Former UA Gymastics Star Dead at 36



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Sad news out of the Phoenix area, as an obituary that ran in today's Arizona Republic shows former Arizona gymnastics champion Heidi Hornbeek passed away over the weekend at age 36.

Hornbeek was a six-time All-American for the Wildcats between 1996 and 2000, winning the NCAA title in the floor exercise as a freshman. She won the AAI American Award in 2000 as the nation's top senior gymnast, then went on to a successful career as a surgeon.

Hornbeek was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 her leotard was retired and hung in the rafters at McKale Center.

Her memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Phoenix.

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