Arizona Storytellers: Amanda Borden

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:44am
Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 8:27am
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Olympian Amanda Borden speaks to the audience at the Arizona Storytellers night of stories from Olympians and the journalists who cover them on July 19, 2016

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Gymnast Amanda Borden started gymnastics when she was 7. When she was 15 she competed in the 1992 Olympic trials and made the team. But two days later she got a call from the president of USA Gymnastics and he told her she wasn't old enough for the team. Still, she stuck with it.

At 18, Amanda had to decide whether to go to college on a full scholarship or try again for the Olympic team.

The next storytelling event is Monday, August 8 at Valley Bar in Downtown Phoenix. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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