Deaf gymnast’s journey to compete for BYU, UCLA inspires others
KSL Broadcasting Salt Lake City UT
Aug 17th, 2015
SANDY — Aimee Walker Pond isn’t one to let excuses get in her way.
The former Brigham Young University gymnast rose to the level of international elite, was recruited by the best collegiate gymnastics programs in the country and even made an appearance on “Baywatch” with David Hasselhoff, all despite being completely deaf and blind in one eye. The road to her achievements is shared in the recently released book “No Excuses: The story of elite gymnast Aimee Walker Pond.”
“No person with comparable disabilities has ever achieved the level of success that she has experienced in gymnastics,” said author Adam Kempler. “That’s in the history of the sport. I don’t mean just right now, or just for women.”
The goal of the book is to promote awareness about what it is like to live with a disability, in addition to providing hope to people of all abilities, according to Kempler. Pond, who now runs the Champions Sports Center in Saratoga Springs with her husband and is a mother of four, almost didn’t get the chance to learn gymnastics.