Jamie Nieto
High Jumping by Jamie Nieto.
Personal information
Full nameJamie Earl Nieto
BornNovember 2, 1976 (1976-11-02) (age 47)
Seattle, Washington
Occupation(s)Athlete, Actor, Writer
Years active1993-2013
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
SportTrack and Field
EventHigh Jump
Achievements and titles
Personal bestHigh Jump: 2.34 (Athens 2004)
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2003 Santo Domingo High Jump

Jamie Earl "James" Nieto (born November 2, 1976) is an American high jumper and actor.[1][2][3]

His personal best jump is 2.34 metres (92 in), achieved at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He was the 2004 and 2012 USA Olympic Trials Champion as well as the 2003 USA Outdoor Champion with a jump of 2.30 metres (91 in).

Nieto attended Eastern Michigan University, Sacramento City College, and Valley High School.

Nieto suffered a serious injury resulting in paralysis while doing a back flip in April 2016.[4] In 2017, Nieto married Olympic hurdler Shevon Nieto, and in 2020, she sang an original song dedicated to Nieto on America's Got Talent.[5]

Nieto played baseball hall of famer Roberto Clemente in a movie named Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories.


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2nd
World Championships Paris, France 7th
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 2.34 m PB
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th
2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 6th
2012 Olympic Games London, England 5th


  1. ^ "Jamie Nieto". IAAF.org. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jamie Nieto". USATF.org. USA Track & Field. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "James Earl "Jamie" Nieto". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Lazo, Ryan (April 26, 2016). "Olympic high jumper in near-fatal fall after letting insurance lapse". New York Post.
  5. ^ "LI's Shevon Nieto goes from hurdling at Olympics to singing on 'America's Got Talent'". Newsday. June 29, 2020.