Class of 1995
Determination and perseverance best personify Amanda Borden. After years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication to gymnastics, on her journey to Olympic gold in 1996 she became a three-time World Championship team member, a Pan-American double gold medalist, a six-time national team member, and the 1995 USAG Sportswoman of the Year. She led her teammates as captain of the 1996 USA Women’s Gymnastics Team to win the gold at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.
Since the 1996 Olympics, Amanda has tested her broadcasting wings as commentator for ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, CBS, and Universal Studios/Daniel Flannery Studios in their joint venture for the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Amanda also enjoys motivational speaking to groups of all ages and is honored to be considered a role model. She also is active in Special Olympics, Duschenne’s Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy, USAG’s Athlete's Advisory Council, and a board member of the 2012 Olympic endeavor for Cincinnati.
In 2000, Amanda was honored as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Cincinnatians” by the Cincinnati branch of the Jaycees and their nominee and a runner-up for the national “Ten Outstanding Young Americans.”
Amanda’s accomplishments in gymnastics, academics, motivational speaking, commentating and community service are remarkable. She has returned to Cottonwood, her elementary school, and the high school to speak about her experiences and to inspire today’s students to work hard to make their dreams come true.