Jamie Dantzscher

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Jamie Dantzscher
— Gymnast —
Full name Jamie Annette Dantzscher
Country represented  United States
Born (1982-05-02) May 2, 1982 (age 32)
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Hometown Palmdale, California
Residence San Dimas, California
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international
Years on national team 8
Club Charter Oak Gliders
College team UCLA Bruins gymnastics team
Former coach(es) Beth Rybacki
Steve Rybacki
Music My Drag (1999), La Cumparsita (2000)

Jamie Annette Dantzscher (born May 2, 1982 in Canoga Park, California, U.S.) is a retired American gymnast. She was a member of the bronze medal winning US team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Her hometown was San Dimas, California and she graduated from San Dimas High School.[1]

Debut[edit]

Training at Charter Oak Gliders club in southern California, Dantzscher was a member of the US national gymnastics team for eight years, starting in 1994. In her international debut, the 1996 City of Popes competition in France, she won the all-around and the floor exercise titles.

Danztscher competed in her first senior US Nationals in 1997, placing sixth in the all-around. Her placement would have qualified her to the US squad for the 1997 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, however, at age fifteen she was still too young to meet the FIG's newly raised minimum age requirement. She did represent the U.S. at the 1999 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where she placed sixth with the American team.

Olympics[edit]

In 2000, Dantzscher won her first US Nationals all-around medal, a bronze. She placed fifth at the Olympic Trials, securing a berth in the U.S. Olympic team. Although Dantzscher fell on the floor exercise during the team preliminaries in Sydney, she competed well in the team finals, contributing a valuable 9.700 on the uneven bars and a 9.712 on the floor exercise. Dantzscher was one of the most visible members of the US Olympic team in the media, due to her outspoken opposition of then-National Team Coordinator Béla Károlyi's policies. Her opinions about Károlyi, which were corroborated by many of her teammates and their coaches, were published in many major news outlets during the Olympics.

On April 28, 2010, Jamie and the other women on the 2000 Olympic team were awarded the bronze medal in the team competition when the it was discovered that the previous medal winners, the Chinese team, had falsified the age of team member Dong Fangxiao. As a result of the falsification, Dong's results were nullified, and the Chinese team was stripped of the medal by the IOC.[2]

After the Olympics[edit]

After the Olympics, Dantzscher joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team. During her NCAA career she achieved 28 perfect 10.0 scores setting a school record that has yet to be overturned. In her first meet as a Bruin, she scored perfect tens on both of the events she competed: floor and bars. It is believed that she is the first gymnast in NCAA history to score a perfect ten on her first-ever collegiate routine. By the time she had finished her four years of NCAA competition, Dantzscher had achieved All-American honors fifteen times, earned three Pac-10 individual titles and been a part of three NCAA Championships first-place teams with the Bruins. She was awarded the 2004 AAI American Award.

During the 2008-09 season, Jamie was an assistant coach at Arizona State University, where she was in charge of balance beam and floor exercise. Prior to this, she coached at Diamond Elite Gymnastics in Chino, California and Club Champion in Pasadena, California.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Jamie's parents and all of her siblings have first names beginning with the letter "J".

She comes from a family of 7 children, many of whom have also participated in gymnastics. Her younger twin sisters Janelle & Jalynne also competed on the UCLA gymnastics team. Jalynne competed with the Bruins for one season, before retiring from gymnastics due to a recurring injury.

Dantzscher is a Latter-day Saint.[4]

She is the sister-in-law of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UCLA Bruins bio
  2. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/04/28/olympics.china.stripped.bronze/index.html?hpt=T2
  3. ^ Women's Gymnastics Announces the Hiring of Two Former Olympians
  4. ^ Mormon Olympians
  5. ^ [1]