His first instinct was an apology. Sorry was the first thing gymnast Danell Leyva had to say to his U.S. Olympic teammates Monday night during the men’s team final.
Leyva fell near the end of his high-flying and often-spectacular high-bar routine on what was one of the easier moves and the chance of making the podium — already microscopic — vanished into the Rio Olympic Arena air.
“Immediately, I went to apologize to them and they said, ‘No, no, no, we don’t want to hear that. You did everything you could. You left it out there and you finished strong,’” Leyva said.
Accountability was admirable, as was his...