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Kate Richardson
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Richardson at the 2004 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of Canada Canada

Born

June 27, 1984 (age 29)
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Club

Omega Gymnastics Club

Coach(es)

Doug Odin, David Kenwright

Current status

Retired

Kate Richardson (born June 27, 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian artistic gymnast.

International Career

Richardson placed 19th all-around at the 1999 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tianjin, China. She placed 16th all-around at the 2001 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Ghent, Belgium.

At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, Richardson became Commonwealth All-Around Champion, also winning gold on Balance Beam. She competed for Canada at two Summer Olympic Games - Sydney 2000, where she placed 15th all-around, and Athens 2004, where she qualified for the Floor Exercise final, placing 7th. She was the first Canadian woman to qualify for an Olympic final. Even more remarkable was the fact that she qualified for the Olympics while competing in the NCAA, a feat not achieved in women's gymnastics since Kelly Garrison Steves in 1988. Fellow Bruin Mohini Bhardwaj also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, after her NCAA career was completed.

NCAA Career

In 2002, Richardson was granted an athletic scholarship to attend UCLA, where she joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team, repeating NCAA Champions in 2003 and 2004. Her teammates have included fellow individual NCAA champions Kristen Maloney, Tasha Schwikert and Jamie Dantzscher. During her four years competing for the Bruins, she also won Individual NCAA Championship titles on Balance Beam (2003), Bars (2003) and Floor Exercise (2006). In 2006, she was named Pac-10 Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

She has now retired from competitive gymnastics and is pursuing a Masters degree in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She has mastered the craft of sign-making.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1999Tianjin World Championships19
2000Sydney Olympic Games15
2001Ghent World Championships16
Canadian National Championships1st1st1st1st
2002Manchester Commonwealth Games3rd1st1st
2004Athens Olympic Games7


Commonwealth Games All-Around Champions
Elfi Schlegel • Lori Strong • Stella Umeh • Zeena McLaughlin • Kate Richardson • Chloe Sims • Lauren MitchellClaudia Fragapane

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