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Under the leadership of World Champion & Olympic medalist Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, Texas Dreams Gymnastics has established itself as the premiere training club for local aspiring gymnasts through the countries most talented elites.  Whether boys or girls, beginner or advanced, aspiring Olympians or just in it for the fun and fundamentals, our club has a place for your child.  

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6 Qualified to National Championships

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Texas Dreams Confident on Road to Nationals

 

On Saturday, six gymnasts from Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Coppell competed at the U.S. Classic, the final stop on the road to national championships.

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. — Texas Dreams Gymnastics had an impressive showing at the U.S. Classic over the weekend, hitting all routines and winning six medals along the way, the most for any gym at the event.

 

Chris Burdette and Kim Zmeskal Burdette coached a group of six athletes to the annual Chicagoland meet, which serves as both the final qualifying meet to U.S. national championships as well as a warm-up competition for gymnasts who have already qualified to nationals.

 

2016 Olympic alternate Ragan Smith of Lewisville pre-qualified to nationals as a member of last year’s Olympic team, so her focus at the competition was getting a feel for two new upgrades in her uneven bars routine, which is now one of the most difficult sets in the world.

 

Smith, 16, had an outstanding performance both there and on the balance beam, winning the gold medals on both events and scoring an especially high 15.350 on beam, the highest beam score in the world so far this year. Smith is planning on competing all four events at nationals, and after winning the American Cup title earlier this year, she is a favorite to win the all-around crown.

 

Also competing at the senior level were Abigail Walker of Carrollton and Deanne Soza of Coppell.

 

Walker, 15, qualified to nationals at the American Classic last month, but put up a strong showing to finish in the top ten all-around.

 

Soza, also 15, earned her nationals score with a beautiful performance on all four events. Originally from Utah, this was Soza’s first national-level competition with Texas Dreams. After struggling last season, she returned to competition for the first time in over a year with a level of confidence and consistency that she credited entirely to her new coaches and program.

 

At the junior level, Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound won gold in the all-around with routines that showed off both her high levels of difficulty as well as her immaculate execution. 14-year-old Malabuyo, who won four medals internationally in Canada and Italy earlier this year, also picked up the gold medal on floor and the silver medal on beam and will go into nationals as a strong contender for the junior national title.

 

Annie Beard of Dallas and Sydney Barros of Woodstock, Ga., also competed in the junior level, with both gymnasts in their first year at the elite level.

 

Beard, 13, had previously qualified to nationals and so competed only on beam and floor to get some practice in on both events, winning the bronze medal on floor while also looking clean and polished on beam.

 

At 12, Barros is the youngest and newest member of the team with the least experience, but she also had a solid competition, placing 18th all-around to earn her nationals qualifying score with beam a standout event for her.

 

The Dream Team will spend the next two weeks training and preparing for nationals, where they’ll be the largest club team at the meet, and could once again earn several national team spots. In addition, Smith and Malabuyo are both frontrunners for the senior and junior national all-around titles, respectively, and going forward Smith will hope to earn a spot on the four-member world championships team while Malabuyo will aim for one of two openings at Junior Japan International, one of the most prestigious junior-level competitions in the world.

 

The U.S. national championships, also known as the P&G Championships, are set to begin at the Honda Center on Anaheim, Calif., on August 17.

 

About Texas Dreams Gymnastics

 

Texas Dreams Gymnastics has a long history of training the nation’s most talented gymnasts. Owners Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette and their staff operate from an enormous 36,000 square-foot arena. Zmeskal-Burdette is the USA’s first world champion gymnast, and she is also an Olympic medalist and International Hall of Fame member.

 

Texas Dreams is renowned for innovative and inspired coaching and training in all gymnastics trends and techniques. The gym has a record of developing talented athletes at every age level, and has a history of placing elite gymnasts on the U.S. national team every year. For more information about Texas Dreams, please visit www.texasdreamsgymnastics.com or call 972-471-2345.

Kim Zmeskal Named Developmental Coach of the Year

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The U.S. Olympic Committee named Kim Zmeskal-Burdette the Developmental Coach of the Year for 2016.

