Jacob Dalton

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Jacob Dalton
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Dalton at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameJacob Dalton
Country representedUnited States
Born (1991-08-19) August 19, 1991 (age 28)
HometownSparks, Nevada
ResidenceNorman, Oklahoma
Height5 ft 5 in (165cm)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
LevelInternational senior elite
Years on national team2009–17
ClubGym Nevada, Team Hilton, USOTC
College teamUniversity of Oklahoma
Head coach(es)Mark Williams
Assistant coach(es)Rustam Sharipov, Daniel Furney
Former coach(es)Andrew Pileggi, Wanda Fredericks
RetiredAugust 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. Dalton grew up in Sparks, Nevada, son of Tim and Denise Dalton, who had also 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.

Gymnastics career[edit]

Dalton 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]

Dalton 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 behind 17-year-old newcomer Kenzo Shirai of Japan. 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 Dalton in the Men's Gymnastics Code of Points.[5]

2012 & 2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

Dalton during the 2012 Olympics

It was announced on July 1, 2012, that Dalton would be a member of the 2012 Olympic team representing the United States. 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]

The Mesomorphic brand[edit]

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]


  1. ^ http://www.insidegymnastics.com/news-features/inside-exclusive-two-time-olympian-jake-dalton-retires/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 7, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Jacob Dalton – University of Oklahoma profile
  3. ^ http://usagym.org/pages/athletes/athleteListDetail.html?id=322928 USA Gymnastics Profile: Jacob Dalton
  4. ^ http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/16/sam-mikulak-wins-gymnastics-national-championships-danell-leyva-donnell-whittenburg-olympics/
  5. ^ "Eight new elements named, added to Men's Gymnastics Code of Points". Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Macur, Juliet. "Harboring High Hopes, U.S. Men's Team Adds 3 Gymnasts for Olympics". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Quinn, Sam. "Olympic Results 2012: US Men Gymnasts' Show in Team Final Is Huge Disappointment". TBS. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Graves, Will (June 25, 2016). "National Champion Sam Mikulak Leads US Men's Gymnastics Team". ABC News. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  9. ^ http://mynews4.com/news/local/n-nevada-native-olympian-jake-dalton-announces-retirement-from-competitive-gymnastics
  10. ^ http://www.flogymnastics.com/article/60083-jake-dalton-retires-from-gymnastics-shifts-focus-to-managing-gyms
  11. ^ Adidas Gymnastics announces Jake Dalton is all in! http://news.theelegantsports.com/2013/03/jake-is-all-in.html

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