Danell Leyva's Bronze Comeback a Golden Moment

August 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Danell Leyva's Bronze Comeback a Golden Moment

" It's a common refrain amid the relentlessly positive Olympic coverage that winning a silver or bronze medal is an accomplishment almost on par with taking home the gold.

Such talk usually sounds like an attempt to find a bright side to seeing four or more years of hard work go up in smoke by hundredths of seconds or a tenth of a point. Tell James Magnussen that touching the wall .01 seconds after Nathan Adrian in the 100m free on Wednesday felt just as good as being the guy in front at the end and you're likely to get a response that doesn't sound charming even if it is delivered with an Australian accent.

Sometimes, though, moments happen that make you buy into the whole Olympic notion that competing is just as important as the result. Danell Leyva's bronze in the men's gymnastics all-around on Tuesday was one of those moments.

Leyva crashed and burned on the pommel horse, just as he did during the team competition on Monday, and it looked like his dreams of medaling had gone up in smoke "

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