Jacob Dalton

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Jacob Dalton
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Dalton at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Jacob Dalton
Nickname(s) Jake
Country represented United States
Born (1991-08-19) August 19, 1991 (age 26)
Hometown Sparks, Nevada
Residence Norman, Oklahoma
Height 5 ft 5 in (165cm)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level International senior elite
Years on national team 2009–17
Club Gym Nevada, Team Hilton, USOTC
College team University of Oklahoma
Head coach(es) Mark Williams
Assistant coach(es) Rustam Sharipov, Daniel Furney
Former coach(es) Andrew Pileggi, Wanda Fredericks
Retired August 9, 2017[1]

Jacob "Jake" Dalton (born August 19, 1991) is a retired American gymnast and member of the University of Oklahoma Gymnastics and U.S. National Team. He grew up in Sparks, Nevada, son of Tim and Denise Dalton. He represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Early life[edit]

Dalton attended Spanish Springs High School while training at Gym Nevada under coach Andrew Pileggi. After graduating, he received an NCAA scholarship to compete for the University of Oklahoma in 2009[2] where he has earned All-America honors, as well as winning the NCAA men's gymnastics floor and vault titles in 2011.


He was the U.S. National Vault champion in 2009 and 2011, and the Floor Champion in 2011 and the All-Around Gold medalist of the Winter Cup Challenge in 2011.[3]

He was a member of the USA team that won the Bronze medal in the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. In 2013, Dalton won the bronze medal at the P&G National Championships en route to making the World Championships team. He went on the win a silver medal on floor exercise at 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In 2015, Dalton was still recovering from a small shoulder labrum tear and did not compete in the P&G National Championships.[4]

In 2016, a new element on the parallel bars was named after him in the Men's Gymnastics Code of Points.[5]


Dalton during the 2012 Olympics

It was announced on July 1, 2012 that Dalton would be a member of the 2012 Olympic team. The New York Times stated that the team roster is "considered so good that it could be the first United States men’s team to win gold since the 1984 Los Angeles Games."[6] Dalton as part of the United States Gymnastics team placed fifth in the team competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[7]

On June 25, 2016, Dalton was once again named to the five-man United States men's gymnastics team for the Olympics. He represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro alongside Sam Mikulak, John Orozco who was later substituted with Danell Leyva due to injury, Alex Naddour, and Chris Brooks.[8]

2017: Retirement[edit]

On August 9, 2017,[9] news surfaced that Dalton was retiring from competitive gymnastics.[10]


Mesomorphic is a clothing brand founded in 2012 by Jacob Dalton and fulfilled by Stars and Stripes Chicago.


In 2013, Dalton signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Adidas gymnastics.[11]


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