Olympian, Courtney Kupets Carter, announced last week that she would be joining the coaching staff at Oconee Gymnastics in July 2016.
Facebook Post: “I am so excited to announce that in July 2016 I will officially become a part of the Oconee Gymnastics coaching staff. I was blessed as a gymnast to win Olympic medals and later NCAA Championships as a Georgia Gymdog. I have loved gymnastics since I was three years old and can’t wait to pass along all that I have learned to help the gymnasts at OGC.”
Courtney began competing in gymnastics in 1989, earned a place on the TOPS developmental team in 1994, and tested elite in 1999. She competed in her first U.S. National Championships at the age of thirteen and 2002 was her first year as a senior competitor.
Courtney was the 2002 Uneven Bars World Champion as well as the 2003 National All Around Champion. She was a member of the 2003 gold medal U.S. World Championships team, and in 2008 she was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as a member of that 2003 team. As a member of the World Artistic Gymnastics and U.S. National Team, she has earned an extremely impressive total of eighteen gold medals throughout her career.
As a member of the 2004 Olympic team, Courtney helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal in Athens, Greece, and she also claimed the bronze medal on the uneven bars.
While competing for the Georgia Gym Dawgs she won 3 NCAA all-around titles and led the gym dawgs to 4 consecutive NCAA team championships, something no other gymnast in history has done. Courtney set the NCAA record for most individual titles and is arguably the greatest collegiate gymnast of all time.
She also was awarded the Honda Award as the top gymnast and the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation’s top female collegiate athlete in 2009. She was individually inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2014.
“Courtney’s [feats] in this sport are second-to-none. She is by far the most complete gymnast that I ever coached. ”
— Former UGA head coach Suzanne Yoculan