Suffolk native Hope Spivey competed in gymnastics on the national and international level for 11 years, capping her career as a member of the U. S. Olympic team that finished 4th in the 1988 Games. Additionally, she had an outstanding career at the University of Georgia from 1991-94 when the Bulldogs won four Southeastern Conference championships. In 1991, she was named the top collegiate gymnast in the U. S. after finishing first in the all-around, vault and floor exercises. In a 10-year span, she earned 27 perfect scores of 10. Spivey was a member of the U. S. gymnastic teams that won the Pan-American Games championship in 1987. In college, she was an 11-time All-American and 5-time national champion.