Kelly Garrison-Steves (born June 5 in Altus, OK) is a retired American gymnast. She represented the United States at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Her talents included creating and performing high-risk moves, brilliantly conceived choreography, and, of course, the outstanding ability to perform well under pressure.
Garrison-Steves began gymnastics in 1974, and by the time she reached college, she was a full-fledged champion. She was on the national team and won USGF National titles before she entered college. She made her elite debut in 1980, winning the Junior National title on balance beam. She flitted in and out of the National Team, competing at the International Invitational in 1980, the World Championships in 1983, and the Pan American Games in 1987.
By 1988, she was married and in college at the age of 21. At the time, gymnasts her age didn't normally do that well. Garrison-Steves proved them wrong by placing second at the National Championships and Olympic Trials, and making the US Olympic team. Her teammates named her captain and the team placed fourth in Seoul, albeit controversially. During Garrison-Steve's bar routine, the team alternate pulled the springboard away after she mounted, then remained on the podium to watch her routine. This broke a scarcely used rule where only one person could be on the podium at a time during a routine, and cost the United States half a point in neutral deductions. At the time the infraction occurred, the United States were in third place, ahead of the eventual bronze medal winners, East Germany.
|1980||U.S. Junior National Championships||1st|
|1982||U.S. Olympic Festival||1st||2nd||3rd||6|
|1983||U.S. World Team Trials||12|
|Budapest World Championships||7|
|1985||U.S. National Championships||1st|
|Arthur Gander Memorial||5|
|U.S. World Team Trials||2nd|
|Montreal World Championships||6||18|
|1986||U.S. Olympic Festival||4||6||4||5|
|1987||Indianapolis Pan American Games||1st||3rd||1st|
|1988||U.S. National Championships||2nd||3rd||3rd|
|US Olympic Trials||2nd|
|Seoul Olympic Games||4||16||7|