Judges Spotlight

Diane Lohner

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Family 🙂

How did you get involved with Judging?

I started competing in trampoline and tumbling when I was 10, and moved to competing in gymnastics when Brad Cattermole bought the gym I was at.  I got my first judges rating when I was 16 in about 1978 or 1979. Dawn Cattermole wanted to take the judging test and talked me into taking it with her.  We went up to BYU and Lu Wallace administered the test.  I retested in 1987 in Nebraska and then got busy with kids and life and let my rating lapse.  My daughter Lindsay Stoker wanted to take the judging test and talked me into retesting again in 2012. I’m so glad she did.  I’ve loved being a judge again and wish I would have stayed active judging through all those past years.

How long have you been judging?

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What is your favorite event to judge and why?

I love judging Beam, with Floor as a close second, at any level.  I love the choreography and challenges of beam and watching the girls strive for balance.  I also love judging college bars because the routines are so amazing and fast.


What is your favorite judging memory or experience?

A favorite experience is going to meets and judging with my daughter, Lindsay Stoker, who now lives in another state.  It’s so fun having a daughter who loves gymnastics as much as I do.  A favorite memory happened while judging bars at a college meet, when I realized that even very well-known and experienced judges make mistakes.  It took a big weight off my shoulder and helped me not stress out so much if I made a mistake.

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Diane and Lindsay


What are your other hobbies?

I love playing the piano and organ. I can lose track of time while I’m playing.  I love working out in my yard and planting flowers and a vegetable garden.  I’d much rather be outside mowing a lawn, planting or weeding than inside vacuuming or cleaning.  I love to snow ski. I also love cooking yummy foods.

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Tell me about your family? Kids? Pets?

I’ve been married to my husband, John, for 36 years.  We have 5 children (2 boys and 3 girls), and 8 grandchildren with one on the way.  As far as pets, right now I have one outside cat and 7 salt water fish.  When I had kids at home we had 4 horses, 2 outside dogs, 3 outside cats, 6 chickens, 2 ducks,  parakeets, a cockatiel, a love bird, a guinea pig, 2 rats, and a hamster.  I’m a big believer in pets.


Favorite Color?

Green


Favorite food?

Anything with chocolate and nuts. Also, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and popcorn.


Something most people don’t know about you!

My secret desire is to sing the National Anthem at a big sporting event; however, I’m a terrible singer so it will never happen.