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
Results courtesy of Gymn Forum and television broadcasts
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
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
Kim Arnold was born on
October 7, 1976.
. This page was created on June
20th, 1999 and last updated on February 17, 2002.