by KELLEY GUSICH | photo by Dawn at Nicoli Productions

Flipping & Bouncing

student_spitzer1At two years old, Amanda Spitzer started flipping and bouncing in a Mommy and Me gymnastics class. She never stopped. When she turned six, a coach at her gym started a trampoline team; so, anxious to bounce, Amanda joined. “As I continued the sport of trampoline and tumbling. I began to love the event double-mini, and a few years ago, I decided to specialize in the event,” she said. “I’ve trained six days a week to become a senior elite, the highest level in gymnastics.”

The double-mini trampoline (DMT) event involves a smaller trampoline than regular competition size, with a sloped end and a flat bed. Athletes perform skills known as ‘passes’ – the mounter and the spotter – with one skill on the flat bed and one on the sloped end. Amanda is the 2015 U.S. double-mini trampoline bronze medalist. Winning that medal was an amazing honor in which all her hard work in and out of the gym paid off. “I got to stand on the podium next to two wonderful young women, both of whom have won individual golds at past World Championships as well as a team gold,” she explained. “I felt honored to be recognized with them.”


Name: Amanda Spitzer (17)
School: Vista High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Michael and Sandra
Siblings: Monica and Courtney
Favorite Local Spot: Old Town


Recently selected as an alternate for Team USA for the upcoming World Trampoline and Tumbling Championship, Amanda is excited and grateful to be traveling to Denmark to represent the U.S. “I cherish the feeling of competing in a leotard with a tiny patch of the American flag on the sleeve,” she shared. Her older sisters, Courtney and Monica, are her inspiration and she brags on them any chance she gets. Monica graduated pre-med from Notre Dame, and Courtney is a college gymnast at Cornell. Monica is involved with the Notre Dame Dance Company and Courtney is a gymnast in the East Coast Athletic Conference.

Recently selected as an alternate for Team USA for the upcoming World Trampoline and Tumbling Championship, Amanda is excited and grateful to be traveling to Denmark to represent the U.S.

student_spitzer2Heavily involved in school amidst her trying schedule, Amanda loves math and partakes in Panther Dancers, Character Leaders, and ASB. She plans on graduating IB from Vista High School this June, and with a perfect 36 on the ACT her goal is to study architecture at a prestigious university like Rice, Cornell, or UCLA. Amanda attributed much of her success to her family, with parents who celebrate every success but never pushed the girls to continue an activity they didn’t love. “They have taught us self-motivation and self-discipline,” Amanda smiled. “I cannot thank them enough.”