Whatever Happened to
Tim Daggett?

Daggett's Competitive Results

1979 Coca Cola International: 10th AA
1980 Cottbus Cup: 16th AA
1982 US Nationals: 4th AA, 5th PH, 6th RG (tie), 6th PB, 
1982 USA vs USSR: 1st T, 9th AA (tie)
1983 US Nationals: 5th AA, 1st PH, 2nd HB
1983 Coca Cola International: 3rd AA
1983 USA vs USSR: 2nd T, 9th AA
1983 Worlds: 4th T
1983 Pre-Olympic International Invitational: 2nd AA, 1st PH, 2nd PB, 2nd HB
1984 CHN vs USA: 2nd T, 7th AA
1984 US Nationals: 4th AA, 5th FX, 1st PH, 2nd RG (tie), 1st PB (tie), 1st HB (tie)
1984 US Olympic Trials: 3rd AA
1984 Olympics: 1st T, 3rd PH, 4th HB (tie)
1985 American Cup: 1st AA
1985 International Mixed Pairs: 4th AA
1985 US Nationals: 3rd AA, 2nd PH, 1st PB, 3rd FX
1985 Worlds: 9th T, 25th AA
1986 USA vs USSR: 2nd T, 10th AA
1986 American Cup: 8th AA (withdrew due to injury)
1986 International Mixed Pairs
1986 US Nationals: 1st AA, 6th PH, 3rd RG, 3rd V, 1st PB, 4th HB
1986 DTB Cup: 14th AA
1986 Goodwill Games: 5th T, 31st AA
1987 Pan Am Games: 1st T, 3rd AA, 1st PH, 4th HB, 6th PB
1987 Worlds: 9th T
1988 US Nationals: 43rd AA (withdrew due to injury), 5th PH
1988 US Olympic Trials: 23rd AA (withdrew due to injury)

Results compiled from information found at Gymn Forum and from the 1988 US Nationals program guide

Tim Daggett was born on May 22, 1962 in West Springfield, MA. The third of seven children, all of whom were athletic, Tim found his own passion in gymnastics. He began the sport at age 12, progressing rapidly to the elite ranks. Like many of his successful US contemporaries, Tim combined NCAA gymnastics with elite international competition.

Leading up to the 1984 Olympic Games, Tim was a favorite to make the team. In the 1984 US Nationals alone, he earned three gold medals. Tim did indeed make the team, finishing 3rd overall at the US Olympic Trials. A student at UCLA during the 1984 Olympic Games, Tim certainly benefited from the home court advantage at this meet. However, it was the Soviet bloc boycott of these Games that benefited the US the most. Although the Chinese men were considered the heavy favorites for team gold, the US men performed to their maximum and won team gold. Tim's perfect 10.0 on High Bar in the Men's team competition clinched the gold for the US team, and earned him a historic Olympic moment. Daggett and his teammates became known as the golden "boys of summer." In addition to the team gold, Tim earned a bronze on the pommel horse.

Unlike many of his newly famous teammates, Tim continued with elite gymnastics past the Olympics and past his collegiate career (he received his degree in Psychology from the UCLA in 1986). In attempt to continue to the 1988 Olympics - his second Olympic berth - Tim experienced a tragic accident at the 1987 World Championships in Rotterdam, Holland. His vault went horribly wrong and he landed very seriously, shattering several bones in his left leg and nearly severing an artery (which almost caused his to lose the leg). When Tim emerged from the hospital two weeks later, he was 25 pounds lighter...and extremely depressed. 

Months of grueling physiotherapy followed. In the Heart & Seoul documentary, Tim explained, "After I got hurt, it could have been real easy to give up, but for me to stop and to not at least try, if it was possible at all, is  just out of character for me...." Tim readily admitted that his quest to make the USA's Olympic team to Seoul was challenging, "there are days when I feel like I can't go on....but I just say...what is this for?... I look at my watch, and I go, 'What time is it in Seoul, Korea?' and that gets me going."

During the 1988 US Olympic trials, Tim found himself having to perform moves that he hadn't been able to practice since before his accident. Sheer determination resulted his miraculous 8th place finish after compulsories. Unfortunately, only one day of rest was scheduled between compulsories and optionals. This was not enough time for Tim's body to recuperate. Minutes before the competition, his medical staff advised him to withdraw, but Tim would not give up. He performed his FX, PH, and withdrew after rings. "I was able to go out there and try, and that was the most important thing." 

Tim has continued to leave his mark on the sport in many other areas. He gives motivational speeches to youth groups and organizations. To learn more about Tim's motivational and leadership speeches, go to http://www.leadingauthorities.com/search/biography.cfm/s/3105.htm. Tim is also a commentator for NBC, and returned to the Olympics in that capacity in 1992 and 1996. He is also a coach at his own gymnastics facility, Tim Daggett's Gold Medal Gymnastics in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Daggett was born on May 22, 1962.

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