Men's Individual Gymnastics 2012: Performers Who Will Amaze Fans

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes in the horizontal bars 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 Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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China won the men's gymnastics team competition, but now it is time for individuals to earn themselves Olympic gold.

While the women's events require incredible balance and grace, casual fans will be surprised by the amount of strength required for the men to accomplish their feats. 

There are six apparatuses, and the all-around competitors must master each of them to take home the most prestigious award in gymnastics. These men will not only put up high scores, but they will dazzle fans with their skills throughout the competition.


Kohei Uchimura, Japan

After taking the silver medal in the all-around final in the 2008 Olympic Games, Uchimura is ready to win gold. 

He won this event at the World Championships in each of the last three years and is only missing a win at the Olympics to make him one of the best gymnasts of all time.

Uchimura excels at the vault and floor routine, but he has incredible versatility and can handle any apparatus. In the team final, he was one of only a couple of competitors to perform in every event for his team. Now he needs to do it again for his own benefit.


Danell Leyva, USA

The Cuban-American probably expected his squad to do better in the team competition, but now he has a chance to earn his own medal in the all-around.

Leyva is the defending world parallel bars champion, and he has been improving to the point that he is now a force in every event.

He led all competitors with 91.265 points in the qualifying round, and now he has to replicate that performance to take home an individual gold.


Daniel Purvis, Great Britain

Great Britain got a boost from the home crowd to earn a somewhat-surprising bronze medal in the team competition.

The fans must now cheer hard to get Purvis on the medal stand. Like Uchimura, Purvis competed in all six apparatuses for his squad and was a big reason why they were so successful.

He finished in fourth place in last year's World Championships, but he can win gold if he performs to his ability in the final.