While we’re happy to share Krysta Palmer with the world, we feel it’s important to point out that she was raised in Douglas County.
While it’s true she was born in Carson City, that doesn’t make her any less of a native.
Her birth announcement, published June 1992 in The Record-Courier, makes it quite clear that when she was born, she was headed to her parents’ home in Jacks Valley.
That birth announcement was the first of many items The R-C published about Palmer over the intervening decades.
When she was 10, she qualified for the USA Gymnastics TOPs Testing, while attending Jacks Valley Elementary School.
She appeared on the honor roll for Carson Valley Middle School in Gardnerville before attending Douglas High School in Minden.
As a junior at the high school, her name appeared on the front page of The R-C as she was training in trampoline gymnastics for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
She was an assistant coach for the Tumbleweeds team in 2008. The following year she represented the United States at the World Age Group Games in Russia.
She graduated from Douglas High School in 2010 and that summer competed in France in trampoline.
In 2016, the Carson Valley Swim Center celebrated “Krysta Palmer Recognition Day” after the two-time Mountain West Diver of the Year, competed in the Olympic Trials.
“This is where I grew up and where all my birthday parties were held, so this place means a lot to me,” she said after graduating from UNR.
It was at the Swim Center in Minden where a friend suggested she dive for the Wolf Pack, she told R-C Sports Editor Dave Price in 2016.
No one was happier to learn that Reno declared Tuesday “Krysta Palmer Day.” She more than deserves all the accolades that have and will be heaped upon her.
To us, she’ll always be the Tiger, who despite multiple injuries across a storied career, persevered to achieve greatness.