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Justin Spring

Gymnastics

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Biography
Spring is the son of Woody and Debbie Spring. Woody, a program manager for a defense technology company and a former astronaut, and Debbie, a physical education teacher, were both college gymnasts. Justin's sister, Sarah, attended Ohio State University, where she competed in gymnastics. She currently is a third-year medical student at Georgetown. Spring was an All-American from 2003-2006 at the University of Illinois. As a senior, he won the Nissen-Emery Award and was named the Big 10 Gymnast of the Year. Justin says his teammates had the most influence on his athletic career because they always kept him motivated. Spring is an assistant coach at the University of Illinois and after the 2008 Olympic Games, he plans on taking graduate courses at Illinois while continuing to train and coach. Spring has a rat terrier/black lab mix named Oscar and in his free time, he likes to host cookouts for his friends.

Personal Information
Hometown: Burke, VA
Began Gymnastics In: 1987
How did you get involved?: My parents were both gymnasts and so was my older sister. Putting me in it as well seemed like the right thing to do.
Favorite Gymnastics Thing: There is no limit to the sport. There are always new challenges and new things to learn.
School: University of Illinois
Grade: Graduated in 2006
Major: Communications

Interests Outside the Gym
Favorite Music/Book: Punk music
Favorite TV Show: Entourage, anything on Discovery HD
Favorite Food: Good steak and fish. I'll eat pretty much anything, though.
Hobbies: Poker

National Competition Results
2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif.: 1st-HB; 2nd-FX
2006 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Norman, Okla.: 1st-HB, PB; 2nd-Team, AA; 3rd-FX
2005 Visa Championships, Indianapolis, Ind.: 1st-HB; 3rd-VT
2005 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, West Point, N.Y.: 1st-PB; 2nd-HB; 3rd-Team
2005 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev.: 1st-HB
2004 Visa Championships, Nashville, Tenn.: 4th-HB
2004 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Champaign, Ill.: 1st-HB; 3rd-Team
2004 Winter Cup, Las Vegas, Nev.:
2002 U.S. Championships, Cleveland, Ohio: 3rd-PB
2002 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, San Diego, Calif.: 2nd-AA, VT
2001 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev.:
2000 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships, St. Louis, Mo.: 1st-AA, PB, HB; 2nd-PH(T), VT
2000 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Austin, Texas:
2000 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev.:
1999 John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Sacramento, Calif.: 1st-PB; 2nd-FX; 7th-AA
1999 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Houston, Texas:
1998 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Battle Creek, Mich.: 1st-PB; 2nd-VT

International Competition Results
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China: 3rd- Team
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 1st-PB; 3rd-Team; 6th-HB; 7th-FX
2007 World Cup, Moscow, Russia: 2nd-HB(T)
2006 World Cup, Ghent, Belgium: 6th-PB(T); 8th-HB
2005 World Championships, Melbourne, Australia:
2005 American Cup, Long Island, N.Y.: 2nd-HB(T)
2003 World University Games, Daegu, Korea: FX

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