Dr. Amy Chow of San Francisco Bay Area is not only a pediatrician, she is also an Olympian gymnast, who will finally be receiving her long awaited Bronze medal from 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Chow, was part of the 1996 “Magnificent 7″ US gymnastics team where she earned team gold and an individual medal in uneven bars. In 2000, she was part of Team USA again, but the women placed 4th at the Sydney games. Not since 1976, has the the American women’s gymnastics team walked away without a medal.
However, 2008 Beijing Olympics raised the issue of underage participants, where one of Chinese women’s gymnasts was under the required age of 16. Investigation by the International Gymnastics Federation also revealed that in 2000 a similar case proved to be a disqualifier of the Bronze winning Chinese team, where Dong Fangxiao was just 14 during the competition.
Dr. Chow says, “During the games we were disappointed with the placing. It’s really exciting to get a medal but I really feel bad for the Chinese. They were working just as hard was we were and their dreams were just as big dreams as ours were so I feel bad for them.”
The International Olympic Committee is in the process of getting the bronze medals back from the Chinese team and will redistribute to the American women’s team.
The other members of the 2000 US Women’s Gymnastics team are Jamie Dantzscher, Dominique Dawes, Kristin Maloney, Elise Ray and Tasha Schwikert.