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Kristy Powell
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Powell at the 1997 U.S. National Championships

Country represented

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

Born

February 13 1980 (1980-02-13) (age 41)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Years on National Team

1993-1997

Club

Colorado Aerials; Cincinnati Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Mary Lee Tracy

Current status

Retired

Kristy Powell (born February 13 in Colorado Springs, CO) is a retired elite American gymnast. She is the 1995 American Cup Champion and 1997 co-National Champion (with Vanessa Atler).

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Junior Career

Powell's elite debut came at the 1991 US Classic, where she won silver on uneven bars. She returned to the US Classic the following year, winning gold in the all-around and on balance beam, silver on floor, bronze on bars, and placed fourth on vault. At her first Junior Nationals, she won silver in the all-around.

The following year, she placed thirteenth in the all-around at the Junior Nationals. She was selected to the US team for a friendly meet against Japan, winning silver with her team, vault, bars, and floor, and placing fourth in the all-around. In 1994, she competed at the American Classic, winning gold on vault, silver on bars, and bronze in the all-around. She compted at the US Olympic Festival, winning gold on bars, silver with her team, in the all-around, and on vault, and placed fifth on floor. She went on to compete at two invitationals, one against gymnast from Romania where she won a team silver medal, and one in Sofia, Bulgaria, winning silver in the all-around. At the Junior Nationals, she won gold on floor exercise and placed fourth in the all-around.

Senior Career

Powell's senior debut came in 1995 at the American Cup, where she won the gold medal. At the American Classic, she placed fourth on floor, fifth on vault, seventh in the all-around, and ninth on beam. She was selected to the American team for the Pan American Games, winning the team gold medal.

In 1996, she competed at the American Cup, placing eighth in the all-around, and the American Classic, placing fourth in the all-around. At the US Nationals, she placed seventh in the all-around and won bronze on floor. She advanced to the Olympic Trials, but placed thirteenth and was not named to the Olympic team.

In 1997, she tied with Vanessa Atler for gold in the all-around at the US Nationals. She also won gold on bars, placed seventh on vault and beam, and eleventh on floor. She was named to the American team for the World Championships, where the Americans placed sixth in the team final and Powell placed twenty-third in the all-around.

In 1998, she won gold on uneven bars and silver on beam at the American Classic. She placed twelfth in the all-around at the American Cup. She retired later that year.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1991 Junior American Classic 3rd
Junior U.S. Classic 9
1992 Junior U.S. Classic 1st 4 3rd 1st 2nd
Junior U.S. National Championships 2nd
1993 U.S. National Championships 13
USA-JPN 2nd 4 2nd 2nd 2nd
1994 Junior American Classic 3rd 1st 2nd
Junior U.S. National Championships 4 1st
US Olympic Festival 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 5
Budget Rent a Car Invitational USA vs ROU 2nd
Golden Sands Invitational 2nd
1995 American Classic 7
McDonald's American Cup 1st
Mar del Plata Pan American Games 1st
1996 American Classic 4 2nd
U.S. National Championships 7 3rd
McDonald's American Cup 8
U.S. Olympic Trials 13
1997 U.S. National Championships 1st 7 1st 7 11
Lausanne World Championships 6 23
1998 American Classic 1st 2nd
Visa American Cup 12

Floor Music

1997 - "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" by Bach


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


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