Chainey Umphrey was decorated with the “Most Impressive Performance” on the high bar at the 1994 Goodwill Games and, that same year, was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.” He later went on to become a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.
Chainey’s career dates back to the age of 13 when he made his first National Team and then two years later became National Champion. From there, he went on to represent the U.S. abroad in international competitions. In 1992, Chainey suffered a near career-ending injury. However, with the support of his family and friends, he returned to competition and was awarded the 1993 Hilton Bounce-Back Award for his recovery from an ankle injury.
Chainey was a four-time World Championships team member from 1989-1996 and an Individual Event World Championship Finalist from 1994-1996. He took fourth place on the high bar at the 1994 World Championships.
He attended UCLA as an undergraduate majoring in Physiological Science and was also a member and later captain of the UCLA Men’s Gymnastics Team. He graduated in 1994 and went on to medical school, graduating from UCLA Medical School in 2003. He subsequently finished two years of Orthopedic Surgery training at the University of Colorado.