Beginning with her 3rd place finish at the 1985 Nationals, Hope finished consistently in the top 5 at major US competitions, making her a strong contender for the 1988 Olympic Team. Her third place finish at the 1988 Nationals gave her solid foundation leading into the Olympic Trials where she also finished 3rd. Hope was one of 3 non-Karolyi gymnasts to finish in the top 8 (Chelle Stack, Phoebe Mills, Kristie Phillips, Brandy Johnson, and Rhonda Faehn were the 5 Karolyi gymnasts) who received much of the media coverage leading into the Olympics. Unlike many of her US contemporaries who used double twists and numerous double backs, Hope's floor exercise included such difficulty as a double layout, double back,and a full twisting double back.
Following the Olympics, Hope accepted a scholarship to the University of Georgia. She won the vault, floor, and all around NCAA National titles in 1991. In 1993 she represented the USA at the World University Games in Buffalo, NY. The floor routine she used during her senior year was most original. At one point she would dance forward, then both she and the music would stop. The music would start up again, but in reverse (as though being rewound). Meanwhile, she would perform the same dance pass, but in reverse (just like rewinding her tumbling pass on the VCR). The following year she won the NCAA floor title yet again. She still holds the all time national record for NCAA career Perfect 10s.
Hope married, and in 1994 she and then husband Sheely appeared in the first Reese's Invitational. The couple eventually divorced, Hope marrying Everette Coburn October 5th, 2002. The couple is expecting their first child, a girl, March 2005.
Hope is still active in gymnastics, the owner of Spivey's Gymnastics & Tumbling International.
Recent photo of Hope! (Thanks to LJ for locating the photo).
Hope was born on July 27, 1971.
. This page was created on June 3, 2001.