St. Louis Dispatch: Yin Alvarez doesn’t ever think the game is over.
Even when it’s the bottom of the ninth inning, down by 11 runs, two outs and two strikes – “and the guy who’s batting is the pitcher” – he lives and dies by that famous Yogi Berra line no matter how crazy you think he is, no matter how impossible the predicament.
“My wife gets mad at me,” Alvarez said. “She says, ‘It’s impossible to win.’ I say, ‘We’re going to win.’ ”
At the Olympic men’s gymnastics all-around final on Wednesday, Alvarez watched his stepson and prized pupil Danell Leyva, America’s top medal hopeful, fall into what figured to be an insurmountable deficit. Leyva lost his strength on his pommel-horse dismount, and the price for his suddenly weakened arms resulted in a nine-tenths deduction and a score of 13.500 – a disastrous result for someone hoping to challenge for the gold medal.
What followed was the most unexpected of comebacks.
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