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Jamie Dantzscher
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Dantzscher at the 2000 US National Championships

Full name

Jamie Annette Dantzscher

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

May 2 1982 (1982-05-02) (age 35)
Canoga Park, California, USA

Years on National Team

1994-2001

Club

Charter Oak Gliders

Coach(es)

Steve & Beth Rybacki

Current status

Retired

College team

UCLA Bruins

Jamie Annette Dantzscher (born May 2, 1982 in Canoga Park, California, U.S.) is a retired American gymnast. She was a member of the bronze medal winning US team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Her hometown was San Dimas, California and she graduated from San Dimas High School.

Debut

Training at Charter Oak Gliders club in southern California, Dantzscher was a member of the US national gymnastics team for eight years, starting in 1994. In her international debut, the 1996 City of Popes competition in France, she won the all-around and the floor exercise titles.

Danztscher competed in her first senior US Nationals in 1997, placing sixth in the all-around. Her placement would have qualified her to the US squad for the 1997 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, however, at age fifteen she was still too young to meet the FIG's newly-raised minimum age requirement. She did represent the U.S. at the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships, where she placed sixth with the American team.

Olympics

In 2000, Dantzscher won her first US Nationals all-around medal, a bronze. She placed fifth at the Olympic Trials, securing a berth in the U.S. Olympic team. Although Dantzscher fell on the floor exercise during the team preliminaries in Sydney, she competed well in the team finals, contributing a valuable 9.700 on the uneven bars and a 9.712 on the floor exercise. Dantzscher was one of the most visible members of the US Olympic team in the media, due to her outspoken opposition of then-National Team Coordinator Béla Károlyi's policies. Her opinions about Károlyi, which were corroborated by many of her teammates and their coaches, were published in many major news outlets during the Olympics.

On April 28, 2010, Jamie and the other women on the 2000 Olympic team were awarded the bronze medal in the team competition when the it was discovered that the previous medal winners, the Chinese team, had falsified the age of team member Dong Fangxiao. As a result of the falsification, Dong's results were nullified, and the Chinese team was stripped of the medal by the IOC.

After the Olympics

After the Olympics, Dantzscher joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team. During her NCAA career she achieved 28 perfect 10.0 scores setting a school record that has yet to be overturned. In her first meet as a Bruin, she scored perfect tens on both of the events she competed: floor and bars. It is believed that she is the first gymnast in NCAA history to score a perfect ten on her first-ever collegiate routine. By the time she had finished her four years of NCAA competition, Dantzscher had achieved All-American honors fifteen times, earned three Pac-10 individual titles and been a part of three NCAA Championships first-place teams with the Bruins. She was awarded the 2004 AAI American Award.

During the 2008-09 season, Jamie was an assistant coach at Arizona State University, where she was in charge of balance beam and floor exercise. Prior to this, she coached at Diamond Elite Gymnastics in Chino, California and Club Champion in Pasadena, California.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1994Junior U.S. Challenge4
1995Junior American Classic 52nd
Junior Coca-Cola Championships61st2nd
U.S. Olympic Festival75
Budget Rent a Car Invitational1st7
International Junior Gymnastics Competition82nd
1996Junior American Classic42nd
Junior Coca-Cola Championships7
City of Popes Competition1st2nd1st
1997American Classic 2nd2nd3rd2nd
John Hancock Championships663rd217
International Team Championships2nd
Foxsports Challenge1st54682nd
1998American Classic 2nd1st6142nd
John Hancock Championships9614202nd
International Team Championships1st101010157
New York Goodwill Games14
1999American Classic 52nd2nd
John Hancock Championships51st4
China Dual1st
Pontiac International Team Meet2nd
Winnipeg Pan American Games2nd8
World Team Trials4
Tianjin World Championships6
2000John Hancock Championships3rd64
U.S. Olympic Trials5
Sydney Olympic Games3rd

Floor Music

1996- "Shout and Feel It" by James Horner, from Swing Kids

1997-1998- "Contrabajissimo" by Astor Piazolla

1999- "My Drag" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers

2000 - "La Cumparsita"

2001- "Ojos Asi" by Shakira

2002- "The Revolution" by BT from Tomb Raiders

2003- "No Warning" by Brent Lewis

2004- "Marching Band Medley" from Drumline

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