Missy Marlowe (USA)

Photo by Matthew Barber

1983 Canadian Classic
1983 US Classic (Juniors: under 14 division): 5th AA
1984 Canadian Classic
1984 Champions All: 3rd AA, 2nd V
1984 Cup of Antibes: 8th AA
1984 Chunichi Cup: 13th AA
1985 American Classic: 1st AA, 1st BB
1985 US Classic: 4th AA, 3rd BB
1985 Catina Cup: 2nd AA, 2nd V, 1st UB, 4th BB, 3rd FX
1985 Golden Sands International Invitational: 9th AA, 2nd UB, 4th BB, 3rd FX
1986 American Classic: 1st AA
1986 Kips Invitational: 5th T, 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st FX
1986 US Nationals: 10th AA
1986 International Mixed Pairs: 13th (with Brian Babcock)
1986 American Cup: 4th AA (prelims)
1986 USA vs USSR: 9th AA (tie)
1986 Brazil Cup: 2nd AA (tie), 2nd UB, 2nd FX
1986 Switzerland vs Holland vs USA: 1st AA (tie)
1987 American Classic: 1st AA
1987 US Nationals: 2nd AA, 1st UB, 3rd BB, 6th FX
1987 USA vs USSR: 7th AA, 5th V (tie), 1st UB (tie), 6th FX (tie)
1987 Pan American Games: 1st T, 4th AA, 1st UB
1987 Worlds: 6th T, 23rd AA
1988 American Classic: 1st AA
1988 Las Vegas Sports Festival: 8th AA (with Mike Chaplin)
1988 USA vs USSR: 10th AA
1988 US National Championships
1988 US Olympic Trials: 6th AA
1988 US Olympic Games: 4th T
1995 Reese's Cup: 5th BB, 5th UB  

The majority of these results were compiled from information found within the programme handed out at the 1988 U.S. Nationals

Born in Belgium in 1971, Melissa (Missy Marlowe) began gymnastics at a young age, and spent much of her competitive career with Mark Lee of Rocky Mountain Gymnastics in Salt Lake City, Utah. With her strong performance at the 1987 US Nationals (2nd AA), Missy demonstrated that she was a strong contender for the 1988 Olympic team. She was also voted "Athlete of the Year" by her teammates in 1987. In the 1988 Olympic Trials in front of the home crowd, Missy moved up several spots from Nationals (she had a fall on beam) to 6th in the AA. This secured her the final spot on the team.

Unlike many of her teammates from the 1988 games, Missy retired from elite competition and began NCAA competition with the University of Utah. While there, Missy earned 1 perfect 10 on vault, 3 10's on uneven bars, 2 on balance beam, and one on floor. She made the list several times for Utah's all time best AA scores in competition, and was an All-American in all four of her competitive seasons (1989-1992).

Her success in the sport has continued; She is currently the owner and head coach of Missy Marlowe's Gymnastics and Sports Center, and in 2001 one of her students was invited to the USA's TOPS training camp.

Missy still resides in Salt Lake City and is married to former Utah football player, Joe Clausi. She is also has one stepson, Joseph. Due to her success in the sport, Missy has also emerged as a popular public speaker, and is a commentator for the University of Utah's gymnastics television coverage.

Looking for current information about other former U of Utah gymnasts? Click here to see our tribute to Sandy Woolsey, or visit the U of Utah gymnastics' Where are they Now? section.

Marlowe was born on August 25, 1971.

. This page was created on March 29, 1999 and last updated updated December 2001.


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