Jamie Nieto, 2-Time Olympian in the Men's High Jump for USA. Competed in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens and 2012 Olympic Games in London.
August 12, 2012
Immediate Press Release
2 Time Olympic High Jumper/Actor Jamie Nieto takes his last Bow
There comes a time when one takes his or her final bow. On September 30, 2012 at Zurich's Diamond league Invitational Track Meet, Jamie Nieto did just that. After taking his final jump, where he finished 7th, Jamie stated that he was filled with many emotions, but most of all he was thankful that God had brought him this far. Jamie has been competing for over a decade for the United States in the Men's high and has made history for the USA being the oldest High Jumper to ever to make an Olympic Team at the age of 35. Jamie has a personal best in the the High Jump at 7'8 (2.34m) and has been ranked within the top ten in the USA for the last 15 years of his athletic career. Making two Olympic Games, two Pan American Games, one World Championship team and finishing this season taking 6th in London's 2012 Olympic Games one can only be proud.
Jamie's success all started in 1993 at Valley High School in Sacramento, Ca when he discovered his talent at High Jumping while taking a break from basketball. At that moment Jamie had a new passion and wanted to take his talent to the highest level, the Olympics. However, the road wasn't going to be easy for Mr. Nieto. Not receiving a full scholarship for college, Jamie decided to attended Sacramento City College where he continued to work hard at his high Jump. From there, Jamie received a scholarship and attended Eastern Michigan University were he holds the school record at 7'6. Jamie Graduated from EMU with a Bachelor's in Business Administration.
Jamie's desire and dream to make an Olympic Team eventually became a reality in 2004 at the USA Olympic Trials in Sacramento, CA. Jamie not only made his first Olympic team, but won his first National Championship title in his home town. Jamie won with a jump of 7 feet 5 3/4 inches. Shortly after in Athens, Jamie placed 4th in the Men's High Jump with a personal best of 7'8 (2.34), one jump away from medaling.
In 2008, Jamie placed 2nd at USA Olympic trials, but due to a new ruling that required all athletes to have the "A" standard by the trials resulted in Jamie to not making that 2008 Olympic team. However Jamie jumped the standard 6 days after, but was still denied his spot on the team. It was at this time were Jamie took this opportunity to pursue his 2nd passion for Acting.
Since then Jamie has been acting for 7 years and has been in 5 feature films. "The Encounter," which is currently on netflix, Kontrast, Jerusalem Countdown, Redline and Baseball's Last Hero; The Roberto Clemente Story where Jamie plays the lead role of Roberto Clemente. Jamie now plans to release his first written and produced urban drama web series this Fall called, "Blood Brothers." Please check out Bloodbrotherswebseries.com and JamieNieto.com for more.
Jamie states that, "Your Only Limitations Are What You Believe Them To Be." To be a professional athlete, and to add an actor, it takes hard work and commitment. Whether you see Jamie Nieto on or off the track, he will always continue to raise the bar. Jamie may have taken his last bow on the track. However, it will not be the last time seeing or hearing of Mr. Nieto as he jumps onto another stage, Acting.
For more information on Jamie Nieto and/or to request an interview contact: Manager Damian Love at office (424.243.5236)