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    Jordan Valdez
    Jordan Valdez
    Class:
    RS Junior

    Hometown:
    Louisville, Colo.

    High School:
    Cinco Ranch High School

    Height / Weight:
    5-6 / 137

    Event:
    PB, HB

    Birthdate:
    05/01/1992

    04/11/2014

    Fighting Illini Take Fourth at NCAA Championships

    Maestas earned All-America recognition in all-around, 6 Illini qualified for event finals

    12/08/2013

    Blue Wins Orange and Blue Exhibition

    Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year

    12/06/2013

    Illinois Gymnastics Set for Orange & Blue Exhibition

    Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.

    04/17/2013

    #7 Illini Ready to Defend Title at NCAA Championships

    April 19-21, 2013 // University Park, Pa. // Recreation Building

    04/04/2013

    #6 Illini Set to Compete for Fifth Straight Big Ten Title this Weekend

    Illinois will compete in team finals Friday, event finals Saturday

    03/09/2013

    Illinois vs. Minnesota (Match Play)

    The Illini took down Minnesota, 21-9, in a match play meet on March 8, 2013.

    12/11/2012

    Orange & Blue Exhibition

    Blue defeated Orange in exhibition meet on Dec. 9 at Huff Hall

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • All-American (High Bar, 2012)
  • CGA All-American Scholar-Athlete (2012)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
  • Fighting Illini Newcomer of the Year Finalist (2011)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree (2011)
  • U.S. Junior National Team Member (2010)
  • Junior Visa Championships Gold Medalist (Parallel Bars, 2010)
  • Junior Visa Championships (3rd on Pommel Horse, 4th on Floor Exercise and All-Around, 2010)
  • Junior Olympics National Championships (4th on Parallel Bars, 2010)
  • U.S. Junior National Team Member (2009)
  • Junior Visa Championships Gold Medalist (High Bar, 2009)
  • Junior Visa Championships (5th on Parallel Bars, 6th in All-Around, 7th on Vault, 2009)
  • National Qualifier (1st in All-Around, 2009)
  • Valdez's Career Highs
    Floor Exercise: 14.400 (at Michigan, 2/12/11)
    Pommel Horse: 13.000 (at Michigan, 2/12/11)
    Still Rings: 14.500 (at UIC, 1/12/13)
    Vault: 14.700 (vs. Ohio State, 3/2/12)
    Parallel Bars: 15.300 (at Nebraska Invitational, 3/15/14)
    High Bar: 15.550 (at Iowa, 2/7/14)
    All-Around: 82.850 (at Michigan, 2/12/11)

    2014 // RS Junior
    Had 15 top-five finishes during the regular season ... Won six high bar titles ... Set career high on parallel bars at the Nebraska Invitational ... Set career high on high bar at Iowa (15.550).

    2013 // Junior
    Won the high bar at UIC and the Metroplex Challenge and placed second at the Windy City Invitational ... Competed in the first five meets of the season before suffering a season-ending injury.


    2012 // Sophomore
    Earned All-America status on high bar at NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish during event finals ... Finished third on high bar during Big Ten Individual Event Finals ... Captured three titles, one on high bar against UIC and two on parallel bars against UIC and at Big Ten Team Finals ... Posted 11 top-five finishes ... Competed in 13 meets, including Big Ten and NCAA event finals ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Chosen by teammates as one of two captains for 2013 season ... Replaced his career highs on vault, parallel bars and high bar.

    2011 // Freshman
    Competed in every meet, primarily on parallel bars and high bar ... Recorded 19 top-five finishes and individual titles on high bar and all-around ... Reached the individual event finals on parallel bars and high bar at the Big Ten Championships ... Earned the team's Fighting Illini Attitude Award ... Illinois Newcomer of the Year finalist ... Garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 31 ... Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

    High School/Club
    Graduate of Cinco Ranch High School ... Two-time U.S. Junior National team member ... Gold medalist on parallel bars at 2010 Junior Visa Championships ... Also placed third on pommel horse and fourth in the all-around and on floor exercise at 2010 Visas ... Placed fourth on parallel bars at 2010 Junior Olympics National Championships ... Gold medalist on high bar at 2009 Junior Visa Championships ... Also placed fifth on parallel bars, sixth in the all-around and seventh on vault ... Claimed first place in the all-around at the 2009 national qualifier ... Was member of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics (2003-09) and Champion Gymnastics Academy (2009-10) ... Earned 2010 Team Captain award.

    Personal
    Born Jordan Crawford Valdez on May 1, 1992 ... Son of John Valdez and Amy Teetzel ... Has three siblings, Marc, Ian and Erin ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Hobbies include watching tv, seeing movies, hanging out with friends, relaxing outside and riding his bike ... His biggest thrill in sports is sticking his dismount after a great routine ... Favorite athlete is Rob Dyrdek because "he is a great skateboarder and I love his show on MTV" ... Lists his club coach, Rob, as most influencing his athletic career because "no matter what mood I was in or how well I felt, he always believed in me and pushed me to become the gymnast I am today" ... Would possibly like to go to physical therapy or massage therapy school after graduation.

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