Monday, August 17, 2009

The Tallest Gymnast....or

Another Interesting Bruin!

UCLA's latest spotlighted athlete is freshman Tiffany Hyland.  Tiffany is yet another interesting character to add to Miss Val's brood.  Born in South Africa, Hyland and her family moved to America to avoid the violence that broke out in S.A after apartheid ended.  She was third in the AA of the South African National Championships last year.

Tiffany is well-travelled and has been to 13 different countries.  In the U.S, Hyland was coached by ex-Bruin Jamie Dantzscher at Diamond elite and went to the UCLA summer camp five years in a row.
One of the most interesting things about Tiffany's gymnastics is that she is 5 feet 8 inches tall.  Here is what she had to say about that!

"I love being tall!  Disadvantage are that it takes tons of energy to get my legs around on flips, and I can stand on the low bar and hold the high bar at the same time, which makes bars a little difficult!  Advantages are that I can chalk the high bar without leaving the floor, and I never have to worry about missing toe hechts on bars!!"

To read the rest of the interview and find out what Tiffany had to say about her travels and her heroes, go to the UCLA site (CLICK HERE)

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