Our next Region 5 Elite who chased Olympic Glory is Jaycie Phelps. Jaycie was born and raised in Greenfield, Indiana outside of Indianapolis.
Jaycie took a different road to the Olympic podium than Amanda Borden. In 1993 after finishing 24th as a junior at the National Championships, Jaycie was ready to throw in the towel and quit the sport of gymnastics. However, her parents urged her to give another coach a try and she agreed. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with her mom to begin training with Mary Lee Tracy. This move proved to be an extremely beneficial one for Jaycie. In 1994, Jaycie finished 6th as a senior at the 1994 National Championships cementing her spot on the US National Team. Jaycie would go on to compete in the 1994, 1995 & 1996 World Championships before qualifying to the 1996 Olympic Team. Like her teammate, Jaycie would also find her name in the FIG Code of Points with the “Phelps” (video from USAGym) on Vault.
Jaycie, who really started gaining momentum after arriving at CGA, enter into the Olympic Games with extreme confidence. Jaycie found herself being the leadoff athlete on two events (Vault & Bars). Between Jaycie and her CGA teammate Amanda Borden, CGA lead off every event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Jaycie competed on all four events in the team competition. Even though she did not qualify to an event finals or walk away from the games with an individual medal, Jaycie did come away with an Olympic Gold Medal.
In 1999 Jaycie did make a comeback in hopes of trying to make the 2000 Olympic Team. Jaycie qualified to the 2000 National Championships, but only competed on one event day 1 due to a knee injury, she petitioned to the Olympic Trials but her petition was denied. Jaycie decided to officially retire from the sport of gymnastics.
In 2010, Jaycie Phelps and Dave Marus opened Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center (JPAC) in her hometown of Greenfield, Indiana. Jaycie has become an extremely successful coach having qualified many of her athletes to the JO National Championships and have many gymnasts receive college scholarships to top universities in the country.
On July 4th, 2014 Jaycie and Dave Marus tied the knot in front of friends and family in Greenfield, Indiana.
Jaycie Phelps Gold Medal Winning Routines from Atlanta
***Photos from Google Search, Videos from DionneWarwick Youtube Page***