Posts Tagged ‘Hope Spivey’

Whatever happened to almost everyone who was ever a Gym Dog?

December 8, 2007

Karin Lichey led the Georgia Gymdogs to the national title in 1999. Image via

The University of Georgia answers the question here.

Karin Lichey and her husband own a clothing store and a bar in Athens, Ga. Jenni Beathard and Lieutenant (Lieutenant!) Leah Brown became doctors. Go to the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and you might see showgirl Sierra Sapunar.

Many have remained involved in gymnastics, coaching or in the cases of Hope Spivey and Becky Oppenheimer, have opened their own gyms.

Way to go Geralen!

November 23, 2007

OK, so she flubbed her opening leap series and she went overtime and she only scored a 15.075, but aside from all that, Geralen Stack-Eaton was downright impressive on balance beam at the Glasgow Grand Prix.

Olympic Games? Not a chance. Note that although she had the meet of her life and placed sixth at the 2007 U.S. Championships, the 18-year-olf was passed over in favor of Samantha Peszek when National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi picked the World team training camp.  Probably because it was the meet of her life and she still ended up sixth.

Nevertheless, Geralen’s decent form and execution speaks well for her gym, the Parkettes of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Parkettes are almost as successful as they are constroversial — coach Donna Strauss receives a huge amount of flak for being dictorial and other criticize team members’ poor technique and numerous injuries.

CNN produced a rather unfavorable documentary about the gym in 2003, highlighting the challenges and sacrifices of Nicole Harris, Krista Jasper and Annie Fogarty.

Parkettes CNN Documentary, Part One:

They’ve also produced Olympians Kristen Maloney, Hope Spivey and Kim Kelly, and numerous Trials competitors.