Terin Humphrey

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Terin Humphrey
— Gymnast —
Full name Terin Marie Humphrey
Country represented  United States
Born (1986-08-14) August 14, 1986 (age 28)
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Height 152 cm (5 ft 0 in)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Club Great American Gym. Express
College team University of Alabama
Head coach(es) Al Fong
Assistant coach(es) Armine Barutyan
Eponymous skills Humphrey(balance beam)
Retired March 18, 2008

Terin Marie Humphrey (born August 14, 1986) is a United States gymnast. She was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team in Athens, Greece where she helped the team to a silver medal. Her teammates were Mohini Bhardwaj, Annia Hatch, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets and Courtney McCool. Terin competed on bars and beam in the team finals, and contributed solid scores of 9.587 and 9.487 respectively.

She also competed in the event finals on the uneven bars and won a surprise silver medal for her country. This was the best bars result by an American woman in the Olympics since Amy Chow took silver in the 1996 Olympics. Terin placed third at the 2004 US Gymnastics Championships in Nashville, TN, improving on her sixth-place performance the year before. In 2002, Humphrey competed at the World Gymnastics Championships. No team or all-around competition was held, only individual event finals. Terin qualified within the top 16 gymnasts to advance to the semi-final round on both floor and vault. She just missed a spot in the vault finals placing 9th as only the top 8 advanced to the final medal round. On floor, her semi-final routine was good enough for 11th place, respectfully. Even though Humphrey did not make the finals, she gained valuable international experience. In, 2003, Terin was a member of the first US National women's squad to win the World Team Championship, contributing one of her signature elegant, yet difficulty-packed floor routines.

Humphrey was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She lived in Bates City, Missouri, and graduated from Odessa, Missouri High School. She formerly trained with Dragon Gymnastics at Great American Gymnastic Express in Missouri with coaches Al and Armine Fong and gymnasts Courtney McCool and Sarah Shire.

College career[edit]

She attended University of Alabama, a traditional power in women's collegiate gymnastics. In 2005, her freshman season, Humphrey helped her team to second place and won the NCAA Uneven Bars Individual National Championship.

In mid-2006, Terin underwent surgery on both elbows, from which she is now fully recovered. She competed throughout the 2006-7 season. At the NCAA finals her team had a disaster, failing to qualify for the Super Six for the first time in over a decade, but Humphrey bounced back from this disappointment and once again took the uneven bars title.

At NCAA Championships for 2007, Terin again won the NCAA Uneven Bars Individual National Championship.

On March 18, 2008, Humphrey, who battled back problems during the 2008 season, announced her retirement from gymnastics.[1]

Post College[edit]

In May 2010, Terin became a police officer in Raymore, Missouri. Terin mentioned that she was interested in Law Enforcement ever since becoming a childhood fan of NYPD Blue. She considered law and forensics before settling on the police academy, following in the footsteps of her older brother. She says in a recent Kansas City Star article that her choice was partly due to the excitement factor of police work. Terin has the ultimate goal of becoming a detective.

The article also mentioned her small stature (5') as being a possible hindrance to police work, but her father replied “To me, the size of her may not seem very intimidating to someone. But once they know what she’s capable of, that’s a different story.”

Terin is still involved with gymnastics, and served as an athlete representative in the selection process leading up to the 2012 Olympics, meaning she regularly attended and observed meets throughout the country. Most recently, she is active in selection process leading to the 2016 Olympics scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. [2][3]


Terin's routines consist of Vault: double twisting Yurchenko(9.8 start value,sv); piked Podkopayeva(9.7 sv); piked Khorkina II(9.9 sv)

Uneven Bars: Glide kip, cast to handstand, Maloney - kip, cast to handstand 1/2, toe-on 1/2, Markelov - kip, cast to handstand, stalder 1/1, hop 1/1, Gienger - kip, cast to handstand, giant 1/1, overshoot, toe-on 1/1, piked sole circle to high bar - kip, cast to handstand, giant, giant, double layout(10.00 sv)

Balance Beam: Triple turn in lunge position - standing Arabian - Kochetkova, flip flop, layout - beat jump, wolf jump - punch front, beat jump - switch leap, back dive 1/4, back hip circle - roundoff, flip flop, double tuck (9.9 SV)

Floor Exercise: Roundoff, backhandspring, double Arabian - full-twisting switch leap - tuck jump double - roundoff, backhandspring, piked full-in - roundoff, backhandspring, 112 twist, roundoff, backhandspring, 212 twist - double stag leap - split leap full - triple turn - triple twist (10.0 SV)

A skill on the balance beam is named after her. "Humphrey" is a 2½ turn (900°) in tuck, stand on one leg; free leg at horizontal throughout turn.[4]

Floor Music[edit]

2004 Olympics: "Armenian Tango"


  1. ^ Rapoport, Ian R. "University of Alabama's Terin Humphrey Retires from Gymnastics". The Birmingham News. March 19, 2008. Accessed on May 10, 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/15/2020542/former-olympic-gymnast-is-a-raymore.html
  3. ^ http://gymnasticscoaching.com/new/2010/06/gymnast-terin-humphrey-a-cop/
  4. ^ FIG Code of points 2009–2012 Women's Artistic Gymnastics, page 166

5. Template:Www.usagym.org/PDFs/Results/worlds artistic results 2002.pdf

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