Jamie Nieto at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games
|Birth name||Jamie Earl Nieto|
November 2, 1976 |
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Residence||Chula Vista, California, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|Sport||Track and Field|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||High Jump: 2.34 (Athens 2004)|
Jamie Nieto (born November 2, 1976) in Seattle, Washington is an American high jumper and Actor who resides in Chula Vista, California. Nieto is currently training at the Olympic Training Center. He is one of the few world-class jumpers to jump off his right leg.
His personal best jump is 2.34 (7' 8"), achieved at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He was the 2004 USA Olympic Trials Champion with a jump of 2.33 meters (7' 7.5") as well as the 2003 USA Outdoor Champion with a jump of 2.30 meters (7' 6.5"). He started acting in 2007 doing short films and local commercials.
Nieto, born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Sacramento California, is a devout Christian. Nieto sees his jumping ability as a gift from God, saying, "Your only limitations are what you believe them to be and as long you put God first you can achieve all things through Him."
Jamie Nieto attended Valley High School, where he played football and basketball his sophomore year. Then his junior year competed in track and field. His senior year he played basketball again and ran on the track team.
Nieto didn't discover his gift for high jumping until he tried out for track in the eleventh grade. Just ten weeks after that first tryout, he competed at the CIF California State Meet. In the coming seasons, he became most improved track athlete on his team. Nieto graduated in 1994, and had offers from division 2 colleges for basketball and track and field.
The 10-Year Valley High School Reunion in Sacramento, CA proved to be one of great reminiscence with classmates. Jamie and his classmates exchanged stories about the yesteryears and shared a delightful dinner with amusing songs from the 1990s. Prior to exiting the building, Jamie left behind a few mementos marking his participation in the 2004 Olympics.
He planned to attend Sacramento City College where he competed and placed 2nd in 1995 and 3rd in 1996 at the CCCAA California Community College Championships. He then was offered a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where he became a 3-Time All American, Indoor and Outdoor School Record Holder, and Indoor Mid American Conference Champion. Then competed in the 1999 World University Games in Palma Del Mallorca. Nieto graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Nieto enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2003 with his win at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. 2004 showed even more improvement, winning the 2004 Olympic Trials and taking fourth at the Olympic Games in Athens, with a personal best clearance of 2.34m/7-8. Sweden's Stefan Holm won the gold with a jump of 2.36. Nieto was among the 3 men who scaled 2.34 that day, American Matt Hemingway was awarded the silver medal on the basis of his perfect record (no misses), while the Czech Republic's Jaroslav Baba edged Nieto for the bronze because Baba cleared 2.34 on his first attempt, Nieto on his second.
Ranked among the top 10 U.S. jumpers since 1998, Nieto had never been ranked higher than 4th – or finished higher than 4th at the USA Outdoor Championships – before winning the 2003 national title, his first national crown on any level. In 2003, he equaled his then personal best of 2.30m/7-6.5 on three occasions – at the USA Championships, in Madrid and at Eberstadt, Germany…also in 2003 Nieto posted six of the top eight clearances by an American that season.
Nieto continued to prove in 2010 that he is one of the nation’s best men’s high jumpers with his third-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, and by placing fourth at the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque. Nieto had a strong season in 2008 highlighted by his runner-up finish at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. However, Nieto did not qualify for a spot on the Team USA roster for Beijing because he did not clear the Olympic "A" qualifying standard of 2.30m/7-6.50 during the designated time frame prior to, or during the Trials. Nieto’s best clearance in 2008 of 2.30m/7-6.50 happened on July 12 following the Olympic Trials. It was his best performance since clearing that identical height in 2005.
Nieto is coached by Cliff Rovelto of Kansas State, and he also works with Joe Radan, whom he calls his “mentor”. He earned an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration. Nieto’s budding acting career includes featured roles in the movies The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown.
In 2012, Nieto was sponsored by The New York Athletic Club and focused on making the Olympic Team, training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He concurrently worked on establishing his acting career. He has done 5 feature films and takes classes in San Diego, Ca. On August 1, 2012 he shared his thoughts from his hotel room in the Olympic Village about the competition as well as other things that he is focusing on in his life.
|2003||Pan American Games||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||2nd|
|World Championships||Paris, France||7th||2.29 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||3rd||2.30 m|
|2004||World Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||9th|
|Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||4th||2.34 m PB|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||4th|
|2007||Pan American Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||7th|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, Great Britain||6th||2.29 m|
|2010||The Encounter||Hank Miller|
|2011||Jerusalem Countdown||Russ Walters|
|2013||Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories||Roberto Clemente|
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