Coach Jill Schrimpf started gymnastics at age 2-1/2 when Altius Owner Mike Robb was coaching out of Franklin High School and she’s been involved in the sport ever since. Jill started coaching at Altius in 1995 when she was in high school. While attending UW-Madison where she majored in History and Marketing, Jill worked at a local gym. She came back to Altius after graduating from college and a brief stint working for Wells Fargo.
favorite events as a gymnast were vault and beam, but by the end of my
career I could pick out skills on each event that I really enjoyed
practicing and performing,” Jill says. “I currently coach mostly beam
and floor. I can't choose a top event--it would be like picking your
favorite child. I like them equally for different reasons!”
the years, Jill has had an opportunity to see some exciting gymnastics
competitions and see some star national gymnasts achieve glory. “I went
to the 1991 World Championships in Indianapolis with my family and a
friend when I was 10 years old,” Jill reports. “I will always remember
seeing Kim Zemeskal win the all-around gold medal with her signature 3
whip back to double back tumbling pass.” This Altius Director also
attended the 1994 National Championships in Nashville where Dominique
Dawes swept the gold medals on every event and the all-around.
most memorable gymnastics competition moment was the 1996 Atlanta
Olympics gymnastics team final. Her seats were in the last row of the
Georgia Dome. “Kerri Strug's final gold medal winning vault was
amazing,” Jill recalls. “The energy in that building was indescribable!”
home, Coach Jill hangs out with her cat, named Jack Nicholson. She
considers herself an avid, but slow, runner, as well as an avid, but
inconsistent, golfer. “I also like to water ski, wakeboard, and downhill
ski when I get the chance,” she adds. “I have also been skydiving and
surfing.” Jill enjoys eating raspberries, Kopp's turtle sundaes and
Ricardo's cheeseburger pizza. Her pet peeve is narrowmindedness.
Jill, “After hearing that I was a gymnast, many people are surprised to
discover that I cannot touch my toes. That’s my 2012 New Year’s
Resolution.” At last check, she was still working on that goal...just 3
months to go!