On Saturday, March 3, the top gymnasts in the world competed at the American Cup at Madison Square Garden. On the women's side, 16-year-old Jordyn Wieber captured the all-around title, besting Alexandra Raisman by 0.2 points. On the men's side, Florida native Danell Leyva took the all-around title with a score of 90.664.
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Alexandra Raisman competes in the uneven bars. She earned a 14.333, the second-best score of the day behind Jordyn Wieber's 14.833.
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A poor handstand pirouette threated to derail Jordyn Wieber's uneven bars routine, but she managed to hang on and avoid a full-point deduction.
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Alexandra Raisman received a 16.100 for this performance on the vault. It tied Jordyn Wieber for the high score of the day.
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Jordyn Wieber began her gold-medal winning day with this 16.100 performance on the vault.
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Though she wasn't eligible for the all-around title, Gabrielle Douglas finished the day with 61.299 points, 0.2 higher than gold medalist Jordyn Wieber.
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"It feels amazing to win my third American Cup," Jordyn Wieber said after the competition. "I'm really excited to get started with the Olympic year."
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Bronx, N.Y., native John Orozco finished fifth overall, earning a 15.766 for this performance on the vault.
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John Orozco notched a meet-high score of 15.500 on the parallel bars and ended his day with a 15.366 performance on the high bar, second to only Danell Leyva's 15.933.
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Trailing the leader entering his high bar routine, Danell Leyva needed a stellar performance to take the all-around title. ...
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... Leyva delivered that performance, scoring a 15.933 to rise from fourth and slip past Mykola Kuksenkov of Ukraine. ...
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... Leyva needed a pick-me-up. Two weeks ago, the reigning parallel bars champ received 80 stitches after one of his dogs took a swipe at him. ...
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... The American Cup gold medalist is fine now, especially following a high-bar performance that included four catch-and-release moves and a double-twisting double layout. ...
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... Even though he's a Florida native, Leyva understood the significance of winning gold in Madison Square Garden. "Being the AT&T American Cup champion is amazing," Leyva said. "It's great to be on that list with people like Blaine Wilson, Jonathan Horton and Paul Hamm -- and to say it was in the Garden is even better."
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After Leyva took the all-around title, his coach, Yin Alvarez, played the role of energetic cheerleader.
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