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Greg Siskind

Immigrant of the Day: Daniel Leyva Gonzalez - Olympic Gymnast

One of the two Olympic sports I snagged tickets for later this month is gymnastics and I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing today's Immigrant of the Day. Cuban-born Daniel Leyva will head up the American men's team in London thanks to a solid Olympics trials which concluded yesterday in San Jose. Leyva's family came as Cuban refugees nearly 20 years ago. His parents were both gymnasts in Cuba, but as the Washington Post reports, they did not expect their son to follow in their footsteps.

This description of one of his events by the Post should give you a hint of what we're likely to see in London:

Leyvas high bar routine puts even the best circus act to shame, and is sure to send the guys in China, Japan and Germany running for YouTube. His routine is jam-packed with difficulty, one intricate combination after another. But unlike the rest of the worlds best, he finds little ways to stand out: a tiny stutter-hop of his hands before one of his four release moves, throwing his arms out on another release move so he looks like an eagle in flight. Despite all that high-flying adrenaline, though, he never lost his rhythm, flowing from one trick right into the next.

Good luck, Daniel!

About The Author

Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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