Amy Chow, Jamie Dantzscher, Dominique Dawes, Kristen Maloney, Elise Ray and Tasha Schwikert received their bronze medals for the 2000 Olympic Games in a medal ceremony Wednesday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The medals were awarded by Anita DeFrantz, an American member of the International Olympic Committee. Also on hand for the ceremony were Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, Michael Lynch of Visa and Mike English of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
After the International Olympic Committee, acting on recommendation from gymnastics’ international governing body, stripped the Chinese team of its bronze medals after learning that one of the athletes was age ineligible to compete in Sydney and moved the Americans into third place.
The bronze medals are identical in design to the medals awarded in Sydney, but are not the same ones returned by the Chinese federation. The IOC recast an entirely new set of medals for the new bronze medalists.
Scroll down for a Q&A with the members of the team.
Photo by John Cheng
We asked the members of the team about what they’ve been up to since the 2000 Sydney Games. Here are their responses:
"I finished gymnastics at UCLA in 2008 and graduated in 2009 with a degree in communications. I’m currently working on the TV show Make It or Break It. I interned with Fox Sports and at Beijing Olympics with NBC. I’ve done some commentary for Universal Sports. I’ll be working for Fox Sports this fall."
"I graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in International Development Studies. I’m actually taking some pre-req classes now so I can go back to school; I want to go to PA (physician’s assistant) school. I’d like to do something like Doctors Without Borders, something that’s more in line with my major, but something tangible. I’m also singing in three bands in the Asbury Park music scene here in New Jersey. One is a science fiction funk-rock group called Captain James and The Pain. I feel strongly about breaking out of the mold and making a new life. Gymnastics is a former life for me. I feel like I learned so many important lessons from it…but I want to live in the here and now."
"Since Sydney, I have lived in New York City and Aspen, Colorado…two beautiful and diverse places. I am currently going to school in Cincinnati, getting a degree in psychology. I have stayed active in gymnastics with choreography, clinics and camps. Up until this year, I participated in the national TOP camps. I love that program. But, this past year, I decided that I needed to get serious about my education, so I am pretty much focusing on school."
"I currently co-chair the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition with [New Orleans Saints quarterback] Drew Brees, focusing on Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. We’ll be out and about talking about fitness, sports and nutrition with a special focus on youth — obesity, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. I also do motivational and empowerment speaking, and some gymnastics coaching, to help mold the next generation. I’ve also been working with Yahoo! Sports. I covered the Super Bowl in 2009, and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver as well as Beijing in 2008. "
"I graduated from Michigan in 2005. I was in Cirque du Soleil for three years – one year training in Montreal, then one year performing in O and one year in Love. Now I’m in Maryland coaching, personal training, doing camps and some commentary on the Big Ten Network."
"I graduated from UCLA and did the Sea World shows during the summers, I also coached with Chris Waller at his club in California. I toured with Cirque du Soleil for a while and taught pre-school and coached in New York. Now I’m back home. I want to get into college coaching."
"I got married (to orthopedic surgeon Jason Ho), graduated from medical school and just finished my residency. I’m going into private practice in pediatrics. As far as working out, I’m diving a little now."