Danell Leyva: Bronze Medal in London Will Lead to Gold in 2016 Brazil Games

Luis BatlleContributor IAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Danell Leyva of the United States celebrates after his final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Against all odds, top-notch talent Danell Leyva put the USA men's gymnastics team back on the map in stellar fashion.

It was a third-place, bronze-medal finish for Leyva in the men's individual all-around competition that put himself and the United States in a new light.

It is because Leyva is not only a talented gymnast, but he also has the potential to be the best in the sport. His main rival, gymnast guru Kohei Uchimura, is the one obstacle standing in his way.

Yet Uchimura will be 27 in the 2016 Brazil Olympics and could well decide not to participate the Games. Without Uchimura at the Games, the gold medalist in the all-around in London, Leyva is destined to take the gold.

Just how much of an impact does Uchimara make on Leyva's title chances?

King Kohei has dominated the sport in the last four years. He boasted three consecutive world titles in the individual all-around between 2009 and 2011, and he is easily Leyva's steepest competition.

However, aside from the fact that Kohei is getting older, it is clear this 20-year-old is motivated to win big in Brazil.

The Cuban-American star had a message to deliver to his Twitter fans, assuring the world he will be motivated as ever to come back strong after failing to get gold in London.

Didn't turn out as planned but you better believe this is gonna serve as huge motivation for everything from here on out #AlwaysFight

— Danell Johan Leyva (@DanellJLeyva) July 30, 2012

To some, the motivation factor is overrated. Though when considering he is just 20 years of age, has taken the Games by storm and has only improved, there is plenty of promise for the gymnast going forward.

Team USA knows they have a promising talent on their side and one who is destined to build off his bronze medal at the London Games.