Big Ten Medal of Honor: Javier Balboa, Iowa Men's Gymnastics

June 5, 2013

Balboa earned his first All-America honors in men’s gymnastics this year, placing sixth in the all-around and eighth on the still rings at the NCAA Championships. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, he is Iowa's first all-around All-American since 2005 and the first to earn All-America honors in multiple events since former Hawkeye Michael Reavis in 2005. The 2013 Big Ten still rings champion and first team All-Big Ten honoree, Balboa is a three-time Dean’s List student, a two-time academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time UI President’s Committee on Athletics medallion winner. He earned Iowa’s Dick Holzaepfel Most Valuable Gymnast honor in 2012, and will graduate with a B.A. in economics in May. He was recently named Iowa’s nominee for the 2013 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award.