Kayla Hoffman

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Kayla Hoffman
Country represented  United States
Born (1988-08-13) August 13, 1988 (age 29)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Club Rebound Gymnastics
Head coach(es) Diane Farrell

Kayla Marie Hoffman (born August 13, 1988) is an American artistic gymnast from Union, New Jersey. A former senior international elite, she competed for the University of Alabama gymnastics team from 2008 to 2011. In 2011, she won the Honda Sports Award as the top woman gymnast.[1]

Career[edit]

Hoffman took up gymnastics in 1991, after her mother put her in classes. Because of a love of the sport, she encouraged her mother to take her out of classes and put her on a team.[2] For the vault event, she does a nine step run up.[3]

Hoffman has represented the United States internationally.[2][4] She competed at the 2006 World Cup in Russia.[2] She also competed at the 2006 Friendship Classic.[4]

Collegiate career[edit]

Hoffman competed on the collegiate level at the University of Alabama. While competing for the school, she trained 20 hours a week in the gym and managed a 4.0 grade point average.[5]

In the 2008 season, she competed in a meet against Auburn University.[6] At the 2008 Women's NCAA Championships, she finished fifth in the vault with a score of 9.762.[7]

At the 2010 SEC Championships, Hoffman posted a score of 9.9 on the floor to tie with two other gymnasts for second place.[8]

A senior in 2011, she helped guide her team to a fifth national championship win with a performance that included a 9.95 on the floor exercise.[9][10][11][12] She also finished second in the balance beam with a score of 9.8875.[13][14] She had a third place finish in the uneven bars, tieing with three other gymnasts.[14] The Crimson Tide gymnast went into the competition as a favorite to do well.[15] She went into the competition ranked fourth nationally in the all around, and second in the vault.[16] Her team was ranked second in the nation, after having been ranked ninth earlier in the season.[17][18]

Hoffman was also a key gymnast for the team in their 2011 SEC and NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships wins after being a leader on the team for most of the season.[9][19][17] At the 2011 SEC Championships, she won the vault competition with a score of 9.950.[5][20] A score of 9.875 on the bars put her in fourth place.[20] She tied for third in the all around competition at the SEC Championships with a score of 39.350.[20] Hoffman won the 2010-11 Roy F. Kramer SEC Female Athlete of the Year as a result of her performance, the first Alabama woman to win the award since 2004.[9][19]

Competing in the season opener of the 2010-2011 season, Hoffman had a score of 9.9 on the floor competition, which was enough to give her a first place finish.[21] At another meet that season against Georgia, she scored 9.95 on the floor and put up an all around score of 39.675 to win both events.[22] Another meet against the Arkansas Razorbacks saw her put up a score of 9.35 on the uneven bars and a 9.95 on the vault. The vault score included two scores of 10 from judges. She finished second at the meet on the beam with a score of 9.825.[23] On senior night of her senior season, she scored a 9.95 in the vault, which was a season high for her in the event. She also put up a score of 9.925 on her floor routine. She had some issues on senior night, including a fall during her beam routine.[24]

Hoffman finished her collegiate career in 2011 as a 5 time All American.[9][25][26] Other honors included earning the SEC Gymnast of the Year and SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same year.[9] She also earned SEC Gymnast of the Week honors twice.[9]

Background[edit]

Born on August 13, 1988, Hoffman is originally from Union, New Jersey.[9][2][3] She is 5'1" and weighed 120 pounds.[10][3]

In 2010, Hoffman started the process of applying for graduate school. Going into her senior year at the University of Alabama, she had a 4.0 grade point average.[5] She completed an internship at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.[5]

During her time at the University of Alabama, she dated Michael Hughes, a member of the university's track team.[10] In her senior year, she lived off campus in Tuscaloosa.[10] Following her win at the 2011 National Championships, she was outside her apartment when a tornado struck the building, suffering a six inch long cut along her calf as a result of flying glass. Hughes found her after the tornado.[10][27]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "USA Gymnastics | Kayla Hoffman". usagym.org. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b c Writer, Aaron Suttles Sports. "Alabama gymnasts live up to vaulting legacy". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Japanese Victory at Friendship Classic 2006 GYM family Event 2006 | GYMmedia.com". www.gymmedia.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Balancing gymnastics and academics pays off for Tide's Kayla Hoffman". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Auburn Edged By Tide in Closest Meet In Thompson Era :: Auburn's Julie Dwyer and Lindsey Puckett earn first place on beam and vault - COLLEGE SPORTS OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". www.cstv.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  7. ^ Turner, Amanda. "Georgia Takes Two More Titles at NCAA Championships". International Gymnast Magazine Online. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Ashanee Dickerson's runner-up all-around finish paces Gators to SEC gymnastics title". jacksonville.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
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  10. ^ a b c d e f Anderson, Lars. "Alabama Crimson Tide athletes work to rebuild Tuscaloosa after 2011's deadly tornado". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Tide gymnasts fulfill national championship expectations". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Alabama eases past UCLA to claim NCAA women's gymnastics crown at Wolstein Center". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  13. ^ "UCLA's McCullough ends collegiate career with a flourish at NCAA gymnastics individual finals". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  14. ^ a b "Alabama gymnasts win their fifth national championship". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  15. ^ "The emotions behind Michigan gymnastics teams' 2 NCAA all-around champions". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  16. ^ "2011 SEC Gymnastics Championships at a glance". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  17. ^ a b "No Priess? No problem for No. 3 Tide gymnastics team, thanks to Hoffman". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  18. ^ "Diandra Milliner's gymnastics debut for Tide was almost perfect". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  19. ^ a b c "Brent Rooker, Kendell Williams win SEC Athlete of the Year honors". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  20. ^ a b c "Alabama wins 2011 SEC gymnastics championship". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  21. ^ "Freshmen DeMeo, Milliner sparkle in opening victory for Alabama gymnasts". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  22. ^ CLARKSON, ROGER. "Despite season-best score, Gym Dogs fall to Alabama | Online Athens". onlineathens.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  23. ^ "Tide gymnasts fall early, then vault to comeback victory over Arkansas". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  24. ^ "Alabama gymnastics defeats LSU on Senior Night". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  25. ^ "With Ashley Priess 'replacing' Kayla Hoffman, Alabama gymnastics team seeks a repeat". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  26. ^ "It's a fresh start for No. 2 Alabama gymnastics team". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  27. ^ SporterTV.com. "2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado Kayla Hoffman Interview". Sporter TV. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  28. ^ "Alabama softball star Haylie McCleney earns NCAA Top 10 Award". BamaMag.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  29. ^ "Alabama's Brooke Pancake wins Honda Award in golf". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  30. ^ "Alabama gymnasts finish second to Florida in SEC Championships". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  31. ^ "SEC names its Athletes of the Year for 2013-14". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  32. ^ "AJ Reed named SEC male athlete of the year". kentucky. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  33. ^ "Alabama's Kim Jacob named top SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete for 2nd year in a row". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  34. ^ "UA president honors champion Tide gymnasts with celebratory dinner". AL.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
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