Career Highlights

  • 2012 AT&T American Cup all-around champion
  • 2012 Winter Cup Challenge high bar champion (tie) and floor exercise silver medalist
  • 2011 World Championships parallel bars gold medalist and team bronze medalist
  • 2011 U.S. all-around, parallel bars and horizontal bar champion
  • 2011 Winter Cup Challenge parallel bars and horizontal bar champion.
  • Member of the 2009-11 World Championships Teams.
  • 2010 U.S. parallel bars champion, all-around silver medalist and horizontal bar bronze medalist.
  • 2010 Winter Cup Challenge parallel bars champion.
  • 2009 U.S. horizontal bar champion (tie).
  • 2009 Winter Cup Challenge parallel bars champion and all-around silver medalist.
  • Coached by his stepfather, Yin Alvarez.


Personal Information

Hometown: Miami, FL 
Year you began gymnastics: 1995
Favorite Event: high bar, parallel bars, floor exercise
How did you get involved in gymnastics: Both my parents were gymnasts, and now they’re coaches.
Favorite thing about gymnastics: My favorite thing about gymnastics has to be the rush that you get once you make a new skill you learned. 
What are your goals for gymnastics?: win a Visa Championships, win the World Championships, and of course, win the Olympic Games
Names of parents/guardians: Yin Alvarez and Maria Gonzalez, both coaches
Names of sibling(s): Dayanis Mesa, she works on a Spanish television show.
Family members in sports: My mom’s cousin once held the world record in holding his breath underwater. (7:15)

Interests Outside the Gym

Favorite school subject: Science
Hobbies or favorite activities: Playing and listening to music, painting, and drawing
Favorite music: Rap, Hip Hop, R & B
Favorite TV show(s): The Boondocks, Naruto, Family Guy
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and Pizza
Other sports involvement: Don

National Competition Results

  • 2012 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. – 1st-HB(T); 2nd-FX; 4th-AA, PB
  • 2011 Visa Championships, Saint Paul, Minn. – 1st-AA, PB, HB; 4th-PH; 7th-FX; 8th-SR, VT 
  • 2011 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. – 1st-PB, HB; 2nd-AA; 4th-SR 
  • 2010 Visa Championships, Hartford, Conn. – 1st-PB; 2nd-AA; 3rd-HB 
  • 2010 National Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. – 1st-HB; 2nd-AA, SR; 8th-PB(T) 
  • 2010 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. – 1st-PB; 2nd-HB; 4th-AA 
  • 2009 Visa Championships, Dallas, Texas – 1st-HB(T); 2nd-PB(T); 5th-AA 
  • 2009 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. – 1st-PB; 2nd-AA; 3rd-HB; 6th-VT 
  • 2008 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, Battle Creek, Mich. – 1st-AA, HB, PB, PH 
  • 2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas – 8th-HB 
  • 2008 U.S. Men’s Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. – 3rd-AA; 3rd-HB; 4th-PB 
  • 2008 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 
  • 2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif. - 
  • 2007 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1st-AA, PB, HB; 2nd-FX, SR 
  • 2007 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 
  • 2006 Visa Championships, St. Paul, Minn. – 1st-AA, FX(T), HB; 2nd-PB(T); 4th-PH; 5th-SR (Jr. Div.) 
  • 2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 

International Competition Results

  • 2012 AT&T American Cup, New York, N.Y. – 1st-AA 
  • 2011 Mexican Open, Acapulco, Mexico – 1st-AA 
  • 2011 World Championships, Tokyo, Japan – 1st-PB; 3rd-Team 
  • 2011 Japan Cup – 2nd-Team; 3rd-Aa 
  • 2011 World Cup, Moscow, Russia - 
  • 2011 Paris World Cup, Bercy, France – 2nd-HB 
  • 2010 World Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands – 4th-Team; 5th-HB 
  • 2010 Pacific Rim Championships, Melbourne, Australia – 1st-Team, PB, HB; 3rd-SR; 7th-AA, PH 
  • 2010 17th Internationaux de France World Cup, Paris, France - 
  • 2009 World Championships, London, England – 4th-HB 
  • 2009 World Cup, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – 4th-HB 
  • 2008 PAGU Individual Event Championships, Rosario, Argentina – 1st-HB, 2nd-PH, PB; 6th-FX 
  • 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, San Jose, Calif. – 1st-Team, AA; 3rd-PB; 4th-PH; 5th-VT(T); 6th-HB(T); 8th-SR (Jr. Div.) 
  • 2008 USA vs Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 1st-Team; 3rd-AA, VT; 4th-PH, HB 
  • 2007 Junior Pan American Championships, Guatemala City, Guatemala – 1st-Team, HB; 4th-AA, PH, VT (Jr. Div.) 
  • 2007 International Jr. Japan Competition, Yokohama, Japan – 2nd-FX, HB; 3rd-AA, PB; 3rd-VT(T); 4th-SR (Jr. Div.)

Info courtesy of USA Gymnastics.


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