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Olympic Gymnast: Jake Dalton

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Jake Dalton

Jake Dalton

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Jake Dalton was a member of the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team, and the 2009, 2011, and 2013 world teams.

Oklahoma Connection:

Dalton was the 2012 NCAA all-around and parallel bars champion as a member of the University of Oklahoma gymnastics team. He also won the 2011 floor and vault titles, and helped the team win second overall both years.

Olympic teammate Jonathan Horton also competed for Oklahoma (though not at the same time as Dalton), as did 2012 Olympic alternates Alex Naddour, Chris Brooks, and Steven Legendre.

2011 Worlds:

Dalton was part of the bronze-medal-winning US team at the 2011 worlds, and was the first alternate into the individual event finals on floor. He ended up qualifying into the meet when Romania's four-time floor world champion Marian Dragulescu withdrew.

Dalton stepped out of bounds on his first pass and ended up eighth with a 15.133, in a stacked field that included future Olympic all-around champ Kohei Uchimura, 2008 Olympic floor champ Zou Kai, and two-time world floor champion Diego Hypolito. He said after, to USA Gymnastics, "Man, look at that line-up on floor...it's pretty ridiculous. It was an honor to compete with everybody out there." (Watch Dalton on floor at 2011 worlds.)

2012 Olympics:

Dalton led the team on vault and floor in the finals in London, with scores of 16.066 and 15.466, respectively. He also performed well on rings, but the US team had a rough day on pommel horse and a fall on vault, and finished fifth in the final standings. The final result was a disappointment for team USA, because the squad had ended in first place after the preliminary round.

Dalton qualified to the floor finals as well, earning fifth with a solid 15.333.

2013 Worlds:

Dalton earned his first world medal, a silver on floor, in 2013. His score, a 15.600, placed his ahead of four-time world all-around champ Kohei Uchimura, who earned bronze with a 15.500.

Gymnastics Results:

International:

  • 2013 World Championships, Antwerp, Belgium - 2nd-FX
  • 2013 Cottbus World Cup, Cottbus, Germany - 1st-VT; 4th-FX
  • 2013 French International World Cup, Paris, France - 2nd-HB; 3rd-FX
  • 2013 AT&T American Cup, Worcester, Mass. - 1st-AA
  • 2012 Olympic Games, London, England - 5th-Team, FX
  • 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships, Everett, Wash. - 1st-Team, FX; 4th-VT; 8th-SR
  • 2011 World Championships, Tokyo, Japan - 3rd-Team; 8th-FX
  • 2011 Stella Zakharova Cup, Kiev, Ukraine - 2nd-Team; 5th-AA
  • 2011 AT&T American Cup, Jacksonville, Fla. - 3rd-AA
  • 2010 Pan American Championships, Guadalajara, Mexico - 1st-Team; 3rd-FX; 6th-VT; 8th-AA
  • 2010 XXXV Memorial Blume, Barcelona, Spain - 7th-AA
  • 2009 International Junior Gymnastics Competition, Yokohama, Japan - 5th-FX, SR; 6th-AA, VT, HB; 8th-PB (Jr. Div.)

National:

  • 2013 P&G Championships (US nationals), Hartford, Conn. - 3rd-AA, FX; 4th-SR, HB; 6th-VT; 7th-PB
  • 2013 Winter Cup Challenge - Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-AA, FX, SR; 5th-VT, PB, HB(T)
  • 2012 US Olympic Trials, San Jose, Calif. - 1st-FX, VT; 4th-AA(T), PB; 6th-SR; 8th-HB
  • 2012 Visa Championships (US nationals), St. Louis, Mo. - 1st-FX, VT(T); 5th-AA(T); 6th-PB; 7th-SR; 8th-HB
  • 2012 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Norman, Okla. - 1st-AA, PB; 2nd-Team, FX; 3rd-SR, HB; 5th-VT
  • 2012 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 5th-SR
  • 2011 Visa Championships (US nationals), Saint Paul, Minn. - 1st-FX, VT; 5th-AA; 6th-SR, PB(T)
  • 2011 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Columbus, Ohio - 1st-FX, VT; 2nd-Team, PB; 4th-HB
  • 2011 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-AA, FX, VT; 2nd-PB; 3rd-SR; 6th-HB(T)
  • 2010 Visa Championships (US nationals), Hartford, Conn. - 2nd-FX; 8th-VT(T)
  • 2010 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, West Point, N.Y. - 2nd-VT; 3rd-Team; 4th-FX; 8th-AA
  • 2010 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 3rd-VT(T); 7th-FX(T); 8th-PB(T)
  • 2009 Visa Championships (US nationals), Dallas, Texas - 1st-VT
  • 2009 National Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 1st-VT; 4th-AA; 6th-PB
  • 2009 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio - 1st-FX, HB, VT; 2nd-AA
  • 2008 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Battle Creek, Mich. - 2nd-AA, FX; 3rd-PB; 5th-HB; 6th-SR, VT
  • 2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas - 1st-VT; 3rd-AA, HB(T); 7th-PB; 9th-SR (Jr., 16-18)
  • 2007 Visa Championships (US nationals), San Jose, Calif. - 1st-FX; 2nd-VT; 3rd-HB; 4th-AA (Jr. Div.)

 

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