|— Gymnast —|
|Full name||Jamie Annette Dantzscher|
|Country represented||United States|
May 2, 1982 |
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
|Residence||San Dimas, California|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Years on national team||8|
|Club||Charter Oak Gliders|
|College team||UCLA Bruins gymnastics team|
|Former coach(es)||Beth 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 American team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Her hometown is San Dimas, California, and she graduated from San Dimas High School.
Dantzscher trained at the Charter Oak Gliders club in Southern California and was a member of the United States 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 floor exercise titles.
Dantzscher competed in her first senior U.S. Nationals in 1997, finishing sixth in the all-around. Her placement would have qualified her to the U.S. squad for the 1997 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, but at 15, she was too young to meet the International Federation of Gymnastics' 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.
In 2000, Dantzscher won her first national all-around medal, a bronze. She placed fifth at the Olympic Trials, securing a berth on 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 9.700 on the uneven bars and a 9.712 on floor exercise. She was one of the most visible members of the U.S. Olympic team in the media because of her outspoken opposition to the policies of the national team coordinator, Béla Károlyi. Her opinions about Károlyi, which were corroborated by teammates and their coaches, were published in many major news outlets during the Olympics.
On April 28, 2010, Dantzscher and the other women on the 2000 Olympic team were awarded the bronze medal in the team competition when it was discovered that the previous medal winner, the Chinese team, had falsified the age of team member Dong Fangxiao. Dong's results were nullified, and the International Olympic Committee stripped the Chinese team of its medal.
After the Olympics
After the Olympics, Dantzscher joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team. During her NCAA career, she achieved 28 perfect-ten 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 collegiate routine. By the time she finished her four years of NCAA competition, Dantzscher had achieved All-American honors 15 times, earned three Pac-10 individual titles and been a part of three NCAA Championships first-place teams with the Bruins. She received 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. Before that, she coached at three gyms in California: Diamond Elite Gymnastics in Chino, Club Champion in Pasadena, and East Bay Sports Academy in Concord. She will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jamie's parents and all of her siblings have first names beginning with the letter "J."
She comes from a family of seven children, many of whom have participated in gymnastics. Her younger twin sisters, Janelle and Jalynne, also competed on the UCLA gymnastics team. Jalynne competed with the Bruins for one season before retiring from gymnastics because of a recurring injury.