John Orozco and Danell Leyva Will Dominate in 2012 Men's Gymnastics All-Around

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 1, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 30:  (L-R) John Orozco and Danell Leyva celebrate after being named to the men's Olympic team during day 3 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on June 30, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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John Orozco and Danell Leyva proved to be the cream of the crop on the United States men's gymnastics team during the qualifying stage of the all-around event at the 2012 London Olympics.

They will further prove to be two of the best in the world when they head into the all-around final on August 1.

Leyva posted the highest score of any competitor on Saturday: 91.265, including a nearly flawless run on the horizontal bar. His performance wasn't just a stroke of good fortune, either.

The 20-year-old Cuban native has won 10 gold medals in the World Championships, Pacific Rim Championships and United States National Championships. There hasn't been anyone in the world who can match his skills on the horizontal bar.

Leyva will be participating in four of the six events for the United States and has the opportunity to help bring his team a gold medal in the team competition. It has been 28 years since a United States men's gymnastics team took home a gold medal at the Olympics.

The American women have exhibited such talent and domination in gymnastics, especially lately, which is all the more reason for the American men to want to establish their own legacy.

Orozco is one of the American fan favorites at these Olympics. Despite finishing fourth in the all-around qualification with a score of 90.597, Orozco is every bit as good as his teammate.

He—along with Leyva—is the future of the United States gymnastics program. He burst onto the scene in 2007 at just 15 years old, compiling 14 gold medals at the junior nationals. After his successful junior campaign, Orozco moved onto the big stage, where he has won 10 medals since 2011 in major tournaments.

The Bronx native will be competing in every event but the floor exercise for the United States, and he is set to put on one of the best performances we have seen out of an American male gymnast in quite some time.

No other country is prepared for what Leyva and Orozco are going to bring to the table in Wednesday's all-around final. Anything short of a pair of medals between the two would be a disappointment, but the chances of that happening are slim.

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