Tim Daggett

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Tim Daggett
Full nameTimothy P. Daggett
Country represented United States
Born (1962-05-22) May 22, 1962 (age 57)
Springfield, Massachusetts
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior elite
Head coach(es)Art Shurlock
Assistant coach(es)Makoto Sakemoto

Timothy P. (Tim) Daggett (born May 22, 1962) is a former American gymnast born in Springfield, Massachusetts and an Olympic gold medalist. He is a graduate of West Springfield High School and UCLA, who competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, along with Bart Conner, Peter Vidmar and Mitch Gaylord.[1] There, Daggett scored a perfect 10 on the high bar, assisting his team in winning a gold medal - the first for the U.S. men's gymnastics team in olympic history.[2] In addition to the team gold medal, he earned an individual bronze medal on the pommel horse. In 2005, he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.[3]


In West Springfield, Massachusetts, at the age of 10, Daggett began his future career in gymnastics by enrolling in the Parks and Recreation program. Advancing quickly, the local high school coach invited Daggett to train with his team.[4] While he was a college student at UCLA, he competed in NCAA Division I gymnastics. He graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a degree in psychology.[5]

Daggett is married to Deanne (née Lazer), formerly a collegiate level gymnast at Eastern Michigan University and now an M.D. practicing anesthesiology. Their children are Peter and Carlie Daggett. Tim named his son Peter after teammate Peter Vidmar. Peter's son Tim is named after Tim Daggett. They all currently live in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Medical History[edit]

Daggett's ankles had historically been weak. In 1980, Daggett dislocated one ankle shortly after having the other rebuilt. For months in 1986, he was forced to recover from his two ankles again being rebuilt. Immediately following the recovery during training, his high bar release ended with him landing on his neck.[6] The result was a ruptured spinal disc, and left arm nerves were also damaged.[4] Daggett, against doctor recommendations, ignored the proposed surgery, which would have ended his career, and caught mononucleosis following his recovery from the near-fatal landing. In Rotterdam, the 1987 world championships proved career-shattering for Daggett. On the vault, he snapped his tibia and fibula and severed one of his arteries following the impact from a pike Cuervo.[4][5] Surgeries adding and removing supportive braces and pins to his leg left Daggett under sedation from morphine in hospitals for three months.[5]

Gymnastics record[edit]

U.S. Nationals[edit]

  • 1981 — 12th AA
  • 1982 — 4th AA, 5th PH, 6th RG (tie), 6th PB,
  • 1983 — 5th AA, 1st PH, 2nd HB
  • 1984 — 4th AA, 5th FX, 1st PH, 2nd RG (tie), 1st PB (tie), 1st HB (tie)
  • 1985 — 3rd AA, 2nd PH, 1st PB, 3rd FX
  • 1986 — 1st AA, 6th PH, 3rd RG, 3rd V, 1st PB, 4th HB
  • 1988 — 43rd AA (withdrew due to injury), 5th PH

U.S. Olympic trials[edit]

  • 1984 — 3rd AA
  • 1988 — 23rd AA (withdrew due to injury)

World Championships[edit]

  • 1983 — 4th Team
  • 1985 — 9th Team, 25th AA
  • 1987 — 9th Team (During the vault, Daggett suffered shattered bones in his left leg in an unfortunate landing)


  • 1984 — 1st Team, 3rd PH, 4th HB (tie)

Post-retirement career[edit]

Since his retirement following the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Daggett has worked as a television commentator, covering the gymnastics events for NBC at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. He is the primary commentator for NBC gymnastics. He comments with Elfi Schlegel, Al Trautwig, John Tesh, Nastia Liukin, John Roethlisberger, Amanda Borden, and Andrea Joyce.

He is also the proprietor of a gymnastics facility in Agawam, Massachusetts that features competitive Boys and Girls Team Programs, as well as more basic classes for toddlers and young children. Similarly, Daggett’s facility hosts open gym sessions that are welcome to all, as well as a Martial Arts class.[7] He coaches the competitive Boys Junior Olympic Team Program. He has had multiple national champions and national team members come from his gym.[citation needed] The Tim Daggett National Invitational, held at the Springfield MassMutual Center, is an annual gymnastics competition in January hosted by Daggett himself.[7]


  1. ^ UCLA History Project. "This Month in History, July 28 - Aug. 12, 1984… The 23rd Olympiad". UC Regents. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  2. ^ "TIM DAGGETT". NBC Sports Pressbox. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  3. ^ "Biography: DAGGETT, Tim". www.usghof.org. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  4. ^ a b c "Gymnast: Tim Daggett". About.com Sports. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  5. ^ a b c John Nielsen (April 17, 1988). "OLYMPICS; Olympic Profiles: Tim Daggett; Gymnast's Scars Spurring Him On". The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  6. ^ Nielsen, John (1988-04-17). "OLYMPICS; Olympic Profiles: Tim Daggett; Gymnast's Scars Spurring Him On". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  7. ^ a b "Home". www.daggettgymnastics.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18.


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