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Jamie Nieto - USA, High jump - Sacramento City College

Jamie Nieto began high-jumping in 1993, while attending Valley High School in Sacramento, Calif. As a junior, he discovered that he had a talent and had a lot of fun high jumping. Nieto went to Sacramento City College with the goal of getting a degree, clearing 7-feet and getting a scholarship. He accomplished all three things. He jumped 7 feet 0 ¼ (2.14m) and started to develop a hunger for the Olympics, he said. The 1995 US Outdoor National Championships came to Sacramento City College and Nieto was able to watch elite high jumpers for the very first time. He said he saw Charles Austin jump 7’5 ¼ (2.27m) to win the meet.

Nieto continued to prove that he is one of the nation’s best men’s high jumpers with his third-place finish at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, and by placing fourth a the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque. Nieto had a strong season in 2008 highlighted by his runner-up finish at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. However, Nieto did not qualify for a spot on the Team USA roster for Beijing because he did not clear the Olympic "A" qualifying standard of 2.30m/7-6.50 during the designated time frame prior to, or during the Trials.

Nieto, who earned an associate's degree at Sacramanto City College and a bachelor's degree at Eastern Michigan University, equaled hiss best clearance in 2008 with a jump of 2.30m/7-6.50. It happened on July 12 following the Olympic Trials. It was his best performance since clearing that identical height in 2005. Nieto enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2003 with his win at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. He’s only gotten better, winning the 2004 Olympic Trials in his hometown of Sacrmaento, Calif. and taking fourth at the Olympic Games in Athens, with a personal best clearance of 2.34m/7-8.

Ranked among the top 10 U.S. jumpers since 1998, Nieto had never been ranked higher than fourth – or finished higher than fourth at the USA Outdoor Championships – before winning the 2003 national title, his first national crown on any level. In 2003, he equaled his then personal best of 2.30m/7-6.5 on three occasions – at the USA Championships, in Madrid and at Eberstadt, Germany. Also in 2003 Nieto posted six of the top eight clearances by an American that season.

Nieto is a three-time All-American and has moved to Chula Vista to live at the Olympic Training Center … Nieto is coached by Cliff Rovelto of Kansas State, and he also works with Joe Radan, whom he calls his “mentor” … earned an Associates of Arts degree, bachelors of Business Administration.Nieto’s budding acting career includes featured roles in the movies The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown.

From www.usatf.org and www.jamienieto.com.