium errupted into cheers as Team GB had won the silver medal.

Team Japan challenged the score, and after five excruciating minutes, the judges rewarded Uchimura and Team Japan a higher score. The stadium errupted into boos and cheers, and all teams looked deeply affected.

Ukraine had now lost a medal, Team GB was now in third, and Japan had scored the silver medal.

TLDR: Drama over the score of the #1 Gymnast in the world led to a shakeup of medal results, Great Britain won their first in Men's Team Gymnastics (in the modern Olympics), Ukraine got bumped down to fourth, China won gold.


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Oh hey there, Danell Leyva. You can artfully pose for me anytime you want.

US Women Dominate Gymnastics Competition

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It's day two of the Artistic Gymnastics Competition, and like their male counterparts, the American ladies dominated the field, walking away with a first place spot leading into the Team Finals. Despite their first place finish, the big story for Team USA Gymnastics is still Jordyn Wieber not qualifying for the All-Arounds.

Britain's Beth Tweddle was a major standout individually today, nailing an insanely difficult Uneven Bar routine and walking away with a score of 16.133. Amazing!

Team GB also makes waves by securing a spot for their ladies in the finals as well, continuing yesterday's huge upset by edging their spot over Team Japan. Japan has dominated International Gymnastics for years - a fifth place spot for both their men's and women's teams is definitely out of the ordinary.

Be sure to come back tomorrow (7/30) as we cover the Men's Team Final!