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Kim Zmeskal: Determination to Win: A Biography
This is the compelling story of the first American to win the World Championships in the sport of gymnastics, Kim Zmeskal. It describes her rise to the top, her heartbreaking defeat in the 1992 Olympics, and her courageous decision to make a comeback.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by MIT Press (MA)
(first published November 1994)
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Of course, I am biased since Kim is a friend of mine. Great insight into the world of high level gymnastics training and competition. I recommend this book for any young gymnast. Although many young gymnasts won't know who Kim is/was, it is important for them to know where the sport has come from and legends of the sport as well.