Local gymnastics legend to be inducted into Va. Hall of Fame

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 1, 2003

Staff report

Hope Spivey, a native of Suffolk and member of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team that finished fourth in the 1988 games, will be one of six people enshrined in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth on April 24, 2004.

An 11-time All-American and five-time national champion in college, Spivey helped the University of Georgia to four Southeastern Conference championships, and was named the top college gymnast in the country in 1991. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the Pan-American games in 1987.

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Other inductees will include local golf legend Curtis Strange, former NBA star Dell Curry, NFL Pro Bowl selection William Fuller, former NBA player J.R. Wilburn, longtime University of Richmond coach and athletic administrator Chuck Boone and sports marketing pioneer Russ Potts.

Strange, a Virginia Beach native, joined the PGA Tour in 1977 and won 21 tournaments, including two U.S. Opens. He was the tour’s leading money winner three times and its player of the year in 1988. He played on five Ryder Cup teams.

Curry starred at Virginia Tech and was a first-round draft pick in 1986 by the Utah Jazz. Two years later, the Harrisonburg native was the first player chosen by the expansion Charlotte Hornets. He became the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer with 9,839 points. He also played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors, finishing his 16-year NBA career with 12,670 points.

He ranks ninth in all-time 3-point shooting percentage.