USA Today: Was this the moment Yin Alvarez was dreaming about, back when he made the swim for freedom across the cold Rio Grande on a January night?
Was this the eruption of joy he had in mind, when he decided he’d had enough of Cuba and would roll the dice in America?
That his road would wind to London one day, and he would dance and whoop and hug and holler for all the world to see, because his stepson had just given the USA a medal that dropped out of the English sky?
If you watched the end of the men’s all-around gymnastics competition Wednesday, you know all about how Alvarez’ passion could light up London. Yes, that was him, doing a reasonable facsimile of a jackpot winner on a game show, when Danell Leyva won a sudden bronze with two big late routines. …
So here they were Wednesday night, the son rallying and the stepfather roaring. If you wonder what winning a medal for the USA means to a man who had to swim to America with his belongings on his back, he’ll be glad to tell you.
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