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. —The United States Olympic Committee announced Kim Zmeskal-Burdette as the 2016 Developmental Coach of the Year for her work leading some of the country’s top elite and Junior Olympic gymnasts to numerous national and international titles.

 

In the U.S. Olympic Committee’s twenty-year history of naming annual award recipients for national coaches of the year, Zmeskal-Burdette, a three-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, is the first gymnastics coach to be named Developmental Coach of the Year. The award is presented to either a coach at the youth club, high school, or junior level, or a coach who is directly responsible for training athletes to reach the junior and/or elite level, the latter of which applies to Zmeskal-Burdette.

 

In 2016, Zmeskal-Burdette most notably coached 16-year-old Ragan Smith to an alternate role on the U.S. Olympic team. Smith came to Zmeskal-Burdette’s gym, Texas Dreams, in October 2013, and within six months, she earned a spot on the U.S. national team.

 

Smith quickly climbed the ranks, and at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, she placed fifth all-around, ahead of three-time Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, and also ranked second in the country on beam, just one point behind 2016 Olympic beam silver medalist Laurie Hernandez.

 

With Smith’s successful transfer, several young gymnasts have followed suit, some traveling across the country to train with Zmeskal-Burdette, whose gym boasts one of the largest elite programs in the U.S.

 

One of these gymnasts is Emma Malabuyo, who moved to Texas Dreams from California, and like Smith, quickly grew to become one of the top gymnasts in the country. Now almost 15, Malabuyo is currently one of the top junior elite gymnasts in the country, having earned eight medals — including three golds — on the international circuit last year, marking the most international medals of any U.S. junior elite gymnast in 2016.

 

In addition to her success with gymnasts at the elite level, Zmeskal-Burdette also runs one of the top level 10 clubs in the country, receiving the 2016 Junior Olympic Program of the Year award from USA Gymnastics for the gym’s continued success with gymnasts at this level. Whereas elite gymnasts have the aim of competing internationally, the goal of most gymnasts who reach level 10 — the highest level in the J.O. system — is to earn a full-ride scholarship to an NCAA Division I school, something they achieve by impressing recruiters by qualifying to J.O. national championships.

 

Last year, Zmeskal-Burdette coached nine gymnasts to J.O. nationals, all of whom finished in the top five on at least one event, and five of whom also earned J.O. national team spots, more than any other gym in the country. Additionally, four Texas Dreams high school seniors at the J.O. level graduated in 2016, moving on to such prestigious NCAA programs as Stanford University, the University at California Berkeley, Yale University, and Bowling Green State University.

 

Now recognized as the top developmental coach in the U.S., Zmeskal-Burdette continues to dedicate herself to her passion of helping young gymnasts succeed at the highest levels in the sport. This spring, 11 gymnasts represented Texas Dreams at J.O. nationals, and so far, four of Zmeskal-Burdette’s elite gymnasts — including Smith and Malabuyo — have qualified to represent the club at P&G Championships in Anaheim this August, where they’ll compete to earn national team spots and international assignments.

 

About Texas Dreams Gymnastics

 

Texas Dreams Gymnastics has a long history of training the nation’s most talented gymnasts. Owners Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette and their staff operate from an enormous 36,000 square-foot arena. Co-owner Kim Zmeskal-Burdette is the USA’s first world champion gymnast, and is also an Olympic medalist and International Hall of Fame member.

 

Texas Dreams is renowned for innovative and inspired coaching and training in all gymnastics trends and techniques. The gym has a record of developing talented athletes of every age level, and has a history of placing elite gymnasts on the U.S. national team every year. For more information about Texas Dreams, please visit www.texasdreams.com or call 972.471.2345.

Widner Named Athlete of the Year

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Chloe Widner, who competes for Texas Dreams Gymnastics, was named Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year by USA Gymnastics.

 

IRVING, TEXAS — 16-year-old Chloe Widner was named the Junior Olympic Athlete of the Year at the annual Texas USA Gymnastics Honoree Banquet held at the Irving Convention Center last week.

