Hope Spivey
Spivey hope 1988 olympics
Spivey at the 1988 Olympic Games

Full name

Theresa Hope Spivey

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America


July 27 1971 (1971-07-27) (age 46)
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Years on National Team



Parkettes National Gymnastics Center


Bill & Donna Strauss

Current status


Theresa Hope Spivey (born July 27 in Norfolk, VA) is a retired elite American gymnast. She trained at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Center under Bill & Donna Strauss, and represented the USA at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.


Spivey made her elite debut at the American Classic and National Sports Festival in 1985, placing fourth in the all-around in both competitions. She was named to the National Team that year and made her international debut at the Tincacria D'Oro, placing sixteenth in the all-around. She placed third in the all-around at both the US Classic (as well as third on bars and fourth on floor) and US Nationals.

In 1986, she competed at the First International Criterium Tournament, winning gold on floor and bronze on bars. At the Kips Invitational, she won team gold, floor exercise silver, and all-around bronze. She competed in a dual meet against the Soviet Union, placing second with the American team and eighth in the all-around. She was a member of the US team at the Goodwill Games in Moscow, placing fifth with her team, sixth on floor, and sixteenth in the all-around. She placed seventh in the all-around at the American Classic and tenth in the all-around at the Chunichi Cup that year.

In 1987, she placed second in the all-around at the US Classic. She placed third on floor, fourth in the all-around and on vault, and sixth on beam at the US Nationals. At another dual meet against the Soviet Union, she placed fifth in the all-around, sixth on beam and floor, and seventh on bars.

She continued to be a strong team player in 1988. She placed ninth in the all-around at the International Mixed Pairs and third in the all-around at the American Classic. At another dual meet with the Soviet Union, she placed eighth in the all-around, and later won the all-around at the Las Vegas Sports Festival. She placed third in the all-around at the National Championships and Olympic Trials. She was named to the US Olympic Team. The US team placed fourth in the team final.

In 1991, Spivey started to compete in NCAA's representing the University of Georgia. She retired from NCAA in 1995.


Featured Gymnast for May 2014

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1985Junior American Classic4
Junior U.S. Classic3rd3rd4
U.S. National Championships3rd
National Sports Festival4
Tincacria D'Oro16
1986American Classic7
U.S National Championships2nd2nd3rd
First International Criterium Tournament3rd1st
Kips Invitational1st3rd2nd
Chunichi Cup 10
USA vs. USSR2nd8
Moscow Goodwill Games5166
1987U.S. Classic2nd
U.S. National Championships4463rd
USA vs. USSR5766
1988American Classic 3rd
U.S. National Championships3rd2nd
Las Vegas Sports Festival1st
International Mixed Pairs9
U.S. Olympic Trials3rd
Seoul Olympic Games4

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