May Birthday Profile: Amy Chow

Amy Chow was one of the youngest members of the US team that clinched silver at the 1994 World Championships. In 1995 she had a very successful participation at the PanAmerican Games held in Argentina. She took gold with the team and on vault, silver on the uneven bars and bronze in the all-around. Unfortunately she missed her chance on the 1995 World team as she was injured, but a consistent and a high difficult set of skills earned her a place on the Olympic team set to compete at home in Atlanta.

At the historic performance of the Magnificent Seven, Amy performed on vault and bars; and after a celebrated win of the team gold, Amy advanced to the final in her strongest event: the uneven bars.  In the final she placed second, tied with China’s Bi Wenjing, with a score of 9.837.

After the successful Olympics, Amy retired and went to college. However in 2000 she made a comeback attempt along with all her teammates of the Magnificent Seven, with the exception of Amanda Borden. In the end only Dominique Dawes and Amy made it through and were included in the Sydney Olympics team.

Amy came back looking particularly strong on one event that she did not even compete at the Atlanta Olympics: the beam. She had a high difficulty skill set and the consistency that earned her the national title in 2000.

Qualifications in Sydney went very wrong for the defending Olympic champions and the United States barely made it to the team final in 6th place. Amy had an upsetting bars routine that kept her out of the final;on beam she missed the final by a narrow margin. However Amy did manage to qualify to the all-around final, fulfilling a dream that had not been achieved at the Atlanta Olympics.

In the finals the team improved their performance and finished in fourth place; individually Amy finished in 14th place in the all-around.

Ten years later, in 2010, it was discovered Dong Fangxiao’s age had been falsified and that she was underage at the Sydney Olympics so China was disqualified and the United States was awarded the team bronze; giving Amy her third Olympic medal and now she has one of each color.

After her second Olympics ended, she went back to college to become a pediatrician. As of 2010 Amy was practicing diving for the fun of it.

Amy Chow rocking the beam at the Olympic Trials in 2000

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1 Response

  1. louise says:

    She’s a beautiful gymnast who achieved so much! Thanks for the profile.

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