 

Widner, who is coached by Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette of Texas Dreams, has qualified to Junior Olympic national championships every year since reaching level 10 — the highest level in the J.O. system — in 2015.

 

After showing consistent improvement each year, Widner earned her first national title at this year’s national championships in Indianapolis, Ind., taking the gold medal for her excellent floor exercise performance. Widner also placed second all-around and on vault and fourth on the uneven bars and balance beam in her division, the strongest overall competition for any gymnast from Texas.

 

In addition to her success at nationals, Widner was the Region 3 all-around, bars, and beam champion this year, and won the gold medals on every event but vault at state championships. Widner was also the state and regional all-around champion in 2016, and she has been named to the J.O. national team two years in a row for her excellence in competition, the highest honor a J.O. gymnast can achieve.

 

A student at Lakeland Christian Academy, Widner committed to the University of Arizona for her NCAA career, receiving a full-ride scholarship from the program that ranked 26th nationally in 2017 among collegiate gymnastics teams. Widner is expected to join the Wildcats in the 2019-2020 season, and should come in as an invaluable member of the team, able to add big scores on all four events.

 

About Texas Dreams Gymnastics

 

Texas Dreams Gymnastics has a long history of training the nation’s most talented gymnasts. Owners Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette and their staff operate from an enormous 36,000 square-foot arena. Zmeskal-Burdette is the USA’s first world champion gymnast, and is also an Olympic medalist and International Hall of Fame member.

 

Texas Dreams is renowned for innovated and inspired coaching and training in all gymnastics trends and techniques. The gym has a record of developing talented athletes at every age level, and has a history of placing elite gymnasts on the U.S. national team every year. For more information about Texas Dreams, please visit www.texasdreams.com or call 972.471.2345.

Ragan Smith named to US Olympic Team

Kim Zmeskal-Burdette

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas was one of eight athletes named to the United States women’s gymnastics team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Smith, who hit all eight of her routines between the two days of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif., finished fifth in the all-around and second on balance beam, where her scores of 14.9 on day one and 15.3 on day two are among the highest in the world.

 

Following a period of deliberation after Sunday night’s competition, national team coordinator Martha Karolyi led the selection committee in choosing the Olympic team, a decision she called the most difficult of her career thanks to Team USA’s massive depth at the moment.

 

Ten-time world champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, 2015 world bars champion Madison Kocian, and newcomer Laurie Hernandez are the five set to compete in Rio next month while Smith will serve as a reserve athlete alongside Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner. Smith, who is coached by Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette at Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Coppell, is the youngest member of the squad and will turn 16 during the Olympic competition in Rio.

 

Smith, the first gymnast from Texas Dreams to make an Olympic team, will travel to the Olympic Training Center in Huntsville, Texas next week to train alongside the team prior to departing for Rio. As a reserve athlete, she will be expected to stay in peak competition shape until the start of the Games, ready to step in at a moment’s notice in case one of the five is injured or otherwise unable to compete.

 

The 2016 season was Smith’s first at the senior level, and her results have consistently put her among the top in the country both at home and in international competition. In addition to her finish this weekend, Smith won silver medals on beam and floor at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy and the gold medal on beam at the Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Wash.

 

Two weeks ago, Smith secured her spot at the Olympic Trials with an eighth-place finish at the U.S. national championships in St. Louis, where her teammates Colbi Flori and Emma Malabuyo also competed. Flori had a fantastic weekend, finishing eighth all-around in the junior division while Malabuyo withdrew to prevent injury, though was named to the junior U.S. national team based on her strong results from earlier in the season.

 

As a special honor while in St. Louis, USA Gymnastics named Texas Dreams as the 2016 Junior Olympic Program of the Year for the gym’s continued success as one of the best clubs in the country for gymnasts competing in the J.O. system. Texas Dreams has seen success in all levels of the J.O. program this season, including sending nine gymnasts to the J.O. national championships in May. 

Eight Medals for Ragan and Emma!

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Ragan Smith of Lewisville and Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound traveled to Italy for the City of Jesolo Trophy this weekend, adding eight special souvenirs to their suitcases for the trip home.

