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Sam Peszek
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Peszek at the 2008 Olympic Games

Full name

Samantha Nicole Peszek

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

December 14 1991 (1991-12-14) (age 25)
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Height

5 ft. 0 in.

Club

Sharp's Gymnastics Academy
DeVeau's School of Gymnastics (former)

Coach(es)

Marvin Sharp
Peter Zhao & Tom Strange (former)

Current status

Retired

College team

UCLA Bruins

Twitter

@samanthapeszek

Samantha Nicole "Sam" Peszek (born December 14, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American national team gymnast. She was a member of the United States' 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics team.

Career

In 2007, Peszek competed on the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2007 Pan American Games.

In March 2008, she competed at the American Cup. She placed 3rd in the all-around competition, behind teammates Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson.

After a solid performance at the 2008 U.S. National Championships, Peszek continued to prove her worth to the U.S. team at the Olympic Trials. At the conclusion of the meet, when she was invited to the final Olympic selection camp, most experts, including NBC's analysts, predicted she would be selected for the team. Indeed, she was selected on July 19, 2008 at the conclusion of the selection camp in New Waverly, Texas. Along with Peszek, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, and Bridget Sloan were selected for the team.

During the 2008 Summer Olympics, Peszek was injured during warm-ups just minutes before the women's qualifier and was restricted to the Uneven Bars. She was the second gymnast to be injured on the 2008 Women's gymnastics Olympic team, the other being Chellsie Memmel After the Beijing Olympics, Samantha expressed her desire to continue her elite gymnastics career.

After letting her ankle heal Samantha competed for the first time after the Olympics at the 2009 CoverGirl Classic, where she competed only vault and beam, where she placed 2nd and 9th. She then decided to compete at the VISA Championships with hopes of making the world team as a 3-event specialist, due to a torn labrum in her shoulder she was waiting until after the World Championships to have surgery on. During the Championships she placed 2nd on beam and 7th on floor. Samantha was then added to the US National Team and made it to the 2nd and final selection camp, during which she pulled out and decided to get her torn labrum fixed. She signed with UCLA and has expressed a desire to compete at both NCAA and Elite gymnastics at the same time. In 2011, she won the balance beam title at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics championship with a routine including a full twisting tucked backs somersault, a very difficult and rare skill even in elite gymnastics.

At the 2013 National Championships in August, Peszek was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame with the rest of the 2007 World Championship team. 

Personal Life

Peszek is from McCordsville, Indiana. She is Catholic and graduated from Cathedral High School in 2010. She also attended St. Simon the Apostle Grade School where she got high honors.

After Beijing, Peter Zhao, Peszek's long-time coach at DeVeau's School of Gymnastics, retired from coaching and returned to China to help with his family business. Peszek transferred to Sharp's Gymnastics Academy. She currently trains alongside Olympic teammate Bridget Sloan.

In April 2009 Peszek announced on her Twitter that she had committed to UCLA to compete in NCAA gymnastics for the Bruins. She was the first of the 2008 US Women's Gymnastics team, apart from former collegiate athlete Alicia Sacramone, to announce NCAA intent.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2004Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships2nd2nd2nd2nd7
Junior U.S. Classic11710
Junior Visa Championships83rd109
USA/Canada1st
2005Junior U.S. Classic 82nd3rd
Junior Visa Championships71st2nd
Mexican International Invitational1st1st1st1st
2006International Gymnix1st1st3rd1st
Junior Pan American Championships1st42nd1st
Junior U.S. Classic2nd1st42nd1st
Junior Visa Championships3rd2nd3rd75
2007USA vs Great Britain International Competition1st3rd1st2nd1st
Rio de Janeiro Pan American Games1st
Visa Championships710910
Stuttgart World Championships1st
2008American Cup3rd2nd3rd3rd
City of Jesolo Trophy1st3rd
Visa Championships46510
U.S. Olympic Trials44641st
Beijing Olympic Games2nd
2009CoverGirl Classic2nd
Visa Championships2nd7
2011NCAA Gymnastics Championships2nd1st
2012NCAA Gymnastics Championships3rd7

Floor Music

2005-2006 - "Tale VII (Vivo Con Fuoco" by Goran Bregovic

2007 - "My Number One" by Helena Paparizou

2008 - "Whatever Lola Wants" by the Gotan Project

2009 - "Refleço De Luna (Déjeuner)" by Alacran/ "You" by N.O.H.A.

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