2003-04 Honor Roll: Dan Gill

Dan Gill may have missed out on the U.S. Olympic team this summer, but his incredible 2003/2004 season made him an easy choice for our Bootleg honor Roll panel. Dan won gymnastics' equivalent of the Heisman Trophy this past year. That's good enough for us!

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall, Jed Lowrie, Matt Gentry and Tara Kirk.

The seventh recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is gymnast Dan Gill. The senior from fairfax, VA helped Stanford to an eighth-place NCAA finish this season, leading the squad with top-six finishes in the all-round, on pommel horse, horizontal bar, vault and floor exercise. He finished second in the individual all-around competition. All together, Gill captured five All-American honors – the most of any competitor at the NCAA’s.

Gill won the Nissen-Emery Award, gymnastics’ equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Along with swimmer Tara Kirk, Dan was also the recipient of the Stanford Athletic Board’s prestigious Al Masters Award for attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement. He was also named the 2004 MPSF Gymnast of the Year after capturing the conference all-around title.

At the 2004 U.S. Championships, Gill took second place on floor exercise, ninth place on high bar and 11th in the all-around competition. This past June, Gill competed at the Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials in Anaheim, CA but failed to make the U.S. Olympic team with a 12th place finish.

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