Flashback: Kim Zmeskal golden

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Kim Zmeskal is now 37 and has turned to coaching, and says the 1991 world all-around title was a defining moment in her life.

On this day in 1991, Kim Zmeskal became the first American to win the all-around gold medal at the world gymnastics championships. The 4-foot-7, 80-pound 15-year-old, who was coached by Bela Karolyi, edged defending champion Svetlana Boguinskaia of the Soviet Union in Indianapolis. Since then, five Americans have claimed all-around gold at the event, most recently Jordyn Wieber in 2011. Shannon Miller (1993-94), Chellsie Memmel (2005), Shawn Johnson (2007) and Bridget Sloan (2009) also have accomplished the feat. The 2013 world championships are scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp, Belgium. National all-around champion Simone Biles is among the 11 Americans at this week’s selection camp hoping to earn a berth.

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