Amanda Borden
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Borden at the 1996 Olympic Games

Full name

Amanda Kathleen Borden

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America


May 10 1977 (1977-05-10) (age 41)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Years on National Team

1990, 1992-1997


Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy


Mary Lee Tracy

Current status


Amanda Kathleen Borden (born May 10, 1977) is a retired American gymnast, who was one of the members of the gold medalist United States team in the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Magnificent 7. Borden was the team captain of the Magnificent 7, with all six other members submitting her name in the vote, including the more experienced Shannon Miller. Her vivacious personality and encouraging presence were deemed important leadership qualities that would take the team far.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Finneytown High School, Borden trained under coach Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. She took up gymnastics in 1984, and spent six years on the US women's national team (1990, 1992–97), competing in the 1993 World Championships, and making the event finals on uneven bars in the 1994 World Championships before leading the United States to gold in the 1996 Olympics. She also originated an original element, a twisting straddle pike jump on the balance beam, which is named after her in the Code of Points. After her victory as part of the team nicknamed the "Magnificent 7", Borden appeared in numerous national tours and television appearances. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in early childhood education, though she was unable to compete under NCAA rules, having gained professional athlete status from promotional work.

In May 2006, Borden married Brad Cochran, and the couple currently owns the Gold Medal Gym in Tempe, Arizona. 2000 Olympic team member Jamie Dantzscher is one of the coaches at Borden's gym. At age 30, she gave birth to her first child - a daughter, Kennedy Faith, who arrived at 5:45 pm on July 29, 2007.

Borden opened her Gold Medal Gym in Tempe, Arizona in May 2004, where she coaches as well. She also serves as a commentator on CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Turner Broadcasting, and ESPN, for gymnastics and cheerleading events. She also goes to IGC (International Gymnastics Camp) every summer to talk about her gymnastics experiences.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1990Junior American Classic3rd
1991American Classic12
1992U.S. Classic6
U.S. Olympic Trials7
1993American Classic3rd
1994American Classic2nd
U.S. Classic1st
Dortmund World Team Championships2nd
Brisbane World Championships8
1995American Classic2nd
Mar del Plata Pan American Games1st3rd1st2nd
1996U.S. Classic2nd
Coca-Cola National Championships4
U.S. Olympic Trials5
Atlanta Olympic Games1st

Floor Music

1992-1993- "Marian at the Waterfall" and "Prisoner of the Crusades" by Michael Kamen, from Robin Hood

1994-1996- "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On"

U.S. Classic Champions
Diane Durham • Tracee Talavera • Sabrina Mar • Doe Yamashiro • Phoebe Mills • Juliet Bangerter • Agnia Simpkins • Kim Kelly • Wendy BruceDominique DawesAmanda BordenJaycie Phelps • Jennie Thompson • Lindsay Wing • Jennie Thompson • Sierra Sapunar • Vanessa AtlerTasha SchwikertAnnia HatchCourtney Kupets • Tia Orlando • Nastia LiukinNatasha Kelley | Ashley PriessBridget Sloan • Ashley Stott • Olivia Courtney • Mattie LarsonAly RaismanKyla RossSimone BilesAly RaismanAlyona ShchennikovaSimone Biles
Tracey Butler • Susie Silverman • Jennifer Barton • Sheryl Dundas | Catherine Williams • Juliet Bangerter | Shannon MillerKim Zmeskal | Laura Segundo • Larissa Fontaine | Amy Shelton • Anne Woynerowsky | Judy Esmero • Kristy Powell | Doni Thompson • Kristi Lichey • Katie Teft • Robin Phelps • Kristin Jensen • Kristin Thome • Morgan White • Kristal Uzelac • Carly PattersonNastia LiukinAshley PriessShawn Johnson • Rheagan Courville • Jordyn WieberKyla RossJordyn WieberKyla RossSimone BilesBailie KeyJordan ChilesLaurie HernandezIrina AlexeevaEmma Malabuyo

Magnificent 7
Amanda BordenAmy ChowDominique DawesShannon MillerDominique MoceanuJaycie PhelpsKerri Strug