Tabitha Yim

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Tabitha Yim (born November 2, 1985) is a Korean American artistic gymnast. She is a former elite gymnast and current collegiate athlete for the Stanford Cardinal gymnastics team.

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Tabitha Yim was born in Los Angeles, California. Away from gymnastics, Yim is an accomplished musician; she plays both flute and organ, and she has served as an organist at the Crystal Cathedral as early as age 14.Dwight Normile, "Working Overtime," International Gymnast, pp. 14-16 (Feb. 2000).

Touted as a junior international elite to watch for her expressive dance and strong balance beam performances, Yim quickly progressed as one of the major gymnasts in the 2001-2004 gymnastics squad. In her first major senior competition (where she was coached by Beth and Steve Rybacki of Gliders), 2001 U.S. Nationals, she placed second to 2000 Olympic Team member, Tasha Schwikert. Her runner-up placement secured her a spot on the World Team, occurring in Ghent, Belgium, where she placed 7th in the AA competition, and 6th in the FX finals. A fall on the balance beam in preliminary team competition cost her a position in the balance beam final, where she was a legitimate contender for a medal. The United States gymnastics team won a bronze. Many had disregarded the team's chances even though every single member of the 2001 WAG World Team made an event final (Katie Heenan went on to win bronze on the uneven bars). Yim's team bronze at World's 2001 would be the...
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