Ask The Bruins Chat Wrap: Jamie Dantzscher

April 15, 2004

Jeff Nardecchia (Detroit)
Jamie, First, I want to congratulate you on a fantastic career at UCLA. I have enjoyed seeing you and the Bruins compete both in Ann Arbor and at Pauley Pavilion; and I have always appreciated how gracious you are to your fans. What are your post-college plans, and will coaching be in your future?

Thank you. My plans for after the season definitely have coaching in them. I actually want Miss Val's job. My other plans are up in the air. I would love to act - commercials and either a sitcom or Saturday Night Live. I definitely love comedy. I also love Psychology and would want to work with troubled teens.

Yanni, El Centro
What has been the highlight of your college career to this point?

My favorite moment in my college career so far is winning the National Championship my freshman and junior years. Nothing is better than winning as a team!!!

Madison (Chicago)
Hi Jamie! I am a 9 year old gymnast, and I am really excited about watching the NCAA National Championships on TV. I was wondering how much of a difference it would make to you to have the meet at home, unlike some of the other meets this year, which were far away? Good luck this week!!!

I love competing at home!! It's a great feeling having so much support in Pauley Pavilion. Also, because I am from San Dimas, a lot of my friends and family get to watch. I am so excited that we are hosting Nationals this weekend!

Marta (Culver City)
Hey Jamie!!! Congrats on all your accomplishments in gymnastics! I've been following your career after 1996 until present and have gone to almost all the UCLA meets and I was wondering how hard was the transition from elite to college gymnastics? I taped all the Olympic Trials, I loved your floor routine, it's my favorite!!!!

The transition from elite to college gymnastics wasn't too difficult. I really enjoyed the fact that we didn't have to train as many hours. My body definitely has felt the difference. Also, to come in and be a part of a team right away was really amazing. Miss Val and my teammates made the adjustment for me so much easier.

Patty (Santa Monica)
Hi Jamie!!!! I went to the last home meet and I noticed you didn't compete all the events, and seemed in great pain when you landed the double layout. Is your injury really bad, and is it the same injury you had in the Olympics? Hope you feel better and good luck at nationals!!!

My injury is in my left ankle, and it is not the same as it was in the Olympics. I had surgery last June, and it didn't heal properly. I am in a lot of pain. This year has been very difficult for me because I cannot compete at my best because I am not healthy. However, I am just happy that I can be out there on bars and floor, and I have been a lot more fortunate than other gymnasts. I have no regrets, and my college career in gymnastics has been the best 4 years of my life!

Steve (San Dimas)
What were your goals heading into the 2004 season?

My goal for this season is to help my team win another National Championship!!!

Adrian, Laguna Niguel
Hi Jamie, you are an amazing gymnast. Are you more fulfilled and satisfied by your international career while representing the United States, or by your career as a UCLA gymnast? Are you recognized often on campus or on the streets as an Olympic gymnast, and if so, how do you handle that? Do you enjoy the popularity, or is it annoying, or are you shy about it?? Thanks for answering my questions!

My international and college careers have been two completely different experiences. It's hard to compare. I have accomplished many of my goals in both areas, and that's what I am happy about. As far as being recognized, it doesn't happen that often but when it does, I feel honored. I like when people recognize me because I love gymnastics fans! We need more of them!!

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