Kip Simons was born in 1972, and
named after Kip Keino, an African gold medalist in long distance
running at the 1972 Olympics. Following his namesake's famous
footsteps, Simons also became an Olympian, albeit not in long
distance running, but as a member of the 1996 U.S. Men's
Gymnastics team. Ironically, the name 'Kip' is also the name of a
Simons served notice to the
gymnastics community at the 1998 Junior Pan American Games,
winning gold in the AA and four event finals. As an Ohio State
Buckeye gymnast from 1990-1994, Simons competed in the NCAA
Championships all four seasons, earning All-American honours his
final two seasons. Other top honours include Big Ten Freshman of
the Year and Team Captain his senior year. At the conclusion of
his senior year, Simons was awarded the 1994 Nissen Award
(collegiate gymnastics' version of the Heisman Trophy) and
subsequently was named Ohio State's 1994 Athlete of the Year.
Following college, Kip gained
valuable international experience in the 1994 and 1995 World
Championships and 1995 Pan American Games. In 1996, Simons
fulfilled his Olympic dream when he earned a spot on the U.S.
Men's gymnastics team. In Atlanta, his team placed fifth overall
-- the strongest showing for an American men's gymnastics team
Following the Olympics, Simons and
his teamates enjoyed much fame and attention. A native of
Bloomsburg, PA, Simons was honoured with a "Kip Simons
Day" Parade. In addition, the town renamed a boulevard
"Kip Simons Boulevard" in his honour. Together with
teamates from both the U.S. Men's and Women's Gymnastics teams,
Simons also performed in the John Hancock Tours of World
Gymnastics Champions. Later he competed in a variety of
professional competitions, such as ESPN's Battle of the Sexes and
the 1999 Reese's Cup (where he was paired with John Macready).
Simons continues to persue a
multitude of mediums that incorporate his gymnastic talent. He
briefly relocated to New York City, where he worked with
ANTIGRAVITY, a dance/acrobatics troupe that has employed such
talents as Svetlana Boguinskaia, Kristie Phillips, Wendy Hilliard
and Olga Chudina. While in New
York, Simons did some commercial and print advertisements, as
well as motivational speaking engagements.
In August of 1997, Simons moved to
Ann Arbor, Michigan to work as the Assistant Gymnastics Coach for
the University of Michigan. In his spare time, Simons continues
to make numerous guest appearances. This summer he is scheduled
to make a coaching appearance at the International
Gymnastics Camp, and also perform on
several sailings of Norwegian Cruise Line's ship, the Norwegian
Wind. Incidentally, these performances will be followed by
the return of 1988 Olympian Lance Ringnald, who will reprise his
acrobatics in the Norwegian Cruise Line's show, Sea Legs
Circus at Sea.
For more information about Kip,
please visit his (infrequently updated) official website.
(March 11, 2001). Kip is now an assistant coach at the University of California
(August 21, 2005). Kip has been named Head Coach for the men's gymnastics team
at the Air Force Academy (USAFA).
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