2002 — Runner-up on the uneven bars at the NCAA Championships with a score of 9.913 … Pac-10 uneven bars co-champion and an All-Pac-10 selection … Ranked fourth in the nation on the bars with an RQS of 9.935 … Scored 9.9 or better eight times, including six in her last seven meets … Set a career-high at Cal with a 9.975 on Feb. 17 … Had five victories on bars … Leadoff performer on beam scored 9.7 or better 11 times, with a season-high of 9.875 set at the Pac-10 Championships … Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year … Team co-captain.
2001 — Earned All-America honors on the two events on which she competed at the NCAA Championships, taking first-team honors on bars and second-team on beam … Tied for sixth on bars at the Championships … Scored a career-best 9.9 on beam in the leadoff position to help UCLA clinch the NCAA team title … Competed all-around for the first time in her collegiate career … Won the all-around at Cal State Fullerton Jan. 14 with a career-best 39.425 … Established career-highs at that meet on vault (9.85), beam (9.875) and floor (9.85) … Improved upon her best floor score with a first-place mark of 9.875 at Arizona State Jan. 26 … Scored a career-high 9.95 on bars at Michigan State Mar. 11 … Hit 28 of 30 routines in her career on bars and had nine 9.9+ bars scores on the year … West Region runner-up on bars … Averaged 9.855 on bars, 9.752 on beam and 9.767 on floor … Ranked 19th nationally on bars … Earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
2000 — Voted by conference coaches as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year … Also named UCLA’s Co-Rookie of the Year … Hit 13 of 14 bar routines and 11 of 12 beam routines … Scored a career-high 9.925 on bars Feb. 6 to get UCLA started on a record-breaking 49.7 team score … Scored career-highs of 9.8 on beam six times, including one at the NCAA Super Six … Holds a career-high of 9.85 on floor, with an average of 9.771 … Recorded five Top 3 finishes, including a second-place showing on beam at the UCLA Invitational.
Club — Returned to gymnastics in 1998 after a three-year hiatus … After beginning her elite career at Colorado Aerials under coaches Tom and Lori Forster, she trained at Black Hills Gymnastics under coach Dave Pisano … Competed internationally for the U.S. as a four-year national team member … 1995 national balance beam champion … Also placed seventh in the all-around and second on bars at the 1995 Nationals … Member of the bronze medalist U.S. team at the 1995 World Championships … Competed at the 1995 Pan Am Games, winning a team gold medal … Finished first in the all-around, beam and bars, second on floor and sixth on vault at the 1994 Olympic Festival … Silver medalist in the all-around, vault and beam at the 1994 Junior National Championships … Winner of the junior division all-around title at the 1994 American Classic … Placed first on bars, third in the all-around, fifth on vault and floor and seventh on beam at the 1993 Commonwealth Games … In her first international competition, she swept all four events and the all-around at the 1992 Mexican Olympic Festival.
Personal — While away from gymnastics, she took up diving and became a three-time All-American … As a freshman, she won the district championships, and as a sophomore, she placed third in the state … Also earned a varsity letter at Capital HS in tennis in 1997 … Favorite gymnastics event is the uneven bars … States her greatest athletic thrill as winning the 2001 NCAAs after such an intense competition … Spent the summer of 2001 studying wildlife research management and human-wildlife conflict issues in Kenya … Parents: Michael and Debbie Thompson … Has two older brothers, Kent and Brandon and an older sister, Jenny … Full name is Donielle Jean Thompson … Born February 17, 1981 in Denver, CO … Geography/Environmental Studies major.
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