Terin Humphrey

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Terin Humphrey
Full name Terin Marie Humphrey
Country represented  United States
Born (1986-08-14) August 14, 1986 (age 31)
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, in St. Joseph, Missouri)[1] is a retired American artistic gymnast. She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where she helped the United States team place second and won an individual silver medal on the uneven bars.

Early life and training[edit]

Humphrey was raised in Bates City, Missouri, and trained under coaches Al and Armine Fong at Great American Gymnastics Express,[1] alongside Olympic teammate Courtney McCool.[2]

Elite career[edit]

In 2002, Humphrey competed at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She advanced to the semifinal round on floor exercise and vault, but did not make the eight-person finals on either apparatus, placing ninth on vault and eleventh on floor.[1] In 2003, she was a member of the first U.S. women's team to win a World Championships gold medal.[1]

Humphrey placed third at the 2004 U.S. National Championships, improving on her sixth-place performance from the year before.

At the Olympics, Humphrey competed on bars and balance beam in the team finals, scoring 9.587 and 9.487, respectively. She also competed in the event finals on the uneven bars and won the silver medal, the best bars result by an American woman at an Olympic Games since Amy Chow took silver at the 1996 Olympics.

NCAA career[edit]

Humphrey competed for the University of Alabama from 2005–08. In her freshman season, she helped the team to second place in the NCAA National Championships and won the uneven bars title.

In mid-2006, she underwent surgery on both elbows, but recovered in time to compete throughout the 2006–07 season. At the NCAA finals, her team had a disastrous performance, failing to qualify for the Super Six for the first time in over a decade, but Humphrey again won the uneven bars title.

On March 18, 2008, Humphrey, who battled back problems during the 2008 season, announced her retirement from gymnastics.[3]


In May 2010, Humphrey became a police officer in Raymore, Missouri.[4] She said that she had been interested in law enforcement since watching NYPD Blue as a child, and that she had considered law and forensics before settling on the police academy.[4] She left the police force four and a half years later.[5]

Humphrey remains involved with USA Gymnastics, and was a member of the selection committee that chose the U.S. women's teams for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.[5][6] As of April 2016, she was coaching gymnasts at X-treme, a facility in Lee's Summit, Missouri, and studying massage therapy.[6]

According to a report by Journalist Gigi Farid, published in wogymnast.com, "Aly Raisman Firmly Reponds To Terin Humphrey Over "Tone Deaf" Tweet " in October 2017 when McKayla Maroney revealed she had been sexually abused by Larry Nassar, Humphrey who works as an athlete representative for USA Gymnastics, posted a tweet that drew sharp criticism from many people including Aly Raisman, and Dominique Moceanu. The tweet depicted Humphrey wrapped in an American flag. Many felt the tweet was "tone deaf" and criticised Humphrey's failure to acknowledge Maroney. Raisman tweeted "still important for you and everyone at USAG to show sincere support".


Humphrey's elite routines consisted of:

Vault: Double-twisting Yurchenko (9.8 start value); piked Podkopayeva (9.7 SV); piked Khorkina II (9.9 SV)

Uneven bars: Glide kip, cast to handstand (KCH); Maloney; KCH 1/2 + toe-on 1/2 + Markelov; KCH + stalder 1/1 + hop 1/1 + Gienger; KCH + giant 1/1 + overshoot + toe-on 1/1 + piked sole circle to high bar; KCH; giant + giant + double layout dismount (10.00 SV)

Balance beam: Triple turn in lunge position; standing Arabian; Kochetkova; back handspring + back 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: Round-off + back handspring + double Arabian; full-twisting switch leap; double-twisting tuck jump; round-off + back handspring + piked full-in; round-off + back handspring + 1​12 twist + round-off, back handspring, 2​12 twist; double stag leap; split leap full; triple turn; round-off + back handspring + triple twist (10.0 SV)

Eponymous skills[edit]

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty Notes
Balance Beam Humphrey 2 1/2 turn in tuck stand, free leg optional[7] D Also called a 2 1/2 wolf turn

Floor music[edit]

2004 Olympics: "Armenian Tango"


  1. ^ a b c d "Terin Humphrey" (PDF). USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  2. ^ Garcia, Marlen (2004-06-03). "She's true to her roots". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  3. ^ Rapoport, Ian R. "University of Alabama's Terin Humphrey Retires from Gymnastics". The Birmingham News. March 19, 2008. Accessed on May 10, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Bauer, Laura (2010-06-21). "Former Olympic gymnast now a police officer". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  5. ^ a b Shively, Lindsay (2016-05-13). "KC Olympian on selection committee for 2016 games". KSHB. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Anna Rose (2016-04-04). "Terin Humphrey: 'It is amazing but also hard'". Inside Gymnastics. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  7. ^ FIG Archived 2009-02-21 at the Wayback Machine. Code of points 2009–2012 Women's Artistic Gymnastics, page 166

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