Olympic Bronze Medal Gymnast Danell Levya: I Want to Host SNL Next!

Celebrity News Aug. 2, 2012 AT 10:20AM
Danell Leyva celebrates after his final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England. Danell Leyva celebrates after his final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England. Credit: Harry How/Getty

Forget Disney World -- after gymnast Danell Levya nabbed a bronze medal in a stunning turnaround at Wednesday's Men's All-Around gymnastics final, the first thing he wants to do is host Saturday Night Live!

"That would be amazing," the Cuban-born athlete, 20, told Us Thursday morning after appearing on TODAY. "If they asked me to host it, I probably would be the happiest person ever," Levya said, adding he'd want "Drake or Lil Wayne" to perform.

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Levya's chances to medal didn't look so hot after two routines at Wednesday's finals, and he found himself in 19th place; but after truly rallying on the parallel bars and the horizontal bars, he boosted his score to land the bronze, with the gold medal going to Japan's Kohei Uchimora of Japan, and the silver to Germany's Marcel Ngyuen.

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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, he'll compete in the High Bar finals.)

Although the rising star now has 50,000 followers on Twitter, his two biggest supporters are mom and dad.

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"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 everyday . . .It gives you such a sense of calmness. I'm a little bit of a mommas boy but it's ok! I now have this thing," he said, holding up his medal, "to keep me tough!"

Want more Olympics? Meet Team USA's families, go inside their homes (and gyms!), and more! Check out Us Weekly's Olympic collectors edition, "American Heroes," on newsstands now. Order at bn.com/usolympics.

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