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Forty-two-year-old Jamie Nieto is a retired American high jumper who competed at the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games. His personal best in the event is 2.34m (7-8.00), which he clinched at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Also, in 2004, Nieto was the U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field men’s high jump champion with a leap of 2.33m (7-7.5).
 
In addition to being a two-time Olympian, Nieto boasts four USATF Championships titles, three Pan American silver medals, has competed on three IAAF World Championships teams, and was ranked top 10 in the world four times. 
 
Born in Seattle, Washington, Nieto attended Eastern Michigan University, Sacramento City College, and Valley High School. In April of 2016 Nieto suffered a serious injury resulting in paralysis while doing a back flip. He didn’t let this injury get the best of him and continues to thrive with regular physical therapy.  He vowed, “I will RUN again!” 
 
His proudest accomplishments on the track are making his first Olympic team in 2004 and later placing fourth at the Games.  He loved competing with his friends and making USATF teams.
 
When Jaime retired from the sport, he was satisfied with being done.  He knew that he would find future enjoyment through the different high jump camps that he would host and be able to give back to youth.  “I was happy with my accomplishments,” he said. “I did the best I could do!”
 
Jamie is currently living life to the fullest, finding enjoyment in working as an actor, writer and motivational speaker. Being on set each day gives him the opportunity to smile, laugh and have fun.  He loves to edit and is known as a punch writer for shows such as Family Time and In the Cut.  He plans to continue working on his own projects in the hopes of getting them greenlit. 
 
Jamie gives several pieces of advice to up-and-coming athletes including, “Your only limitations are what you believe them to be.” He says to know the history of your event.  He also warns to be aware of the potential of post-Olympic depression and not medaling at the games.  Through his fourth-place finish in the 2004 Olympic Games, he was able to learn that no matter what, he had to be satisfied with the results. He had set a new personal best but had missed out on medaling. He wanted more but he says, “You have to acknowledge what you were able to get done.  Know when you have given your all, be okay with it! Don’t be too hard on yourself and always recognize your accomplishments!”
 
You can find Jamie giving back to the sport through his annual Jamie Nieto Track Meet that is held every April. He has also been enjoying being a new husband to his wife and biggest supporter, Shevon. 
 
“Shevon has been my rock and I wouldn’t be here without her!” Jamie said. He is getting stronger and able to walk now with a cane, making sure to rehab weekly to work on his stability and movement. He triumphantly was able to walk his bride down the aisle on their wedding day. Mark his words, “I will RUN again!” 
 

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