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Kim Zmeskal
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Zmeskal at the 1992 Olympic Games

Full name

Kimberly Lynn Zmeskal Burdette

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America.png United States of America

Born

February 6 1976 (1976-02-06) (age 45)
Houston, Texas, USA

Years on National Team

1989-1992, 1998-1999

Club

Karolyi's Gymnastics, Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, Texas Dreams Gymnastics (coach)

Coach(es)

Bela & Marta Karolyi, Mary Lee Tracy

Current status

Retired

Twitter

@KimZmeskal

Kimberly Lynn "Kim" Zmeskal Burdette (born February 6, 1976) is a retired American gymnast and a former National and World gymnastics champion in the early 1990s.

Early Life and Training

Zmeskal was born in Houston, Texas. From a young age, Zmeskal trained with coaching great Béla Károlyi, who had bought a run-down gym in Zmeskal's Houston, Texas neighborhood. This gave Zmeskal the opportunity to observe and interact with her heroine, Mary Lou Retton.

In 1989, at the age of 13, Zmeskal became the U.S. Junior National Champion. She also took first place in the American Classic, the Swiss Cup Mixed Pairs (with Lance Ringnald), and the Arthur Gander Memorial. Zmeskal went on to become a three-time consecutive U.S. National Champion. In international events, she began a rivalry with the Soviet Union's Svetlana Boginskaya.

1992 Barcelona Olympics

At the World Championships in 1991 in Indianapolis, the team silver medal was a first for the Americans, and Zmeskal became the first American to achieve the World All-Around gold medal. So, Americans had high hopes for Zmeskal and the U.S. team heading the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, with Zmeskal earning the cover of both Time and Newsweek magazines before the Games. In the U.S. National Championships and Olympic Trials, Zmeskal battled an emerging Shannon Miller, with Miller defeating Zmeskal at the Trials.

Zmeskal disappointed at the Games, falling off the balance beam during her compulsory routine on the first night of competition. Although she would rebound with performances on the floor, vault, and bars, Zmeskal was in 32nd place after the compulsories and 5th on the American team. She would further rebound with impressive scores of 9.912 on beam, 9.95 on vault, 9.9 on uneven bars, and a 9.925 on floor during the finals of the team competition, moving Zmeskal into 12th place and into the all-around competition by finishing third among the American women. Her combined score of 39.687 for the night was the highest of any competitor.

Although earning enough points to compete in the all-around competition, Zmeskal would again falter during her first event, the floor exercise, stepping out of bounds. It would later be revealed that Zmeskal was suffering from a stress fracture in her ankle before the Olympics began.

Comeback and Retirement

Any dreams for a comeback to compete in the 1996 Olympic Games would be dashed due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee suffered during a floor exercise.

In 1998, Zmeskal returned to competition with a decent showing at the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. By 1999, she was even considered a possibility for the 2000 Olympics team and represented the U.S. internationally. However, a torn Achilles tendon on a double tuck on floor ended her career that year.

Post-Retirement

Zmeskal and her husband Chris Burdette now work as coaches at their own gym, Texas Dreams Gymnastics. The gym has seen many of the country's top elite gymnasts including Chelsea Davis, Bailie Key, Kennedy Baker, and Nica Hults.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1988 Junior U.S. Classic 17
1989 Junior U.S. National Championships 1st
Junior American Classic 1st
Junior U.S. Classic 1st
Swiss Cup Zurich 1st
Arthur Gander Memorial 1st
DTB Cup 4
1990 Blume Memorial 6
DTB Cup 5
Arthur Gander Memorial 3rd
American Cup 1st 1st
International Mixed Pairs 1st
U.S. National Championships 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
1991 American Cup 2nd 1st 1st
International Mixed Pairs 1st
U.S. National Championships 1st 1st 2nd 2nd
Indianapolis World Championships 2nd 1st 7 3rd
1992 American Cup 1st 1st
Paris World Championships 1st 1st
U.S. National Championships 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
U.S. Olympic Trials 2nd
Barcelona Olympic Games 3rd 10 8 6
1998 U.S. Classic 3rd 3rd
U.S. National Championships 11

Floor Music

1991 - "Hooked on Swing" by Larry Elgart & His Manhatten Swing Orchestra

1992 - "Rock Around the Clock"

1998 - "Salome/Feuerfest" by Andre Rieu


World All-Around Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyGalina RudkoLarisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáLudmilla TourischevaElena MukhinaNellie KimOlga BicherovaNatalia YurchenkoElena Shushunova | Oksana OmelianchikAurelia DobreSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalShannon MillerLilia PodkopayevaSvetlana KhorkinaMaria OlaruSvetlana KhorkinaChellsie MemmelVanessa FerrariShawn JohnsonBridget SloanAliya MustafinaJordyn WieberSimone BilesMorgan HurdSimone BilesAngelina Melnikova


