Kelly Garrison-Steves
Garrison-steves kelly 1988 olympics
Garrison-Steves at the 1988 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America


June 5 1967 (1967-06-05) (age 50)
Altus, Oklahoma, USA

Years on National Team

1980-1981, 1983-1984, 1987-1988


University of Oklahoma


Becky Switzer

Current status


College team

University of Oklahoma

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.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1980U.S. Junior National Championships1st
International Invitational3rd
1982U.S. Olympic Festival1st2nd3rd6
1983U.S. World Team Trials12
Budapest World Championships7
1984American Classic93rd
U.S. Classic12
1985U.S. National Championships1st
Arthur Gander Memorial5
Swiss Cup3rd
U.S. World Team Trials2nd
Montreal World Championships618
1986U.S. Olympic Festival4645
1987Indianapolis Pan American Games1st3rd1st
1988U.S. National Championships2nd3rd3rd
US Olympic Trials2nd
Seoul Olympic Games4167

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