2012 Men's Gymnastic Olympic Team 2012: Highlighting Day 1's Best Performers

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 28, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  The United States men's team poses for a picture after competing in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Men's Gymnastics at the Summer Olympics is one of the most underrated events in the field. You see great action, unbelievable athleticism, great strength and crazy maneuvers. 

Day 1 at the 2012 Summer Olympics is the perfect day for countries and athletes to set the tone of the event. The United States did just that Saturday leading the way in the all-around category in Men's Gymnastics.

Here are some of the top performers on the day: 

Danell Leyva (USA)

Total Score: 91.265

Strongest Event: Horizontal Bar (15.866)

Leyva dominated on Saturday in many competitions but his horizontal-bar performance was the best of the day. 

While others struggled in at least one area, Leyva proved to be the most consistent of the performers. 

David Belyavskiy (RUS)

Total Score: 90.832

Strongest Event: Vault (16.300)

Belyavskiy used his vault performance to push into second position after the first day.

His rings performance (14.366) was the one that kept him from possibly being the overall leader. 

Fabian Hambuechen (GER)

Total Score: 90.765

Strongest Event: Vault (15.833)

Pommel horse was the event that held Hambuechen from achieving a better Day 1 score. However, his total performance was mixed with consistency and overall accuracy.

It was a performance to build off heading into future competitions. 

John Orozco (USA)

Total Score: 90.597

Strongest Event: Vault (15.800)

Nothing really stuck out from Orozco's performance. He was solid all-around and was one of the most consistent gymnasts on the day.

His best event was vault and his worst event was the parallel bars (14.533). Not that big of a difference from best to worst.

Team All-Around Leaderboard

1. United States (275.342)

2. Russia (272.595)

3. Great Britain (272.420)

4. Germany (270.888)

5. Japan (270.503)