Danell Leyva brings home the bronze

Gymnast returns to South Florida an Olympic champion

MIAMI - Olympic Bronze Medalist Danell Leyva came back home to Miami Wednesday night.

"It feels great," Leyva told Local 10's Baron James. "Are you ready for all this fame"? "Not so much I guess."

Dozens of local fans, friends and family greeted Leyva at Miami International Airport as he and his parents returned from the 2012 Games in London.

"So excited," Maria Gonzalez said about her son. "We are so happy. It's amazing."

Leyva won the bronze medal in the men's gymnastics all around.

"It's crazy. It's a lot of fun. It's really great to be able to experience that, " Leyva said.

"From the beginning I see this day coming because he's very determined and trying very hard. And this is a plan we have for 17 years and now it's here," said Yin Alvarez, his stepfather and coach.

The 20-year-old Cuban American's years of training at his parent's Southeast Miami-Dade gym paid off.

But Leyva now has his eye on the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and going for the gold.

"Hopefully I experience it again," Leyva said.

Meanwhile, Leyva has an agent and is looking forward to endorsements. He also is raising money for a training program called USA Gymnastics Future Stars through Citibank's Every Step of the Way initiative.

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