Melissa "Missy" Marlowe (born August 25 in Maisières) is a Belgian-born American gymnast. She trained at Rocky Mountain Gymnastics in Salt Lake City, Utah, coached by Mark Lee, and represented the United States at the Olympics in Seoul.
Marlowe began gymnastics at a young age, and spent much of her competitive career with Mark Lee of Rocky Mountain Gymnastics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her international debut came at the Cup of Antibes in 1984, where she placed eighth in the all-around. She continued to compete internationally, winning gold and silver in the all-around at competitions like the Brazil Cup and friendly competitions against Holland and Switzerland. She was a member of the US team for the 1987 World Championships, where they placed sixth.
With her strong performance at the 1987 US Nationals (2nd AA), Marlowe demonstrated that she was a strong contender for the 1988 Olympic team. She was also voted "Athlete of the Year" by her teammates in 1987. In the 1988 Olympic Trials in front of the home crowd, Marlowe moved up several spots from Nationals (she had a fall on beam) to 6th in the AA. This secured her the final spot on the team.
At the Olympics, there was some controversy in the team final. When teammate Kelly Garrison-Steves mounted the uneven bars, the team alternate removed the springboard then remained on the podium to watch her routine. This incurred a half a point in neutral deductions for breaking a scarcely used rule that only one person could be on the podium during a routine, and cost the Americans the bronze medal.
Unlike many of her teammates from the 1988 games, Marlowe retired from elite competition and began NCAA competition with the University of Utah. While there, Marlowe earned 1 perfect 10 on vault, 3 10's on uneven bars, 2 on balance beam, and one on floor. She made the list several times for Utah's all time best AA scores in competition, and was an All-American in all four of her competitive seasons (1989-1992).
|Cup of Antibes||8|
|1985||Junior American Classic||1st||1st|
|Golden Sands Invitational||9||2nd||4||3rd|
|U.S. National Championships||10|
|USA vs USSR||9|
|Switzerland vs. Holland vs. USA||1st|
|International Mixed Pairs||13|
|U.S. National Championships||2nd||1st||3rd||6|
|USA vs. USSR||7||5||1st||6|
|Indianapolis Pan American Games||1st||4||1st|
|Rotterdam World Championships||6||23|
|U.S. National Championships||11|
|Las Vegas Sports Festival||8|
|USA vs. USSR||10|
|U.S. Olympic Trials||6|
|Seoul Olympic Games||4|