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Melissa Marlowe
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Marlowe at the 1988 Olympic Games

Nickname(s)

Missy

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

August 25 1971 (1971-08-25) (age 45)
Maisières, Hainaut, Belgium

Years on National Team

1984-1988

Club

Rocky Mountain Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Mark Lee

Current status

Retired

College team

University of Utah

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.

Career

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).

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1983U.S. Classic5
1984Champions All3rd2nd
Cup of Antibes8
Chuninchi Cup13
1985Junior American Classic1st1st
U.S. Classic 43rd
Catina Cup2nd2nd1st43rd
Golden Sands Invitational92nd43rd
1986American Classic1st
U.S. National Championships10
Kips Invitational51st1st1st
USA vs USSR9
Switzerland vs. Holland vs. USA1st
International Mixed Pairs13
Brazil Cup2nd2nd2nd
1987American Classic1st
U.S. National Championships2nd1st3rd6
USA vs. USSR751st6
Indianapolis Pan American Games1st41st
Rotterdam World Championships623
1988American Classic1st
U.S. National Championships11
Las Vegas Sports Festival8
USA vs. USSR10
U.S. Olympic Trials6
Seoul Olympic Games4

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