Both had super-consistent performances in Italy with clean work and no mistakes in a very competitive competition. In a field of 27 senior-level competitors (those born in 2000 or earlier), Ragan placed second in the all-around on Saturday, only six tenths behind 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas! She had big scores on all four events for a total of 59.05, contributing to the team gold medal in addition to the silver of her own. On Sunday, Ragan competed in the beam and floor finals, winning the silver medals on both. She had the highest execution score on beam for her clean work there, and the Italian crowd loved her Addams Family floor routine.

Emma competed in the junior division, which featured 25 young gymnasts born in 2001 or later from the United States, Italy, Canada, Germany, Slovenia, and Finland. She earned a silver all-around medal on Saturday, earning spots in all three event finals she hoped to qualify into. Emma picked up silver medals for her clean work on bars and her beautiful performance on floor, and then blew the competition away on beam with both the highest difficulty and the cleanest routine on beam, winning the gold medal there by a full point – a huge win in a sport where tenths and hundredths of points can decide your fate!

For both, the City of Jesolo Trophy was a very strong start to their 2016 season, especially for Ragan, who is hoping to make it to the Olympic Games in Rio this summer (Emma’s not old enough and will have to patiently wait until 2020 for her shot). After their success, the two enjoyed a day of fun in Venice, but now it’s back to Texas Dreams to train hard for the season still to come.

Bowling Green, Yale, Stanford and Berkley, Oh My!

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Congratulations are in order!

Texas Dreams is proud to celebrate four of our high school seniors who have earned spots on college gymnastics teams, one of the greatest achievements for gymnasts at their level.

Jade Buford of Coppell, Kaylee Cole of Flower Mound, Cassidy Keelen of Lucas, and Randi Morris of Arlington signed their National Letters of Intent last month, officially committing to some of the top collegiate programs in the country. Jade is off to Yale University, Kaylee to Stanford University, Cassidy to the University of California at Berkeley, and Randi to Bowling Green State University, where they’ll each begin as freshmen in the 2016-2017 school year.

All four of these young ladies have had incredible careers so far, reaching the highest level of Junior Olympic competition in the United States and earning spots at multiple J.O. national championships in addition to getting fantastic results at dozens of other meets over the years.

With one final season to go at Texas Dreams, we wish Jade, Kaylee, Cassidy, and Randi the best of luck as they finish up their level 10 careers and graduate from high school, and can’t wait to see them continue their greatness in college!

"Cheers" to Bailie

Kim Zmeskal-Burdette

14 months… 8 for 8 all-around golds for Bailie Key!

 

Not bad. (-:  Now what?  Applaud this stellar junior international elite career.  As of January 1st, Bailie will officially be eligible to compete in the senior ranks of this small company of amazing gymnasts.  Throughout the past couple weeks, it has been challenging to settle on our decision.  But in the end, with the 100% undeviating advice and support of those we trust and respect the most, together with Bailie, we decided it best that she forego this year’s Championships.  Letting her safety along with "big picture" goals guide us, it became an obvious decision, although not an easy one.  

 

After another successful camp in July, Bailie was preparing well once again. However at first complaint, Bailie had her elbow examined by the best and reevaluated by our most-trusted.  Luckily, without structural damage, a quick surgery with a short recovery was the best option.  In one way, it can be looked at as poor timing.  But I wouldn’t trade any of the opportunities Bailie has stepped up to for this one.  Each has allowed her to overcome different challenges and showcase new strengths, seven of which were on an international stage.   So, instead of fretting over this missed Championships, we choose to quickly turn the page, redirect to the next goals, and allow her to take a much-deserved breath before starting this next chapter of her career.  

 

Our hope right now is that those with voices in the gymnastics community will choose to “cheers” Bailie with us and realize that it is never easy to stand back and watch a competition of which you have worked to shine.  We are so proud of Bailie and her ownership of her path!  While, selfishly, we are not thrilled to travel to Pittsburgh without her, we are confident with this decision being best for the future dreams she’s working to make her reality.

