Jennifer Sey (USA)

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1982 US Classic (Juniors): 12th AA
1982 Canadian Classic: 2nd AA
1983 TBS Cup: 3rd FX
1983 Parkette Invitational: 4th AA
1985 American Classic: 13th AA, 3rd FX
1985 U.S. Championships: 7th AA, 3rd FX
1985 U.S. Classic: 2nd AA, 3rd BB, 5th V, 1st FX
1985 USA vs France: 2nd AA
1985 USA vs China: 2nd FX
1985 U.S. World Championships Team Trials: 3rd AA
1985 World Championships: 6th T
1986 U.S. Championships: 1st AA, 4th UB
1986 Goodwill Games: 5th T, 21st AA
1986 Chunichi Cup: 16th AA (tie)
1986 Tokyo Cup Invitational
1987 American Classic: 3rd AA
1987 U.S. Championships: 8th AA, 5th BB
1987 American Cup: did not advance
1987 International Mixed Pairs: did not advance

Results compiled from 1988 U.S. Nationals event programme

At her first major international meet, the 1985 World Championships, Jennifer Sey fell off the uneven bars and broke her femur (one of the bones in the leg). At the time, she was not being spotted by her coach because the official rules prevented coaches from being on the podium during routines. As a result of this injury, the rules were changed to allow spotting (though not at Olympic competition).

When asked about her injury, Sey shrugged it off and responded that her father had broken his bones 17 times. Sey recovered remarkably well from her injury and to the surprise of many, won the 1986 U.S. National Championships less than a year later. Sey was the first National AA Champion that the Parkettes produced. Interestingly, the next time a Parkettes gymnast won the national title came twelve long years later, in 1998, when Kristen Maloney won the title in the very same building, Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Despite the apparent success that Jennifer received while training at Parkettes, the Sey family had problems with the coaching. Mark Sey, Jennifer's father, once called all coaches a case of arrested development in an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Not surprisingly, Jennifer later left the Parkettes to train at the Will-Moor School of Gymnastics in New Jersey. Jennifer retired soon thereafter, in early 1988, without attempting to make the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.

Like her brother Christopher, Jennifer attended Stanford for college. At one point following her retirement from gymnastics she coached at the International Gymnastics Camp in Stroudsburg, PA. She is now married with two sons.

April 2008: Jennifer has published Chalked Up, a book detailing her years as an elite gymnast. Read an interview with her about the book.

Jennifer Sey was born on February 23, 1969

. This page was created on April 3rd, 1999 and last updated 2008


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