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.
|1990||Junior American Classic||3rd|
|U.S. Olympic Trials||7|
|Dortmund World Team Championships||2nd|
|Brisbane World Championships||8|
|Mar del Plata Pan American Games||1st||3rd||1st||2nd|
|Coca-Cola National Championships||4|
|U.S. Olympic Trials||5|
|Atlanta Olympic Games||1st|
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 Bruce • Dominique Dawes • Amanda Borden • Jaycie Phelps • Jennie Thompson • Lindsay Wing • Jennie Thompson • Sierra Sapunar • Vanessa Atler • Tasha Schwikert • Annia Hatch • Courtney Kupets • Tia Orlando • Nastia Liukin • Natasha Kelley | Ashley Priess • Bridget Sloan • Ashley Stott • Olivia Courtney • Mattie Larson • Aly Raisman • Kyla Ross • Simone Biles • Aly Raisman
Tracey Butler • Susie Silverman • Jennifer Barton • Sheryl Dundas | Catherine Williams • Juliet Bangerter | Shannon Miller • Kim 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 Patterson • Nastia Liukin • Ashley Priess • Shawn Johnson • Rheagan Courville • Jordyn Wieber • Kyla Ross • Jordyn Wieber • Kyla Ross • Simone Biles • Bailie Key • Jordan Chiles • Laurie Hernandez • Irina Alexeeva
|Amanda Borden • Amy Chow • Dominique Dawes • Shannon Miller • Dominique Moceanu • Jaycie Phelps • Kerri Strug|