Height: 5'10"
Weight: 160
Year: Senior
City/State: Greeley, Colo.
High School: Palmer
Experience: 3 Letters


Honors & Awards
  • 2000 CoSIDA Academic All-American (2nd Team)
  • 1998-99 Nebraska Co-Captain
  • 1998 NCAA Parallel Bars Champion
  • 1998 NCAA Pommel Horse Runner-up
  • 1998 MPSF Gymnast of the Year
  • 1997 NCAA Parallel Bars Champion
  • 1997 NCAA Horizontal Bar Champion
  • 1998 NCAA All-American (PH, PB)
  • 1997 NCAA All-American (V, HB, PB)
  • 1996 NCAA All-American (PH)
  • NACGC Scholastic All-American (three times)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (eight times)
  • 1996 Big Eight End-of-the-Year Honor Roll

2000: Senior Season
A three-time NCAA champion and six-time All-American, Marshall Nelson returned to competition after missing what was supposed to be his senior season in 1999, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during his first meet in 22 months he tied the Nebraska school record in the pommel horse with a 9.9...suffered second torn ACL of his career after dismounting from a parellel bars routine against Oklahoma...was cleared to compete at the NCAA Qualifier in the pommel horse only...placed 21st at NCAA Qualifiers in the pommel horse with a score of 9.475...earned NACGC Scholastic All-America honors for a third time...named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters.

1999: Redshirt Senior Season
Nelson redshirted after suffering an ACL injury in his left knee.

1998: Junior Season
Nelson captured the third NCAA title of his career, successfully defending his parallel bars title at the NCAA Championships...just missed becoming the second Husker gymnast to win the the pommel horse title, finishing second with a score of 9.7875...qualified for the NCAAs in four events (floor exercise, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars)...selected as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year, taking first on the horizontal bar (9.80) and placing second on pommel horse (9.75)...was ranked in the top 20 nationally in four events, including first on parallel bars (9.858 Regional Qualifying Score), fifth on horizontal bar (9.808 RQS), 15th on pommel horse and 17th on floor exercise (9.863)...was 16th in the all-around (56.983)...presented the Jim Hartung Award, symbolic of Nebraska's top gymnast...tied his then-career best on pommel horse (9.85) during the MPSF team competition...had three first-place showings on parallel bars, including a season-high score of 9.925 against Oklahoma and New Mexico...was either first or second on the team in five of his six events (all but still rings) and had first-place finishes on four apparatuses (FX, PH, PB, HB) during the season...named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters.

1997: Sophomore Season
Nelson competed in five of the six events during the 1997 season (all but still rings) and recorded the Huskers' highest score in all five...became the first NU gymnast since Wes Suter in 1985 to win two individual event finals in the same year when he took first on both the parallel bars and the horizontal bar... scored a school-record 9.95 on the parallel bars and a 9.7875 to win the horizontal bar title...also earned All-America honors on the vault with a fifth-place finish (9.6875)...qualified for the NCAA Championships in four events at the West Regional...captured the parallel bars (9.75) and high bar (9.825) titles at the MPSF Championships...nationally ranked in five events: floor exercise (4th), parallel bars (4th), pommel horse (7th), high bar (7th) and vault (12th)...won scholastic All-America honors...was selected to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters.

1996: Freshman Season
After missing three of NU's first six meets and being limited to one event for three others with a knee injury, Nelson was a key contributor as a freshman...earned All-America honors with a third-place finish on the pommel horse (9.825)...took first on pommel horse at the West Regional and was fourth at the MPSF Championships (9.625).

Nelson trained under Ron Bryant at the Olympic Training Center (1990-95).  At the 1994 U.S. Winter Cup meet, Nelson claimed second place in the all-around to earn a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team.

The son of Gerald Nelson and Iris Hernandez, Marshall was born July 9, 1976, in Greeley, Colo. A 1994 graduate of William J. Palmer High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the English major has a brother, Reid, and a sister; Emily.  Nelson trained full time at the Olympic Training Center for a year before enrolling at Nebraska in 1995.  His mother resides in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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