Kim Arnold (USA)

1988 Junior Pan Am Games: 4th AA, 3rd V, 3rd BB, 3rd FX
1992 U.S. Nationals: 18th AA
1992 Israel Peace Cup: 9th AA, 1st V, 1st UB
1993 U.S. Nationals: 13th AA, 3rd V
1993 Soapberry Shop World Challenge

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Like many gymnasts, Kim Arnold moved away from home at an early age to pursue the Barcelona Olympic dream. Although she excelled at Eaton's Desert Devils in Arizona, Arnold was never able to crack into USA Gymnastics' top ranks. A less than steller performance at the 1992 U.S. Championships failed to qualify her to the Olympic trials.

Arnold recouped after the Olympic trials, and stuck with gymnastics. In the next couple of years, Arnold enjoyed some success nationally (e.g., Bronze medalist on vault at the 1993 U.S. Nationals) and internationally. The world of college gymnastics took notice, and in 1994 Arnold was very much a top recruit for on the collegiate scene. In the end, she accepted a scholarship from the University of Georgia.

Arnold's first two years at Georgia were not stellar, but things changed in her sophomore year. She started dating Pete Arenas (then one of the University of Georgia's baseball players), spent more time with her family (for the first time in over seven years she spent the summer at home in Portland with her family), and switched her major from physical therapy to early education. Arnold returned to Georgia renewed, and it showed in her gymnastics. At the end of Arnold's collegiate gymnastics career, she was later awarded the prestigious Honda award (top NCAA athlete of the year for all sports).

Arnold married Pete Arenas, and in February 1999 the couple's first child, daughter Isabel, was born. Their second daughter, Elena, joined the family in 2001. In 2006, Kim and Pete took over Classic City Gymnastics in Athens, GA, renaming it Georgia Elite Gymnastics. Coaching the optional kids are fellow former UGA alumni Cory Fritzinger and Agina Simpkins!

Kim Arnold was born on October 7, 1976.

. This page was created on June 20th, 1999 and last updated on February 17, 2002.

 

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