Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Amanda Borden, Magnificent #3

This is Amanda Borden, Olympic gold medalist. I usually don't mention where the gymnasts live, but this one is very interesting.

Did You Know?
That a US athlete lives less than an hour away from you? That's right, and that person is Amanda Borden. She lives in Cinncinnati, Ohio.

Amanda even has a story.
Amanda Kathleen Borden (born May 10, 1977) is an American gymnast, who was one of the members of the gold medalist United States team in the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Magnificent 7.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Finneytown High School, Borden trained under coach Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. She took up gymnastics in 1984, and spent six years on the US women's national team (1990, 1992–97), competing in the 1993 World Championships, and making the event finals on uneven bars in the 1994 World Championships before leading the United States to gold in the 1996 Olympics. She also originated an original element, a twisting straddle pike jump on the balance beam, which is named after her in the Code of Points.[citation needed]

After her victory as part of the team nicknamed the "magnificent seven", Borden appeared in numerous national tours and television appearances. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in early childhood education, though she was unable to compete under NCAA rules, having gained professional athlete status from promotional work.

In May 2006, Amanda married Brad Cochran, and the couple currently owns the Gold Medal Gym in Tempe, AZ. At age 30, she gave birth to her first child - a daughter, Kennedy Faith, who arrived at 5:45 pm on July 29, 2007.

That's Amanda's story!

Still four more gymnasts to go, who's next???

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