UTAH: Emerged as a vocal team leader a year ago ... a bar specialist for her first two years, she made the floor lineup in 2007 ... will try out for a starting position on bars, beam and floor... 32-38 in career routines ... member of Utah's Student Athlete Mentors (SAMS).
2007-Utah's Most Inspirational Gymnast overcame an elbow injury to earn a starting spot on the floor ... Utah's very first competitor of the NCAA Super Six scored a 9.775 on the floor ... received a 9.80 the first night of NCAA competition ... tied her career high with a 9.825 on floor at NCAA Regionals ... competed twice on bars before an elbow injury took her out of the rotation ... hit 9-11 routines, including all nine floor routines ... made the Dean's List and the Athletics Academic Honor Roll ... 4.0 GPA spring semester ... NACGC Scholastic All-American.
2006-Season ended prematurely when she dislocated her elbow in uneven bar warm-ups on Mar. 10 ... season-best 9.85 at Michigan on Feb. 11 ... hit 5-6 routines (all on bars as the lead-off competitor) ... only fall came in the season opener.
2005-Began the season as the second competitor on bars, but soon developed into a high-scoring lead-off ... 9.825 score on bars in the NCAA Super Six ... competed on bars in every meet and made the starting lineup twice on beam and four times on floor ... placed second on bars vs. BYU, scoring a career-best 9.90 ... hit 18-21 routines, including `14-15 on bars
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL: Five-year International Elite gymnast competed for the U.S. Senior National Team from 2001-02 ... 11th in the all-around at the 2001 USA Gymnastics Championships ... member of the USA Junior National Team from 1999-2000 ... 1999 J.O. floor exercise champion ... third in the all-around at 1999 J.O. Championships ... placed third all-around and first on beam at the Puerto Cup ... trained for the late Tim and Toni Rand at American Twisters.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Sharon and Jussi Kivisto ... last name is pronounced ka-viss-toe ... younger sisters Brigitte and Hanna both compete in gymnastics (Brigette is a sophomore at Yale) ... has a skill on balance beam named after her (the Kivisto) ... double major in psychology and political science ... full name is Katia Helena Kivisto ... born Dec. 10, 1985.
Kivisto's Career Highs
Bars 9.90 vs. Brigham Young, Feb. 11, 2005 Beam 9.70 vs. Utah State, Jan. 14, 2005 Floor 9.825 vs. Minnesota, Jan. 27, 2007 9.825 vs. Arizona State, Mar. 23, 2007 9.825 at NCAA Regionals, Apr. 14, 2007
Outside The Gym
Miles from home: 2,050
You may not know: My dad was born in Finland
I started gymnastics at age: 2
Gymnast I pretended to be as a child: Shannon Miller
Favorite non U of U sports team: Miami Heat
Career goal: Attorney
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite subject in school: Pyschology
Favorite animal: Penguin
Favorite gymnast: Jana Beiger