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Danell Leyva more than just gymnast

Updated: July 30, 2012, 12:15 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Danell Leyva dreams of flying, and when he releases the high bar and swings into space during his routine, he comes close. Suspended in midtwist or midflip, he's a skydiver savoring the split second before he pulls the rip cord.

Leyva knows exactly where he is in the air from instinct and from thousands of makes and misses, but the crowd tells him, too. There's a collective intake of breath the first time he lets go, an almost harsh yelp of relief when he catches the ...

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