Thursday, August 9, 2012

Altius Staff Member Profile: Natalie Lipka

Natalie Lipka is a girls coach at Altius has been involved in gymnastics for 22 years--since she was four years old. She coached at Altius from 2003 to 2009 and then took a break to begin her teaching career. She now teaches 6th grade. “This past winter I realized how much I missed coaching gymnastics so in January 2012, I came back to Altius,” says Natalie. Her favorite part of the sport is working on skills for floor routine and the Olympic gymnast she most admires is Kerri Strug. Natalie is married and has a black lab named Jett. She enjoys watching the movie The Wizard of Oz and any Mexican or Italian foods. Her pet peeve is loud noises. Coach Natalie is strong in lots of ways, especially when it comes to bouncing back from injury. She has dislocated both her right elbow and her left ankle, had surgery on her right hip and also tore a major ligament in her knee by flipping her ATV!