Kim was the first American woman to become World All-Around Champion in 1991 and was the US National Champion in the senior division three years in a row from 1990-92. From a young age, she trained with coaching great Béla Károlyi, who had bought a gym in her Houston, Texas neighborhood. There, she had the chance to observe and interact with her heroine, Mary Lou Retton. Kim later became famous in her own right, most notably for her middle tumbling pass on floor - a round-off, three consecutive whip-backs, back-handspring, into a double-back in the tucked position sometimes with four whips into double-back!
A look back at the awe-inspiring footage from the 1991 Worlds where the thunderous crowd practically drowns out Kim's music is sure to bring back the goosebumps from that extraordinary moment.
Today, Kim and her husband, Coach Chris Burdette, continue her gymnastics legacy at Texas Dreams Gymnastics and host the annual Texas Prime Meet. The meet brings out riveting competition, but by far, the most anticipated event is the Legendz Classic. Legendz is an energy-packed, 2-hour event that features three Olympic gymnasts as team captains for the top 15 Level 9/10 gymnasts in the previous sessions.
“While coaches can provide instruction, inspiration is what the Legendz Classic is all about. The balance of coaches helping their athletes and Olympic greats giving first-hand input is what the Legendz Classic is all about.” Kim Zmeskal-Burdette
Each year Kim works with GK to design the Texas Prime Meet Leotard. This year's design began with a custom tank leotard in Black Mystique similar to GK Style 3456. Custom Zeon Nylon/Spandex Print was added giving it a neon-light effect. To complete the leo, the meet logo was embroidered on the back. Here is one of Kim's protégés sporting the finished product... introducing Ms. Riven Belle, Kim's daughter, modeling her first GK gymnastics leotard.
GK gives Riven Belle a perfect score for cuteness execution!
GK. Choice of Champions. (Even teeny-tiny ones!)