Beyond The Routine Web-Series

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Via Gymnastike.org: 

The full Texas Dreams Beyond the Routine series is now available for all Gymnastike Gold members. This epic four part series shows Texas Dreams from when is was a tiny idea in the back of Kim Zmeskal and Chris Burdette’s heads to now, years later, where they have the largest elite team in the country. Their four current national team members, Bailie KeyPeyton ErnstNica Hults, and Ragan Smith, are all featured in depth and we also show the other dream team members including Grace Quinn and Macy Toronjo

 

Episode one is centered around Kim and Chris and they tell the story of how Texas Dreams began. Kim goes through her career and what lead her to coaching and tells us how her passion for gymnastics still burns brightly. The gymnasts tell us the advantages to having a big elite team and how they are able to push each other daily.

 

Episode two features Bailie Key and goes through her story including when she began gymnastics, when she moved to Texas Dreams with Macy, and when she became the US Junior National Champion. Bailie has incredible natural talent and Kim described her as eye catching. The sky is the limit for Bailie and we are looking forward to watching her grow the next few years.

 

Peyton Ernst is featured in episode three and as we tell Peyton’s story, it is clear that while her talent is important, her drive and determination have gotten her to where she is today. Peyton had a breakout year last season and is looking to continue that this fall with the goal of World Championships.

 

The final episode features Ragan Smith and Nica Hults and looks toward the future of Texas Dreams. Ragan and her mother tell us about their move to Texas and how Ragan has fit in. Nica tells her emotional story about her proudest gymnastics accomplishment- accepting a scholarship to UCLA. We also look at how social media plays a role in the fame of these young gymnasts. Finally, Kim and Chris explain that Martha Karolyi and Bela Karolyi  have always stressed the importance of bringing up the next generation. While you want to give every gymnast their best shot, you never know how the cards will end up and it’s crucial to have your next group of gymnasts prepared. Kim and Chris have done this and their up and coming elites have a bright future.

Don't miss out on this impressive and exciting series! Watch the inspiring trailer here.

Colbi Flory is gymnast of the year

chris burdette

The amount of work that goes into a gymnasts journey continues to amaze me.  It's that day-to-day grit combined with the ability to perform that inspires others... that makes them feel a connection to a particular athlete.  It's an honor to know that one of our gymnasts were rewarded for just that... it's well deserved, much appreciated, and a testament to the work that she, her teammates, and all of the Dreamers accomplish every day.  Meetscoresonline.com and International Gymnast magazine have announced Colbi as the "Gymnast of the Year".  Please click to read details.  

Congratulations Colbi.  It couldn't have happened to a shorter, harder working, shorter, more talented, shorter (did I already say that) girl.  

-Chris

Prime in every sense of the word

Kim Zmeskal-Burdette

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The Texas Prime Meet 2014 was chocked full of talented gymnasts, passionate coaches, and gymnastics that rocked the Irving Convention Center for 3-days.  I am continuously inspired by the commitment that so many athletes, coaches, and parents make to see their gymnastics dreams through to glory.  I was so fulfilled watching so many gymnasts dial into their competitive spirit, but embrace the fun, exciting part of the sport as well.  It was one of our best competitions ever.  

The Legendz Classic on Saturday night was no exception to that fulfillment and excitement.  With DJ Jenn Miller pumping music that we could feel in every seat, Chris Koehl's incredible dance numbers, rock solid gymnastics from uber-competitive all-stars, and the four Legendz Captains that were as entertaining to listen to as to watch in their element... it was a grand show.  Special thanks to Mary Lou Retton, Anna Li, Kristie Phillips, and Brandy Johnson for making the commitment to be part of our show and for continuing to be such terrific ambassadors to our sport and our athletes.  You were all terrific.  

2015 will be the cliche'... "bigger and better", but it will also bring more new Legendz, more cutting edge entertainment, and new champions.  I hope you're a part of it.  We sold out on Saturday night and the Prime filled early, so please be sure to reserve your spot and your tickets early.  I'll see you then.

Kim Zmeskal-Burdette 

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