March 7, 2008
Stanford, Calif. -
A native of Irvine, Calif., Yim has bee one the most accomplished gymnast in Stanford history. She is an 11-time All-American and has followed all that up with a fantastic senior season. She has high's of 9.9 on vault, bars, and floor this season and a high of 9.95 on beam. She has also recorded a score of 39.625 in the all-around during her senior campaign that will most likely end with more accolades.
She has helped the Cardinal out to a 9-4 record on the season and a No. 9 national ranking. Yim will be competing for the final time at home this Friday, Mar. 7 at Maples Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. Come cheer on Yim and the five other Stanford women's gymnastics seniors for one last time this Friday.
Seven Questions with Tabitha Yim
Why did you choose Stanford?
I chose to come to Stanford because of the unparalleled combination of academics, athletics, and weather!
How has Stanford women's gymnastics changed you since you came in as a freshman?
Stanford has taught me to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. You never know which decision or moment is going to change the rest of your life.
What is your most memorable meet these past four years?
NCAAs! We were heading into our last event on the first day of competition and knew we needed to hit our sets to qualify for the final round. I remember looking at Elmo before the rotation began, and each of us knew exactly what the other was thinking. SWG had waited two years for this moment, and there was nothing that was going to stop us. All six of us rocked our sets, and we went on to compete in the final round of Super Six.
Describe a memorable off the court moment as a team in your time at Stanford?
The heptathlon at Lake Tahoe was definitely an unforgettable experience!
What is your favorite class at Stanford?
What is something you would tell any aspiring gymnast?
My favorite class at Stanford is Sociology 1 because a large part of the course focuses on civil rights, in particular Freedom Summer. The courage and commitment of the students who risked their lives to do what they believed was right, inspired me to pursue my own passions. I realized that I could use my abilities to positively affect people and the world.
It is important to remember that gymnastics is not who you are, it is what you do. Stay true to yourself and let your personality add flavor and style to your performance.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to work in the non-profit field before attending grad school on the East coast.