He wowed the world with his incredible comeback in the men’s gymnastics individual all-around competition at the 2012 Olympic Games… And, now Danell Leyva is ready to make everyone laugh.
Following the 20-year-old Cuban American gymnast’s bronze medal run at the London Games, Leyva is hoping to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
“That would be amazing,” Leyva told Us Weekly after appearing on Today on Thursday morning. “If they asked me to host it, I probably would be the happiest person ever,” said Levya, adding he’d want “Drake or Lil Wayne” to be the musical guest.
Levya’s medal chances didn’t look so good after his first two routines, and he found himself in 19th place. But after turning the beat around in his final two rotations, Leyva shot to third place and earned the bronze, with the gold medal going to Japan’s Kohei Uchimora of Japan, and the silver to Germany’s Marcel Ngyuen.
Letting the moment sink in, Levya told Us he’s feeling “a lot of happiness, a lot of excitement. It’s awesome!”
He added, however, that he’s still hungry: “I’m being completely sincere when I say that I’m happy, but I’m not satisfied yet. I still have more to strive for . . . that’s Team USA‘s motto.”
Next Tuesday, Leyva—who appears in the buff in ESPN’s “The Body Issue,” will compete in the High Bar finals. And, he’s thrilled to be able to share in the Olympic experience with his parents.
“I’m so lucky to have [my dad] here. He’s my dad but he’s also my coach,” he explained. “And I had my mom in the Village too with me! She’s been with me every day . . .It gives you such a sense of calmness. I’m a little bit of a momma’s boy but it’s okay! I now have this thing,” he said, holding up his medal, “to keep me tough!”