Brett McClure

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Brett McClure
— Gymnast —
Country represented  United States
Born (1981-02-19) 19 February 1981 (age 33)
Yakima, Washington, United States[1]
Residence Mill Creek, Washington, United States[1]
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Years on national team 1999–2006
Club Team Chevron-Swiss Turners[1]
Head coach(es) Vitaly Marinich[1]

Brett McClure (born February 19, 1981 in Yakima, Washington) is a retired American gymnast.[2] He won a bronze medal in the pommel horse at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, and later helped his U.S. gymnastics team earn a silver in the all-around competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. During his sporting career, McClure has collected two more silver medals in the same program at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships (2001 and 2003). McClure is also a resident athlete for the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Early years[edit]

McClure was born in Yakima, Washington, the son of Les and Judy McClure.[1] He started gymnastics at the age of nine under the influence of his father Les, who pushed him to train and perform ten pushups from a handstand position against the wall. When his family later resided in Mill Creek, Washington, he spent two years at Henry M. Jackson High School and finished up early under an international school program in Woodinville. In 1999, McClure moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to work and train as a full-time resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, under head coach Vitaly Marinich.[3]

Career[edit]

2001–2003[edit]

McClure made his official worldwide debut at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, where he received an average score of 9.362 to bring home the bronze medal in the pommel horse, finishing behind China's Huang Xu and Romania's Marius Urzică.[4] On that same year, he added a silver to his annual hardware in the men's team all-around competition (a total of 166.845) at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Ghent, Belgium.[5]

At the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, California, McClure pulled off a highest preliminary score in the horizontal bar to give U.S. a second straight silver in the men's team all-around competition. His team received a composite score of 171.121, trailing China by nearly eight-tenths of a point (0.8).[6]

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

McClure competed for the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by earning a spot in the men's gymnastics team from the Olympic trials in Boston.[7] On the first day of the Games, McClure joined with his teammate Paul Hamm in the individual all-around final from the prelim stage, finishing nineteenth with an entry score of 56.323.[8] In the team all-around, McClure ended a 20-year-old drought to capture a silver for the U.S. men's best medal finish, joining on top of the podium by Jason Gatson, Paul Hamm, Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, and Guard Young.[9] During the competition, McClure performed a pommel horse (9.650) and horizontal bar (9.412) to sum up the team's total to 172.933, trailing Japan by almost a full point.[9][10] In his final event, the individual all-around, McClure finished outside the medals in ninth place with a score of 57.248, just six-tenths of a point behind his teammate Hamm.[11][12]

Life after gymnastics[edit]

On May 25, 2006, McClure announced his retirement from competitive gymnastics to pursue other opportunities and spend time with his family in Colorado.[13] He was later named assistant coach of the Air Force Falcons gymnastics team at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "USA Men's Gymnastics Team Profile: Brett McClure" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brett McClure". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Newnham, Blaine (10 August 2004). "Men's gymnastics: Triumph of good will lures McClure". Seattle Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "McClure Wins Pommel Horse Bronze Medal for USA at 2001 Goodwill Games". USA Gymnastics. 29 August 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Men's World Team Makes History By Earning First-Ever Silver Medal". USA Gymnastics. 31 October 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Peterson, Lauren (10 August 2004). "U.S. Can't Catch China". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Elliott, Helene (25 June 2004). "McClure Sits in Second Place at Trials". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Clarke, Liz (15 August 2004). "Wilson Falls, but Men Advance". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Garcia, Marlen (17 August 2004). "Precious metal found in Athens". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Men's Artistic Gymnastics Team All-Around". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Men's Artistic Gymnastics Individual All-Around". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hamm rallies for gold in men's all-around". NBC Sports. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "2004 Olympic silver-medalist McClure retires from competitive gymnastics". USA Gymnastics. 29 August 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Former Olympian Brett McClure Joins Men's Gymnastics Coaching Staff". NBC Sports. 10 August 2006. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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