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  • B.S. Degree in Economics from University of Iowa
  • Co-Founder & Co-Owner of American Gymnast, LLC & J.W. Thornton, LLC
  • Married to Maryanna Thornton; 2 Children - Liam & McClure
  • 2-time NCAA Champion
  • 2-time World Team Member
  • Goodwill Games Silver Medalist
  • University of Iowa Hall of Fame Inductee (2009)
  • Gymnastics

    Jay competed as a world-class gymnast for 18 years, earning honors in the collegiate, national and international ranks. Competing for the University of Iowa from 1992 to 1996, Jay won 2 NCAA Championship Titles, 7 Big Ten Championship Titles, and set records in both the Floor Exercise and the All-Around for Iowa that still hold today. Jay is also a 2-time World Championship Team Member, a Silver Medalist at the 1998 Goodwill Games, and was a contender for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Teams.

    Jay Thornton - Straddle Planche


    Jay is Co-Owner and Manager of two companies, American Gymnast and J.W. Thornton, LLC. American Gymnast (www.American-Gymnast.com) is a premier online retailer of Gymnastics Equipment and Supplies, and a provider of online gymnastics training information. Jay managed the development and launch of two other American Gymnast owned projects that have revolutionized the dissemination of gymnastics information on the internet. Gymnastics on Demand (www.GymnasticsOnDemand.com) is an online gymnastics training system that allows subscribers access to hundreds of gymnastics video tutorials teaching sound gymnastics technique to coaches, gymnasts and judges. GymnastTube (www.GymnastTube.com) is the largest gymnastics-only video sharing community on the web, allowing users to view, search, upload, rate and comment on thousands of gymnastics videos organized by gymnasts for gymnasts.

    Building upon his expertise and success in online marketing, Jay founded J.W. Thornton, LLC (http://jwthornton.com), an e-business consultation practice. Jay provides clients with sound and proven online marketing and e-commerce techniques to help them achieve their business and financial goals.

    Jay Thornton - University of Iowa

     About Andy Thornton    

    Andy Thornton - Medical College of Georgia

    Hometown: Augusta, GA
    DOB: 11/1/79
    Began Gymnastics: Age 6
    Former Club: Hayden’s Gymnastics Academy (Evans, GA)
    College: University of Iowa (1998-2002), Augusta State University (2005-2006)

    Degree: Psychology/Premed


    USA National Accomplishments

    • Two-time Senior USA Championships Competitor
    • 2nd place Vault, 4th place Floor Ex, 5th place All-Around – 2001 U.S. National Qualifier
    • 6th place Vault – 2001 USA National Championships
    • 7th place Floor Ex – 2002 USA National Championship



    Collegiate Accomplishments

    • Full-Scholarship Athlete for University of Iowa
    • 3rd place Team - 2000 NCAA Championships
    • 7th place Floor Ex, 12th place All-Around – 2001 NCAA Championships
    • 5th place Team – 2002 NCAA Championships
    • Most Valuable Team Member Award for University of Iowa - 2002

    Junior Gymnastics Accomplishments

    • Junior National Team Member
    • 7th place All-Around – 1996 U.S. Junior National Championships
    • Alternate – 1996 Junior Pan American Games
    • 8th place All-Around, 4th place Floor Ex – 1997 Junior Olympic National Championships
    • Junior Olympic All-American on floor exercise, parallel bars, and all-around

    Coaching and Judging Experience

    • Seven years of coaching experience for boys’ competitive gymnastics
    • Has produced one junior national team member and national high bar champion
    • Nationally certified judge with seven years of judging experience
    • Head judge for parallel bars at 2005 Junior Olympic National Championships
    • Judged 2005 Big Ten Gymnastics Championships
    • Judged three seasons of men’s collegiate gymnastics
    Andy Thornton - Iron Cross on Rings

    • Expert analyst for radio broadcasts of 2003 World Championships and 2004 U.S. National Championships
    • Spotter and gymnastics analyst for NBC Sports Productions (2007)
    • Gymnastics analyst and column writer for Gymnast.com (2008) and american-gymnast.com (2009-present)
    • Provided online coverage of 2008 U.S. National Championships, 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, and 2008 Olympic Games for Gymnast.com
    • Provided onine coverage for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Games at http://www.nbcolympics.com


    • Earned M.D. from the Medical College of Georiga in 2010
    • Currently completing final year of residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC
    • Planning a career in Family Medicine

    Andy Thornton - Pommel Horse


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