After 14 years of an unconventional gymnastics journey and three Olympic trials (1980, 1984, 1988), at age 21, Kelly’s lifelong goal to make the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team came true when she competed in the XXIV Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. “Finally, after all these years, I made it!” were the words swirling in her head and heart as she walked into the Olympic stadium for the 1988 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. This Olympic status confirmed to her that she was, indeed, one of the very best athletes in the world!
Little did she know, within two months of her greatest high in life that her world would come crashing down as she fell into a spiraling depression that would require a much deeper strength than her sport ever required. Her transition from sports was incredibly difficult and a journey that was scary, lonely and unexpected.
It is now Kelly’s goal to educate and guide athletes, parents and coaches on how to best prepare for this incredibly difficult time of transition in an athlete’s life. In order to do that, one must first acknowledge the immense adjustment most athletes will endure when they transition to life after sports. It is the duty of parents and coaches to, not only prepare the athlete for success in their athletic career, but more importantly, prepare athletes for their life after their athletic career is complete.
Please know, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, we are here and would love to help.
1988 U.S. Olympic Team Member and Captain
3-time World Team Member, 1 World Cup
4-time NCAA Champion (1987 & 1988 All-Around Champion, 1988 Bars, 1988 Beam)
Has 4 skills named the “Garrison” in FIG Code of Points (most of any American)
3 Time USAG National Balance Beam Champion 1980, 1985, 1988
1991 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame
1980-1988 USA National Team Member
2 time Honda Broderick Award Winner (equivalent of Heisman Trophy for women’s gymnastics)
Wife, Mother of 2, Child of God
BA University of Oklahoma, 2013
2012 to Current - Voice of the Oklahoma Sooner Women’s Gymnastic’s Team, Color Commentator for SoonerVision
2014-2018 - Director of Development for a nonprofit ministry on drug and alcohol addiction
16 years - worked as a Motivational Speaker at K.G. Productions presenting drug awareness/self esteem programs for elementary and middle school students throughout the United States speaking to over 300 schools per year
15 years Gymnastic Choreographer, Gymnastics Team and Club Consultant and Clinician
3 year Deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma