Gagnon Named Nissen-Emery Finalist
March 7, 2018

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University of Minnesota’s Joel Gagnon has been named a finalist for the 2018 Nissen-Emery Award. The Nissen-Emery Award is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast and is the most coveted award in collegiate gymnastics.

"I'm so happy for Joel being selected as a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award. He certainly embodies the qualities of an outstanding student-athlete," head coach Mike Burns said. "He excels in the gym, in the classroom and in his life. He is a man of great integrity and is a great role model for the rest of the young men in our program. Minnesota gymnastics is better for having Joel in our program." 

Gagnon is a three-time captain for the Gophers and is a two-time All-American on floor exercise. As just a freshman he broke the school record on floor with a 15.60. He helped lead the Gophers to the NCAA team finals in 2016 and 2017. He was also the school’s recipient of the 2017 Henry Williams Legacy Scholarship given to the top male student-athlete at the University of Minnesota.

Not only does Gagnon compete for the Gophers, but he is a current member of the Canadian National Team. He led Canada to the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships.

Gagnon is equally impressive in the classroom. He majors in aerospace engineering and mechanics and holds a 3.569 cumulative GPA. He is a two-time Academic All-Big honor and a two-time First Team CGA All-American Scholar Athlete and one-time Second Team CGA All-American Scholar Athlete.

As a team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years, Gagnon has put in over 50 hours of community service. He has helped organize team community service outings at Feed My Starving Children for three years.

On top of all this, Gagnon even has two skills name after him in the FIG Code of Points. He successfully competed two new parallel bars skills in separate international competitions called the Gagnon 1 and Gagnon 2.

Gagnon is one of seven finalists for the 2018 Nissen-Emery Award. Minnesota has had four individuals named the award winner. National Champion Ellis Mannon was the Gophers’ most recent award recipient in 2015.

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