James Okamoto

James  Okamoto


Yorba Linda, Calif.

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James Okamoto Named MW Scholar-Athlete

Okamoto is the seventh gymnast to earn the conference distinction.


Falcons Kick Off 2013 Hosting Rocky Mountain Open

The 32nd-annual meet begins at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet West Gym.


James Okamoto Repeats as MPSF Gymnast of the Week

Okamoto set the Academy pommel horse record (14.900) on Sunday.


James Okamoto Sets Academy Pommel Horse Record at Temple

The Falcons claimed four event titles in the tri-meet with Temple and Brockport.


James Okamoto Claims a Pair of Weekly Honors

Okamoto was honored by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the College Gymnastics Association.


NCAA Championships


MPSF Championships


Air Force vs. Washington


USAG Event Championships

Photos from the event finals of the USAG Championships.


USAG Team Championships

Photos from the team finals of the USAG Championships.

SENIOR YEAR (2013): Team captain.

JUNIOR YEAR (2012): USAG All-American on the pommel horse and high bar...finished second on both events at the USAG Championships...Academy record-holder on that event following a 14.900 at Temple on Feb. 26...posted five additional scores ranked within the program's top 10...competed on that event in every meet...also ranked 10th all-time on the high bar with a career-high 14.250in the event finals of the USAG Championships...competed on the that event during 11 meets...won the pommel horse and high bar titles at the All-Academy Championships to help Air Force to its second straight team title...was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week following that weekend...also received the CGA Gymnast of the Week award and was selected as CollegeSports360 Primetime Performer...repeated as the MPSF Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 28 after a strong East Coast road trip...broke the Academy record to win the event title at Temple on Feb. 26...also placed within the top five on the floor exercise and high bar at that meet...won the high bar title two days later at Army and placed second on the pommel horse...advanced to the individual event preliminary round of the NCAA Championships on the pommel horse after placing 10th (14.350) at the National Qualifier...finished 21st in the event prelims (14.250)...claimed six event titles, including four on the pommel horse...competed on the floor exercise in eight meets...posted a career-best 14.400 at Army...vaulted during 11 meets, collecting a personal-best 14.200 at Army...became just the third Air Force gymnast to earn multiple invitations to the prestigious Winter Cup Challenge...did not compete at that meet due to injury...MPSF academic all-conference selection.

SOPHOMORE YEAR (2011): USAG National Champion on the pommel horse...USAG All-American...competed on the pommel horse in every competition...scored a season-high 14.400 at Nebraska...that score was the highest on the team in 2011 and the fifth-highest score in program history...recorded four of the eight-highest scores in Academy history...scored a 14.300 to win the pommel horse title at the Rocky Mountain Open...became the third Falcon to win a RMO title since 2000...earned the Academy's Athlete of the Week award following the Rocky Mountain Open...scored a 14.250 in the winning effort at the USAG Championships...matched that score at the NCAA national qualifier...placed 26th in the event preliminary round of the NCAA Championships (13.750)...won the pommel horse against Army (13.800)...helped Air Force sweep the event titles in the dual meet with the Black Knights...competed at the Winter Cup Challenge, placing ninth in the preliminary round...also debuted on the high bar...scored a personal-best 14.000 on three occasions (at Brockport, at Springfield, at USAG Championships/Team Finals)...those scores are tied for 15th on the program's all-time list...academic all-conference selection from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

FRESHMAN YEAR (2010): Earned the team's Freshman of the Year award...USAG All-American on the pommel horse...placed second on that event at the national event finals...also competed at the NCAA Championships on that event...competed on the pommel horse in every meet...recorded a career-best score of 14.600 at the team finals of the USAG Championships...that score is the third-highest total in Academy history...added five additional top-20 pommel horse scores, including four in the top 10...in collegiate debut, became just the second Air Force gymnast to clear the 14.000 mark on that event...competed on the floor exercise at the MPSF Championships, earning a score of 13.150.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Esperanza High School...Principal's Award...named Distinguished Aztec...selected to the Principal's Honor Roll...competed at the club level for South Coast Gymnastics Training Center...coached by Xiaoping Li and Jian Shen...four-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier...three-time J.O. national semi-finalist on the pommel horse...two-time J.O. national semi-finalist on the high bar...three-time USAG Academic All-American first-team selection...named Gymnast of the Year.

PERSONAL: Full name is James Tsurumatsu Okamoto...son of Thomas and Evelyn Okamoto...has two sisters, Ariel and Jean...majoring in management and earning a minor in Japanese...future plans include becoming a financial manager...served as Element Leader, Course Cadre and Assistant Flight Commander...has been named to the Dean's List during all six semesters...hobbies include rock climbing...made second trip to Japan as a part of the Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program...also took an academic class and worked Basic Cadet Training over the summer...has an uncle that served in the Marines and a grandfather who served in the Army...favorite event is the high bar...member of Cadet Squadron 07.

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