Before coming to Yale, Dan was heavily involved in the gymnastics community out on the west coast. His love for the sport developed after his mother decided that cartwheeling and flipping off of couches was better suited for a gym and not the home. Years of competitive gymnastics followed. As a student, he was a participant, coach, and member of the leadership team for club gymnastics at UC Davis. After graduating, he directed his focus and energy for a number of years towards being the Men’s Program Director at Davis Diamonds Gymnastics, the local gymnastics center. Spurred by graduate academics, he eventually moved east. At Yale, while helping Don Tonry teach his tumbling class, he met Philipp. Not long after that, Yale Club Gymnastics was founded.
Philipp Arndt ’16
Before coming to Yale, Philipp had been an active gymnast in Germany, competing in the second German “Bundesliga” with his team Exquisa Oberbayern. He had also been coaching kids at his old-home club in Fürstenfeldbuck and had become a certified judge for regional competitions. In his spare time at Yale – whenever he was not occupied with gymnastics – Philipp was out working as a photographer, racing for the Yale Alpine Skiing Club or just wearing his leather pants, eating pretzels and being incredibly Bavarian. After having graduated in 2016, Philipp is currently studying Complex Adaptive Systems at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.