Jalynne Dantzscher Retires From Gymnastics

Oct. 26, 2006

UCLA sophomore Jalynne Dantzscher (San Dimas, Calif./San Dimas HS) has retired from gymnastics due to a chronic back and rib injury, Bruin head coach Valorie Kondos Field announced Thursday. Dantzscher struggled with upper back and rib problems last year. After a summer of rest and concentrated rehab, she was unable to return to a competitive level of gymnastics without significant pain.

Dantzscher competed in every meet last season, earning high marks of 9.825 on bars, 9.65 on beam and 9.875 on floor. In what turned out to be her last competitive routine, she was a last-minute substitute on bars for an injured Ashley Peckett and scored a 9.8 at the NCAA Regional meet. Her performance earned her the team's Golden Paw award for best clutch performance. Dantzscher was the 2004 Level 10 national all-around and floor exercise champion and a fourth-place finisher on floor exercise at the 2002 USA National Championship (junior division).

'I had a great year last year. I have struggled with this injury for some time, and I'm sad that this happened, but I'm ready to move on and see what life has to offer now,' Dantzscher said. 'This gives me more opportunities to try new things, and I'm also excited to see my sister Janelle succeed in her career at UCLA as a gymnast. I will still be involved with the team in some capacity. I look at them as my family, and that's something that will always be a part of me forever, regardless of whether I'm competing or not.'

'It is always sad to see an athlete through an injury-retirement decision,' said Kondos Field. 'Jalynne has worked through this as well as anyone can be expected. She had a remarkable freshman year last season. She grew a lot as a mature athlete, and because of this, I strongly believe she is able to retire from gymnastics without any regrets.'

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