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July 8, 2001 - Jason is currently working on petitioning into USAG National Championships. After having 2 sugery's on his knee since January, Jason is back and ready to go. He stayed out of the Gym Jam, just so he could protect his knee and give it a rest!

July 17, 2001 - Jasons petition to nationals was accepted!!!

July 29th, 2001 - As many of you have noticed Jason's site is down, as well as his message board. His webmaster is aware of that and the site will be returning soon! Also, there is a Jason Fan Package, they are looking for help in getting entries! It is being orginized by Jeannie at Jason Sensation Yahoo Club. Quoted by Jeannie:
Ok, I've decided I'm gonna do this fan package. I'd like to get as many contributions from you guys as possible. I think it would be great to send something to Jason from this club to encourage him before Nationals. I haven't decided on a deadline for getting things to me but we do have some time.

I'd like to do a fan book (similar to the Blaine Book if any of you know about that) however, if you'd like to send something else to Jason, you can include that too. You can send letters, poetry, drawings whatever your hearts desire. Have fun with it and be creative! Just be sure it's tasteful (I'm sure we won't have a problem with that cause you're all great fans but I just figured I'd throw that in there for good measure.)

If you'd like to make contributions or have any questions/comments/suggestions, you can e-mail me at Please help me make this something special for Jason.



August 4th, 2001 - First off, news about Jason's website, Jeff is still unable to access his computer, the site is still down. Fan Book will be sent soon. For Nationals News, the guys leave tomorrow to head out to Philly. Jason will be starting off his Nationals on High Bar Where he will perform 3rd. Good Luck Jason!

August 9th, 2001 - Last night Jason was in 12th Place Heading into finals! Finals are tomomrrow night, GOOD LUCK!

August 10th, 2001 - Jasons night started off great! (sound familer) well, things were going really good until Jason hit vault. After what seemed to be a good Kasamatu vault, Jason fell over grabbing his knee. He was then helped off the podium by a trainer and his coach. IG's live update at 8:37 PM said: Gatson is standing on his own and debating on whether to return to the competition, but has not rejoined his group. IG has reported that Jason has withdrawn from competition with a very early diagnosis of a sprained knee.

August 22nd, 2001 - Sorry about the delay in the news department. Jason didn't qualify to the World Team. He has headed back to colorado to have an MRI done on his knee. He is convinced it's just a sprain although his coaches think it might be the ACL again. Support Jason in any way you can, send him letters and stuff. Latest I've heard from "sources" is that the day after the competition Jason was up and walking and had a postitive attitude about the knee!

September 3rd, 2001 - it has been announced that Jason's knee injury was a torn ACL. The recovery time is about 9 months and at this point, the sugery hasn't been schedule.

September 15th, 2001 - In a recent interview with IG, Vitaly Marinich stated that he is confident in Jasons comeback. The knee injruy was the ACL, although not as serious as it was in 1999, the knee was 5% short of total disclation, according to Jasons other coach, Ron Brant. At this point, they aren't going to rush and have to be ready, so they are setting their comeback for 2003!

October 24th, 2001 - In the back of IG for this month there is a short article about Jason and a quick quote from Jasons father about his current condition!

February 21st, 2002 - There is an update on Jason at USA Gymnastics, includes quotes from his long time coaches!

March 7th, 2002 - This past week it has been announced that Jason as well as two other gymnasts have tested positive for drug use... to read more about it click here

June 12th, 2002 - JASON IS BACK IN ACTION!!!! His first competition back in a long time, Jason will be competing at the 2002 Nationals Qualifer! Although he may not be doing all events Jasons rotation begins in the second session on floor! good luck!!!

June 23rd, 2002 - There is an interview with Jason up at USA Gymnastics, click here to read it and there is an article about his comeback here

July 3rd, 2002 - WELCOME BACK JASON!!!! Jason competed in his first national competition since the 2000 Nationals on saturday! Although he didn't compete all events Jason did great. A few pictures of the competition can be found here and will be posted on the site at a later time!

