Clayton Strother

Birthdate: 10/28/1980
Program: Men's Artistic
Level: Senior
Current Residence: Richfield, MN
Club: Minnesota Valley Gymnastics
Head Coach: Russ Fystrom, Mike Burns


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Career Highlights

Strother was named to his first World Championships team in 2006, achieving one of his gymnastics goals. Strother is the son of Michael and Cynthia and has two older brothers, Matthew and Spencer. Strother is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is working on his master's degree in landscape architecture and urban planning. Strother's goals are to compete at the international level and to earn a spot on an Olympic Team. His role model is John Roethlisberger because he is very motivational and the hardest working gymnast Strother has ever met.
Personal Information

Nickname: Clay
Hometown: Jasper, TX

Name of College: University of Minnesota
College Graduation Year: 2003
Degree/Major: Environmental Design
Year you began gymnastics: 1987
Favorite Event: Pommel horse
How did you get involved in gymnastics: I started in a tumbling class in Jasper, Texas.
Favorite thing about gymnastics: The learning aspect is very challenging and rewarding.
What are your goals for gymnastics?: My goal is to make an Olympic Team.
Names of parents/guardians: Michael and Cynthia Strother
Names of sibling(s): Matthew and Spencer Strother

Interests Outside the Gym

Favorite school subject: History
Hobbies or favorite activities: bowling, board games, reading
Favorite music: Country music, David Gray
Favorite TV show(s): Friends, Project Runway, Will and Grace
Favorite Food: Cajun

National Competition Results

2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif. - 2nd-PH
2007 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 6th-PB
2006 Visa Championships, St. Paul, Minn. - 2nd-FX(T), VT; 4th-PH
2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 7th-AA
2005 Visa Championships, Indianapolis, Ind. -
2005 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 7th-AA
2004 Visa Championships, Nashville, Tenn. - 13th-AA
2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Anaheim, Calif. - 12th-AA
2002 U.S. Championships, Cleveland, Ohio - 3rd-FX, PH
2002 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. -
2001 National Championships, Philadelphia, Pa. -
2001 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-FX, PH; 2nd-AA

International Competition Results

2007 Good Luck Beijing International Tournament, Beijing, China - 8th-Team
2007 World Cup, Ghent, Belgium -
2006 World Championships, Aarhus, Denmark - Team
2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 2nd-FX; 3rd-PH, Team
2001 Romanian Invitational, Ploesti, Romania - 2nd-FX, PH, PB; 3rd-AA