Danell Johan Leyva is the undisputed reigning king of U.S. gymnastics.
From his humble beginnings to international stardom, this competitor holds in his grips the hopes of many American Olympic fans. Whether or not viewers are gymnastics aficionados makes no difference. Sports lovers want to see Leyva soar on high bar at the 2012 London games.
But with the inevitable pressure the Olympics places on athletes, can this 20-year-old maintain his royal status?
High-flying antics and nerve-rattling routines aside, there is more that makes Danell Leyva tick. Before he boards a plane for London, here are five things you should know about this national champion.