UCLA Gymnastics Signs 2000 Olympian Kate Richardson

April 10, 2002

Two-time defending NCAA gymnastics champion UCLA will add another 2000 Olympian to the 2003 squad, signing Canadian champion Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) to a national letter of intent. Richardson will join 2001 British vault and beam champion Holly Murdock (Northern Ireland) in the class of 2006. Richardson and Murdock placed 16th and 14th, respectively, in the all-around at the 2001 World Championships.

Richardson has ranked among the top gymnasts in the world in the past few years, placing a Canadian all-time best 15th all-around at the 2000 Olympic Games and 16th at last year's World Championships. She also placed in the Top 20 in the all-around at the 1999 World Championships and was fourth in the all-around and first on beam at the 2001 Visa American Cup.

In Canada, Richardson dominated the 2001 National Championships, winning the all-around, vault, bars and beam and tying for second on floor. In 2000, she claimed the vault title at the national championships and won the all-around at the Olympic Trials.

Richardson, who is coached by David Kenwright at Abbotsford Twisters, achieved success at the junior level as well, winning the all-around, bars, beam and floor at the 1998 Junior National Championships and placing second in the all-around at the 1997 Junior Nationals.

'Kate Richardson will bring a lot more than great gymnastics to our program,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'She is a phenomenal student, as well as a phenomenal athlete, and has that 'certain something' that all great UCLA Bruins possess.'

Richardson will join fellow Olympians Jamie Dantzscher, Kristen Maloney, Alyssa Beckerman, Yvonne Tousek and Michelle Conway on next year's Bruin squad. The addition of Richardson and Murdock will also give UCLA's 2003 team nine former World Championship team members.

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