Nineteen-year-old Hilary Grivich, a member of the 1991 World Gymnastics Championships Silver Medal Team, was killed in a car accident on Sunday, May 4, in Houston, Texas.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "Houston police said one of the wheels on Grivich's 1993 Nissan Altima struck a concrete barrier in a southbound lane of the 2000 block of North Freeway about 6:15 a.m. Her car spun out of control and flipped several times crushing the roof with the gymnast still strapped inside. She was alone in the car and was dead at the scene."
Grivich, coached by Bela and Martha Karolyi, was the 1990 U.S. Junior National Champion and finished eighth all-around at the 1992 Olympic Trials, just missing a spot on the Olympic Team.
Hilary had just completed her sophomore year at the University of Houston. She earned a diving scholarship and was named the team's Outstanding Diver at the school's annual All-Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday night.
Funeral arrangements are planned for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, at the Settegast-Kopf Funeral Chapel in Houston, Texas.
For more information about Hilary, please read the USA Gymnastics press release and the Houston Chronicle article.
Condolences may be sent to the Grivich family at the following address:Hilary Grivich Family
c/o Settegast-Kopf Funeral Chapel
3320 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098
Also, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up on Hilary's behalf:Strake Jesuit Scholarship Fund
8900 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036
Please make checks payable to the Strake Jesuit Scholarship Fund, and note on your check: "In memory of Hilary Grivich."
From her friends...
"We've shared many things in the last 15 years." -- Karolyi teammate, Kim Zmeskal
"She was one of the best people I've ever known." -- Karolyi teammate, Kerri Strug
"The entire country should remember Hilary and thank her for the kind of person and gymnast she was." -- Bela Karolyi, coachUSA Gymnastics Online home