June 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's gymnastics team has added Jake Martin to the 2013 squad, head coach Rustam Sharipov announced Monday. Martin, a native of Oviedo, Fla., was a three-time U.S. junior national team member from 2009-11.
"We are really excited that Jake joined our program this summer," Sharipov said. "This will give him more time to adjust to college life and he will make a huge impact on our team this upcoming year."
Martin claimed Top 5 marks in the men's junior (16-18) all-around competition at the Visa Championships in both 2010 and 2011. Martin, who was coached under current assistant coach Casimiro Suarez from 2009-2011 at Orlando Metro Gymnastics, claimed a gold medal in the all-around competition of the 2010 Junior Olympic National Championships.
Martin competed in his first men's senior elite meet at the 2012 Visa Championships, finishing 20th overall in the all-around competition, including an 86.40 mark in the finals. He finished 11th overall on high bar with a two-day total of 28.70 and 14th overall on vault with a 31.00 two-day mark.
Other highlights from Martin's junior career include:
2011 Visa Championships - 3rd-SR, VT, HB; 4th-AA;(Jr. 16-18)
2011 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships - 2nd-AA, HB; 3rd-VT;(L10 16-18)
2011 Winter Cup Challenge - 8th-HB
2010 Visa Championships - 1st-HB(T); 2nd-PH; 3rd-AA; 4th-VT;(Jr. 14-15)
2010 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships - 1st-AA, HB; 3rd-PH(T), SR(T), VT;(L10 14-15) 2nd team
2009 Visa Championships - 2nd-VT(T), HB; 3rd-AA; 4th-FX(T); Jr., 14-15) .)
2009 Junior Pan American Championships - 2nd-Team; 5th-PH
Three-time U.S. Junior National Team member (2009-11)
Click above to watch a video interview with Martin.