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Danielle Ikoma
Nickname(s)Dani
Country represented United States
Born (1988-11-25) November 25, 1988 (age 31)
HometownNaperville, Illinois, United States
Height4 11"
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelCollege, Junior Olympic Level 10
ClubArena Gymnastics
College teamStanford Cardinal
Head coach(es)Kristen Smyth
Assistant coach(es)Chris Swircek, Mike Lorenzen, Tabitha Yim
Former coach(es)Dan Miller, Beth Miller
Retired2011

Danielle Ikoma (born November 25, 1988) is a Japanese American gymnast. She was a member of the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics team, 2-time Junior Olympic National beam champion, and inventor of the “Ikoma” skill, a switch-side ¾ leap, on beam.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Danielle Ikoma grew up in Naperville, Illinois and competed for Arena Gymnastics in Joliet, Illinois during high school.[1][2][3] Ikoma was a 6-time Junior Olympic Level 10 National Qualifier from 2001-2007, and a 3-time junior national team member in 2005-2007. [1][2][3][4] In 2005 and 2006 she captured the Junior Olympic national beam title.[1][2][3] In 2006, she was the first to compete a Johnson leap with an additional ¾ turn on beam at a national competition. The skill was named the “Ikoma” and assigned the highest difficulty level (E) at the Junior Olympic level.[5]

Ikoma attended Stanford University and competed for the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics team from 2007-2011.[2] In the 2009 season she was awarded Stanford's Most Improved Gymnast award. In 2010 she became a regular on beam, competing in all 14 competitions that season and was named Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Coaches/Women.[1][6] In the 2011 season she was named team captain and emerged as an all-around regular. She captured the all-around victory at Senior Night in her final home meet of her career.[1] She also helped Stanford secure a victory over #4 University of Utah as the final competitor on beam in front of 13,835 fans, handing Utah their first loss at home in 4 years.[1][7] That season she earned All-Pac-10 first team honors in the all-around.[1][8]

In 2014, Ikoma entered medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and graduated May 2018. In March 2018 she matched into Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she will complete her residency training from 2018-2022.[9][10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Danielle Ikoma - 2012 Women's Gymnastics Roster - Stanford University". gostanford.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Danielle Ikoma Signs With Stanford Gymnastics Program".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Gymnast shows work ethic pays off"".
  4. "USA Gymnastics - Women's Past Junior Olympic National Teams". usagym.org.
  5. "J.O. Skills - Firsts, Named Skills, and Innovators in Women's Artistic Gymnastics". sites.google.com.
  6. "Cardinal gymnasts honored".
  7. "Stanford notes: Second-ranked Stanford gymnasts top No. 4 Utes". 29 January 2011.
  8. Athletics, Stanford. "Five Stanford women named to All-Pac-10 gymnastics team".
  9. "Medical Students in Rockford Meet Their Match".
  10. Template:Https://medicine.uiowa.edu/obgyn/content/department-obgyn-welcomes-2018-residents


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