July 20th, 2002 - It has been announced that the Qualifier was the first and last competition of Jason's 2002 Competition Season. With not qualifying to Nationals, and not being able to compete all around just quite yet, Jason's going to give his knee some more time to heal and he's going to continue to work on improving for the 2003 season and hopes of being on the 2003 World Team. Jason may make an appearence as a spectator at Nationals, although that is not yet confirmed!

December 15th, 2002 - Last night Jason competed in his first ALL AROUND competition since 2001, the Liukin Invitational... and WON!!!!!!! He scored a 55.350 all around and above 9.0 on each event! Congrats Jason!

January 25th, 2003 - Yesterday, Jason and the rest of the USTOC dominated the field at the rocky mountain open! Congrats to the guys, they're in prepreation for the Winter Cup coming up in February!

February 8th, 2003 - In last nights all around competition of the Winter Cup, Jason finished second to USOTC Teammate Brett McClure. Jason's all around score was a 54.450. Tonight is the event finals, good luck to Jason!

February 9th, 2003 - Jason continued to dominate the Winter cup in last nights event finals! Jason got 2nd place on still rings, and 1st on Parallel Bars! Congrats on an awesome competition Jason!

March 14th, 2003 - Jason will be competing this weekend in the Jurassic Classic invite. There are a few training pictures posted on Inside Gymnastics. Results will be posted when available!

March 15, 2003 - Today Jason competed at the Jurassic Classic and won the all around by over a point! He also helped team USA finish first in the team competition as well. This is Jasons first competition outside of the United States since 1999. Welcome back Jason!

May 20, 2003 - Jason competed at Nationals Qualifer this weekend and placed first all around in the competition and qualifed to Nationals which take place in just over a month. Jason had a great meet and looks forward to Nationals. Congrats Jason!

June 3, 2003 - After years of rehab, Jason is ready, and determined to do well at this nationals championships! Nationals is coming up soon and the start lists were posted at USA Gymnastics. Jason will begin the meet on vault and end the meet on still rings. Good Luck to Jason!

June 20, 2003 -
Prelims/EF9.4509.6509.2259.8009.2259.32556.675 (2)

June 22, 2003 - CONGRATS JASON! THE 2003 US NATIONALS SILVER MEDALIST!!!!!! Tonight, Jason beat long time rival Blaine Wilson, something he's been aiming for since 1999. Welcome Back Jason!!!!!

June 23, 2003 - Jason has been named an official member of the 2003 World Championships team. Only he and Paul Hamm have secured spots on the World Team, although the other 5 vying for spots are Blaine Wilson, Morgan Hamm, Sasha Ametev, & Brett McClure. Good Luck to Them! Jason was also named the gymnast with the best sportsman ship and was given this award last night at Nationals. The award is given to gymnasts who come back from something and show what fighters they are. The womens reciepiant was Liz Tricase!

July 13, 2003 - The Official US World Team Members were named today, Congrats to Jason for making the team! US Team Members are:
2003 World Championships Team (name, age, hometown/club)
Paul Hamm, 20, Waukesha, Wis./Chevron-Swiss Turners;
Jason Gatson, 22, Upland, Calif./Chevron-USOTC;
Blaine Wilson, 28, Columbus, Ohio/Chevron-Ohio State;
Morgan Hamm, 20, Waukesha, Wis./Chevron-Swiss Turners;
Brett McClure, 22, Mill Creek, Wash./Chevron-USOTC;
Raj Bhavsar, 22, Houston, Texas/Chevron-Ohio State;
Alternate: Alexander Artemev, 17, Lakewood, Colo./Team Gattaca;
Alternate: Guard Young, 26, Oklahoma City/Chevron-Oklahoma.

For a list of who will be competing on what event, please click HERE

August 14, 2003 - World Championships opening ceremonies begin tomorrow night. Jason and the rest of the mens team are geared up for a fierce competition! There are pictures and soundwaves available at Check them out!

August 15, 2003 - There is an article on USA Today about Jason as well as a video of his signature Parallel Bars Move! To view the article click here.

