Year Inducted: 2011
Nominated By: Jeff Letofsky
Sports Competed In: Gymnastics
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach
Attended Attended Pueblo South H.S. (graduated in 1979)... Four-year member of the Colts gymnastics team (1975-78)... Placed second in all-around competition at the state meet as a senior and third as a junior.
Attended the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) graduating in 1983...Competed for four seasons on the Bears' gymnastics team (1978-82)...Went to the NCAA Nationals four consecutive years...Finished eighth on the balance beam as a sophomore...Qualified for All-American Status...Her coach at UNC considered her as one of the top 5 that she coached in 13 years at UNC.
● Spent eight years at the Pueblo School of Gymnastics (1967-75).
● One of the first gymnastics to qualify for Nationals Age 11 and Age 12 for the Pueblo School of Gymnastics.
● Participated in Junior Olympics swimming program for one year (1969).
● Named "Sportswoman-of-the-Year" in Colorado for gymnastics (1980).
Coached at Heritage High School, where her teams qualified for the State meet several times...Head gymnastic coach, Cherry Creek H.S. for the last 30+ years... While coaching the Bruins, Griebel's teams have captured the three state titles (1993, 1995 and 1998)... Her 1998 team set national record for team score with a 9.5 scoring average.
Lives in Littleton, CO...Karen is a recreational therapist with three children.