NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team and head coach Steve Nunno announced the signing of Stephanie Lo Piccolo (low PIC-olo) to a national letter of intent. Lo Piccolo is from Melbourne, Australia.
Lo Piccolo will join the Sooners next season and will compete in all four events. The 4-9 gymnast trained at the Victorian State Training Centre where uneven bars proved to be her best event.
The Australian native was coached by Tracey Penalyna and more recently by Peggy Liddick. Liddick coached as an assistant at the Dynamo Gymnastics Club with current OU head coach Steve Nunno and is the head coordinator for the Australian National Team. Liddick also coached Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller during the 1996 Olympic Games.
Currently, Lo Piccolo is on the Australian National Team and is training to be an alternate for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
“We are really excited that Stephanie has signed with us,” said Nunno. “She is an extremely talented girl and will help our team on every event. She expressed a high interest in OU and we have Peggy Liddick to thank for that. I think Stephanie’s signing shows that we continue to be viewed as an up and coming program.”
In 2001, Lo Piccolo was a member of the National Senior Championship Second Team. In 2000, she was a first team member at the National Junior Championships after taking first on beam and third on both floor and uneven bars.
Lo Piccolo is the daughter of Robert and Josie Lo Piccolo and has one brother (Matthew) and one sister (Sandra). She graduated from Melbourne Girls College in 2003 and is interested in studying psychology.