Olympic Gymnast Jamie DantzscherM
Monday, February 12
Coronda Del Mar High School
2101 EastBluff Dr. Newport Beach
Sea King Theater
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Jamie talks about the pressure to be perfect, and the price she paid for peace.
It’s an honor and privilege to have Jamie speak for ONE. You will quickly find that she is committed to speaking for all.
Jamie was a member of the United States 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 floor exercise titles.
She competed in her first senior U.S. Nationals in 1997, finishing sixth in the all-around. Her placement would have qualified her to the U.S. squad for the 1997 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, but at 15, she was too young to meet the International Federation of Gymnastics’ newly raised minimum age requirement. She went on to compete at the 1999 World Artistic Gymnastics Championshipsin Tianjin, where she placed sixth with the American team.
In 2000, Jamie won her first national all-around medal, a bronze.[She placed fifth at the Olympic Trials, securing a berth on the U.S. team for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Jamie competed in the team finals, scoring 9.429 on vault, 9.700 on the uneven bars and 9.712 on floor. The U.S. team initially finished fourth, behind Romania, Russia, and China.
Jamie was one of the most visible members of the U.S. Olympic team in the media because of her outspoken opposition to the policies of the national team coordinator, Béla Károlyi, whom she called a “puppeteer”. Her opinions about Károlyi, which were echoed by some 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 it was discovered that the Chinese team had falsified the age of one of its gymnasts, Dong Fangxiao. Dong’s results were nullified, and the International Olympic Committee stripped the Chinese team of its medal.