August 17, 2003 - Congrats to the men in tonights competition. As a team the USA Men are ranked 1ST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome guys! Jason's scores are as follows:
Team Prelims 9.237 9.700 9.325 9.512 9.55 9.412 56.736 227.743
Because of his awesome preformance tonight, Jason will be competing in the WORLD ALL AROUND FINAL COMPETITION! He is currently ranked 3rd all around behind usa teammate Paul Hamm! Jason qualifed into the event finals of Still Rings. Team finals where the team is in hopes of winning a gold medal will take place on Tuesday night starting at 9pm EST.

August 19, 2003 - CONGRATS JASON!!!!!!!!! USA TEAM WON THE SILVER MEDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is only the USA's third world team medal in the HISTORY of USA Gymnastics! In tonights competition the format was 6-3-3. Which means three gymnasts per event and all three scores count. That is the reason Jason didn't compete all around tonight. Here are his scores:
Team Finals - 9.712 - 9.725 - 8.975 28.412 171.121
After Jasons Parallel bars routine the crowd went wild, giving the biggest cheer of the night. He wound up going back up on the podium to wave to the crowd who cheered even louder the second time! Although celebrating will be done, Jason's competition is far from over as he still has to compete in the all around finals and still rings finals later on this week!

August 21, 2003 - Congrats Jason! Although he had a little bit of a rough night, Jason pulled through and placed 8th. His scores are:
All Around 8.862 9.675 9.237 9.562 9.462 9.450 56.248
Congrats to Jasons Teammate, World Champion, Paul Hamm. Jason will be competing on Sunday for a shot at the Still Rings Title. Good Luck Jas!

August 23rd, 2003 - Congrats Jason! He placed 7th in tonights rings final with a score of 9.662. He had an awesome routine and ended it with a smile. Way to go Jason, these world championships will truely be a memory. You rock buddy! There is an interview with Jason at Inside Gymnastics Click Here to read it!

September 17th, 2003 - Jason along with the rest of the 2003 USA Gymnastics World Championships Teams were named the Team of the month by the US Olympic Committee. Paul Hamm and Chellsie Memmel were also named the athletes of the month! Congrats to all!

September 18th, 2003 - It has been confirmed that Jason will be touring in the 2003 TJ Maxx tour this fall. For information on tickets and locations please click Here

October 4th, 2003 - The TJ Maxx Tour of Champions kicked off last night... here is the schedule for the rest of the tour!

October 3rdBridgeport, CTArena at Harbor YardTicketmaster7:30 p.m.
October 4thPhiladelphia, PAWachovia SpectrumTicketmaster7:00 p.m.
October 5thNorfolk, VANorfolk ScopeTicketmaster6:00 p.m.
October 9thChicago, ILUIC PavilionTicketmaster7:00 p.m.
October 10thGreen Bay, WIResch Centerticketstaronline.com7:00 p.m.
October 11thSt Paul, MNXcel Energy CenterTicketmaster7:30 p.m.
October 12thOmaha, NEQwest Center OmahaTicketmaster4:00 p.m.
October 16thDallas, TXAmerican Airlines CenterTicketmaster7:30 p.m.
October 19thHouston, TXToyota CenterHouston Toyota Center6:30 p.m.
They have also posted Jason's tour biography

October 31st, 2003 - The tour has finished out and the USA Team has headed back to their home gyms in order to continue to train for next years upcoming events. The next item on the mens schedule is the Senior Mens training camp in early December. Good luck to Jason with his training until then!

December 6th, 2003 - Jason has been invited by USA Gymnastics to attend the 2004 American Cup in Madison Square Gardens. The competition takes place on February 28th and will be televised LIVE! The other USA Men who have been invited are Ohio States: Blaine Wilson, Paul Hamm, & Morgan Hamm! The last time Jason competed in this meet was in 1999 where he came within tenths of beating Blaine Wilson. Stay tuned for more updates regarding the competition and tv dates. This week Jason welcomes the other members of the National Team to the Olympic Training Center for a mens training camp!