LAUREN HOPKINS, FOUNDER / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Lauren Hopkins began writing for The Couch Gymnast in July 2010, initially writing a few stories each year before becoming the U.S. Editor in 2012. She founded The Gymternet in 2014 and as Editor-in-Chief, she aims to bring the very best coverage, interviews, features, histories, and opinion pieces from the people who really “get” gym – other gym fans.
As a journalist, Lauren has covered every elite competition on U.S. soil in addition to all major international competitions like world championships and the Olympic Games. In December 2015, she released her first young adult novel called Finding Our Balance, about elite gymnasts fighting for spots on the 2016 Olympic team, with the second in the series to be released this summer. In 2016, NBC Sports hired Lauren as a gymnastics researcher for the duration of their Olympic Games coverage.
A New England native, Lauren received her BA in History at Columbia University in 2014. She lives in New York City. [Twitter]
MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS
Sarah Chrane was a gymnast for 16 years, throughout which she competed at the state, regional, and national levels. After high school, she went on to compete Division III collegiate gymnastics for Rhode Island College, where she was a two-year team captain, national qualifier on floor exercise, and Academic All-American. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English and continues her passion for the sport of gymnastics as a coach, judge, and choreographer. As if coaching and judging weren’t enough, Sarah is thrilled to be a part of The Gymternet, so that she has an excuse to spend more time watching and writing about gymnastics. [Twitter]
Bekah Harbison, formerly known for her Get a Grip Gymblog, is ecstatic to join The Gymternet team. As a lifelong fan of gymnastics with a background in journalism, Bekah began blogging in 2009. Her insights have been quoted in Deadspin several times and she has also contributed to The Couch Gymnast. A self-proclaimed “gymnastics pop culture addict,” Bekah hopes to share the lighter side of the sport through her memes, lists, and infographics. Bekah lives in St. Louis, Mo., where she works in social services. [Twitter]
Jackie Klein fell in love with gymnastics from the moment she was placed in her first class in kindergarten. She spent much of her childhood as a subpar JOGA and high school gymnast with little natural talent and a lot of fear. Despite her lack of skill, her enthusiasm for the sport has only grown with each passing year. When Jackie is not obsessing over gymnastics, she can usually be found binge watching TV shows, quoting Mean Girls, and reading Harry Potter for the 1000th time. Jackie is also a staff writer for feminspire.com. She is really excited to join the Gymternet team, and to share her lifelong passion for gymnastics with others. [Twitter] [Tumblr]
Jessica Taylor Price does not have a sense of balance or any arm strength, but she loves gymnastics and annoying people by correcting their grammar and spelling. She enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and re-watching the 2000 Olympic all-around, hoping for a different result. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their beloved hamster. [Twitter]
Joe Rinaldi‘s illustrious gymnastics career began with a summer tumbling class that was tragically cut short after just five weeks. Since then, he has been an avid gymnastics fan. In addition to gymnastics, Joe is also deeply passionate about dance and cheerleading. He is a proud father of two cats, Taryn Manning and Natasha Lyonne, whom he loves very much. [Twitter]
Spanny Lee Tampson is a blogger by day, mother by night. And also by day, because she chooses not to neglect her infant son. She bestows upon him her knowledge of gymnastics, including but not limited to leotards, LOSOs, wrists, pretty competition hair, and side aerials. [Website] [Twitter]
Valeria Violi is thrilled to join the Gymternet as the Italian contributor. Although she never practiced gymnastics in her life, she fell in love with the sport in early 2012. Since then, she couldn’t stop binge-watching gymnastics on YouTube and reads every article she can get her hands on, always on the search for more information about the sport and its athletes. She will soon graduate from the University of Bologna with a degree in philosophy. Her dreams? Becoming a high school teacher…and writing an in-depth biography of Aliya Mustafina. [Twitter] [Tumblr]