Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year
Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
April 19-21, 2013 // University Park, Pa. // Recreation Building
Illinois will compete in team finals Friday, event finals Saturday
Illinois will honor seniors Brown, Mori, Phillips, Smurro prior to Saturday's meet
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.
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.
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.
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: 15.150 (at Iowa, 3/17/12)
High Bar: 15.100 (at UIC, 2/11/12)
All-Around: 82.850 (at Michigan, 2/12/11)