The U.S. men’s gymnastic team proved it could contend for a gold through the qualifying round, and to do so, Danell Leyva will need a big performance.
However, the first-place finish does not mean much in the overall competition, seeing as the scores reset after qualifying.
That leaves eight teams competing for Olympic gold on Monday.
The U.S. team bested both the Russian and British teams, who finished in second and third, respectively.
China and Japan were both heavily favored to make a push for gold, but both teams had forgettable performances during qualifying. Both are looking to repeat their 2008 Olympic performance, yet Japan only finished fifth, while China finished in sixth.
The American squad will certainly need a repeat performance if they want to finish off what they started, and Leyva will be crucial to their success.
Leyva is the top all-around competitor through qualifying, and with the U.S. looking to claim gold for the first time since 1984, team success may rest on his shoulders.
With a strong performance in the final, Leyva could help the team bring back gold from the Games.