Jake Dalton’s biography, well his height and weight stats specifically, will give you the wrong impression. It’s always funny reading about gymnasts. When I read “5’5 120lbs.,” I think, “wow, that’s a little guy.” Of course, there are readily available photos of gymnasts shirtless, and my thoughts turn from their slight stature to their absolutely chiseled frame. If you were wondering, “is he talking about Jake Dalton right now,” you would be correct.
According to Jake Dalton’s biographical stats he was born on August 19, 1991, in Reno, NV., and grew up in Sparks, Nevada. While in high school, he attended Spanish Springs High School while training at Gym Nevada under vaunted gymnastics coach Andrew Pileggi. He won an NCAA scholarship to compete for the University of Oklahoma in 2009, where he had an impressive run. Jacob earned All-America honors, as well as winning the NCAA men’s gymnastics floor and vault titles in 2011. He was the U.S. National Vault champion in 2009 and 2011, and the Floor Champion in 2011 and the All-Around Gold medalist of the Winter Cup Challenge in 2011.
In addition to being an All-American. He would continue absolutely dominating NCAA gymnastics for the rest of his time in Norman as a student, and continues to live in Norman, OK. when not competing.
In 2012, Dalton was selected to the United States Gymnastics team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The team had been lauded as being the best American gymnastic team since the Americans won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. However, the team did not sure the success as their elders had, and finished fifth in 2012 for team competition and floor exercise.
JD continued competing in various events, dominating just as he had when he was at Oklahoma until a tear to his shoulder (the labrum, to be specific) forced him to take some time off from competition. Upon Jacob gave up his amateur status when he left the University of Oklahoma, he signed with adidas gymnastics, which is a pretty cool way of celebrating the fact that you can now get paid for putting your body through the strenuous efforts demanded of gymnastics.
2013 was good to Dalton. He won the bronze medal at the P&G National Championships en route to making the World Championships team and also picked up a silver medal for floor exercise at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
As most athletes do, Jake D. enjoys hair products, photos depicting his absolutely shredded physique, and documenting his day-to-day trials and tribulations as he attempts to win 15-20 gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Aside from being incredibly jealous at his talent and muscle-bound body, I am also jealous with the fact that he will be spending the summer in Rio de Janeiro with a ton of other beautiful people.
Jake’s fit as hell but claims to enjoy pizza and ramen. Dalton is also a college graduate. He has a degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated in 2014.
Best of luck to Jake and all other Americans, even though the events actually start in a few months, and will go on for what will surely seem like an entirety, we couldn’t resist giving you some Dalton biography excerpts.