World Balance Beam Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyTanaka KeikoLarisa LatyninaEva BosákováNatalia KuchinskayaErika ZucholdNellie KimLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciVera CernaMaxi GnauckOlga MostepanovaDaniela SilivaşAurelia DobreDaniela SilivaşSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalLavinia MiloşoviciShannon MillerMo HuilanDina KochetkovaGina GogeanLing JieAndreea RăducanAshley PostellFan YeNastia LiukinIryna KrasnianskaNastia LiukinDeng LinlinAna PorgrasSui LuAliya MustafinaSimone BilesPauline SchaeferLiu TingtingSimone BilesAshikawa Urara


World Floor Exercise Champions
Matylda Pálfyová • Helena RakoczyTamara ManinaEva BosákováLarisa LatyninaNatalia KuchinskayaLudmilla TourischevaNellie Kim | Elena MukhinaEmilia EberleNatalia IlienkoEcaterina SzaboOksana OmelianchikDaniela Silivaş | Elena ShushunovaDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaCristina BontaşKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDina KochetkovaGina GogeanGina Gogean | Kui YuanyuanGina GogeanAndreea RăducanElena GómezDaiane Dos SantosAlicia SacramoneCheng FeiShawn JohnsonBeth TweddleLauren MitchellKsenia AfanasyevaSimone BilesMurakami MaiSimone BilesMurakami Mai


U.S. National Champions
Donna Schanezer | Muriel Grossfeld • Marie Walther • Gail Daley | Doris Fuchs • Donna Schanezer | Linda Metheny • Carolyn Hacker • Linda Scott | Linda Metheny • Joyce Tanac • Cathy Rigby | Linda Metheny • Joan Moore Gnat | Cathy Rigby • Joan Moore Gnat • Tammy Manville • Denise Cheshire | Robin Huebner • Donna Turnbow • Kathy Johnson • Leslie Pyfer • Julianne McNamaraTracee Talavera • Dianne Durham • Mary Lou Retton • Sabrina Mar • Jennifer Sey • Kristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesDominique MoceanuShannon MillerVanessa Atler | Kristy PowellKristen MaloneyElise RayTasha SchwikertCourtney KupetsCourtney Kupets | Carly PattersonNastia LiukinShawn JohnsonBridget SloanRebecca BrossJordyn WieberSimone BilesRagan SmithSimone Biles


U.S. Classic Champions
Seniors
Diane Durham • Tracee Talavera • Sabrina Mar • Doe Yamashiro • Phoebe Mills • Juliet Bangerter • Agina Simpkins • Kim KellyWendy BruceDominique DawesAmanda BordenJaycie PhelpsJennie Thompson • Lindsay Wing • Jennie Thompson • Sierra Sapunar • Vanessa AtlerTasha SchwikertAnnia HatchCourtney KupetsTia OrlandoNastia LiukinNatasha Kelley | Ashley PriessBridget Sloan • Ashley Stott • Olivia Courtney • Mattie LarsonAly RaismanKyla RossSimone BilesAly RaismanAlyona ShchennikovaSimone Biles
Juniors
Tracey Butler • Susie Silverman • Jennifer Barton • Sheryl Dundas | Catherine Williams • Juliet Bangerter | Shannon MillerKim Zmeskal | Laura Segundo • Larissa Fontaine | Amy Shelton • Anne Woynerowsky | Judy Esmero • Kristy Powell | Doni Thompson • Kristi Lichey • Katie Teft • Robin Phelps • Kristin Jensen • Kristin Thome • Morgan WhiteKristal UzelacCarly PattersonNastia LiukinAshley PriessShawn Johnson • Rheagan Courville • Jordyn WieberKyla RossJordyn WieberKyla RossSimone BilesBailie KeyJordan ChilesLaurie HernandezIrina AlexeevaEmma MalabuyoKonnor McClainKatelyn Jong


American Cup Champions
Nadia ComăneciKathy Johnson • Natalia Tereschenko • Stella ZakharovaTracee TalaveraJulianne McNamara | Zoja GrancharovaMary Lou RettonKristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalBetty OkinoKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesKristy PowellKerri StrugElvire TezaViktoria KarpenkoJennie ThompsonElena ProdunovaElena ZamolodchikovaTasha SchwikertCarly PattersonAlicia Sacramone (VT) | Chellsie Memmel (UB) | Zhang Nan-Nastia Liukin (BB) | Patricia Moreno (FX) • Nastia LiukinShawn JohnsonNastia LiukinJordyn WieberRebecca BrossJordyn WieberKatelyn OhashiElizabeth PriceSimone BilesGabby DouglasRagan SmithMorgan HurdLeanne WongMorgan Hurd
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