Meet Courtney Kupets. She’s an American gymnast. Read Courtney Kupets’ biography below and see video.
American gymnast Courtney Kupets just won the Honda Sports Award for a second time. She is the first gymnast to score a national title in the all-around, bars, beam and floor competition in the same year. Read more on Courtney Kupets below.
As a biography, Courtney Kupets was born on July 27, 1986 in Bedford, Texas. Kupets comes from a family of athletes. Her father is a former football player from Indiana State University, her sister is a gymnast and her brother is a college basketball player at East Carolina University.
Courtney began gymnastics in 1989. By 1999 she was a member of the national team. By 2003 the American gymnast won the US Classic, becoming a U.S. national champion. Unfortunately, before she could compete at Worlds, Kupets tore her left Achilles’ tendon while practicing a double Arabian somersault. She was unable to compete.
After her injury, Kupets returned to the sport and earned herself a spot in 2004 on the Olympic team. At the Olympic games that year Courtney was awarded a silver medal. She also won a bronze medal in the individual uneven bars competition.
Since the Olympics, Kupets was accepted to the University of Georgia on full athletic scholarship. Her team won the 2006 NCAA National Championships. Two years later Courtney suffered the same injury and was out for the rest of the season.
Courtney has since gone on to become the national all-around champion for the third time and win the NCAA championship once again.
Courtney Kupets is in the news today as the gymnast is the recipient of the Honda-Broderick Cup, thus becoming the 2009 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Kupets becomes the first athlete from Georgia to win the award. Lisa Fernandez, former softball player and winner of the 1993 Honda-Broderick Cup, presented Kupets with the award at Columbia University.
“One person cannot win a team sport alone,” Kupets said. “It was because of the great team camaraderie.”
Congratulations Courtney, well deserved!
More photos and a video of Courtney Kupets are below.