On the Floor with Kaitlynn Bormann
Dec. 3, 2008
By: Carmen Vitali, ASU Media Relations
Junior Kaitlynn Bormann is double lettered gymnast at ASU from Huntington, N.Y. She has four siblings including a twin sister and another adopted sister and brother, all from Korea. Her family also has seven dogs, one of which just had nine puppies.
As if that doesn't seem crazy enough, Kaitlynn and her twin sister are actually triplets, though they have never met their sister. They also have an older biological sister whom they've never met in Korea.
'My dad went on a business trip to Korea and got in touch with the adoption agency,' Kaitlynn explained. 'He found out my birth mom was very sick and didn't have enough money to keep me and my sister.'
Kaitlynn and her twin were adopted when they were three months old and by the time they were toddlers they were already bouncing off the walls and tumbling around the house.
'My mom decided we needed something,' Kaitlynn said. 'So she took us to the local gym and enrolled us in gymnastics.'
At the age of 15 Kaitlynn went to gymnastics camp at Parkettes in Allentown, Pa. Part of the experience was that each camper lived with a girl who was on the team there. Kaitlynn improved so much in the duration of the camp that her parents talked with the girl's family and shortly after Kaitlynn moved in with them to attend Parkettes. She was enrolled in homeschooling and spent nearly all her time at the gym.
'Originally I was going to defer college and was training to compete at the elite levels,' Kaitlynn said. A back injury her senior year of high school would put an end to that plan and Kaitlynn began to look at colleges.
'We came to visit ASU and I just loved everything about it,' Kaitlynn said about her first visit to ASU. She signed with the Sun Devils in 2007. In the 2008 season Kaitlynn competed on beam at every meet and posted a career best score of 9.825 winning the UNO's Flip for a Cure event. She also competed on the uneven bars for the second half of the season.
'It was definitely all worth it,' Kaitlynn says about her sacrifices she has made for gymnastics.
Life after collegiate gymnastics is still uncertain for Kaitlynn.
'I know I want to be active, I couldn't imagine myself doing something that wasn't,' she said.
As for her triplet in Korea, Kaitlynn said her and her sister have talked about finding her.
'Her and I talk about everything, so we've definitely considered it,' Kaitlynn said.'There's this show called `The Locator' that finds long lost family members. She and I watch that, so maybe we'll try that some day,' she adds smiling.
It certainly is quite a story.
Sun Devil gymnastics kicks off in early January 2009.