Kathryn "Kate" Grotenhuis was born on July 22, 2001 in Minneapolis, MN to Van Grotenhuis and Kathy Moore. She has two brothers, John and Andrew and a sister, Liz. Kate is an honor student at Eden Prairie High School and she will graduate in 2019. When Kate has time outside of gymnastics, she enjoys cross-country skiing, swimming, spending time with her friends and shopping. Kate volunteers at Feed My Starving Children and also serves as co-chair of a club at school making blankets for needy children.
Kate's mom enrolled her into gymnastics for fun when she was three years old at TAGS - Eden Prairie and she has been there ever since. Kate loved tumbling as a youngster and spent most of her time upside down walking on her hands. She competed level 7 in 2012 at the age of 11. At the State Championships, she won the vault title with a 9.550. Kate moved up to level 8 where she placed sixth in the all-around with a 37.725 and second on vault at the State Championships. At the Region 4 championships, Kate was the alternate to the MN Super 8 Team. She finished second on vault and fourth on balance beam.
Kate competed level 9 the next three seasons. In 2014, she placed third in the all-around with a 37.200, second on vault and third on uneven bars at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she finished first on vault and second on floor exercise. Kate qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Boise, ID where she won the floor exercise title with a 9.500. In 2015, Kate competed in Region 4 Championships and placed third on balance beam and sixth on floor exercise. During Kate's final level 9 season, she finished third in the all-around, first on vault and second on balance beam at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she finished third on vault and balance beam and was an alternate for the Level 9 Western Nationals.
In 2017, Kate was selected by her coaches to serve as captain of the level 10 team. At the Region 4 Championships, she placed fifth in the all-around and second on floor exercise. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN. Kate's coaches nominated her to represent her club at the Minnesota Gymnastics Hall of Fame Banquet in 2017. She and other nominees are recognized as valuable contributors to Minnesota gymnastics. In 2018, Kate placed eighth in the all-around and first on vault at the Region 4 Championships. She was the first alternate for the Junior Olympic Nationals.
Kate trains 20 hours per week at TAGS Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, MN under coaches Don Heideman, Betsi Shepard and Carolyn Yernberg. Kate will join the University of Minnesota gymnastics team in the fall of 2019.