ZINA FUDGE

 

ZINA FUDGE

Zina grew up in Jenks, Okla., and trained at Tulsa World of Gymnastics. She was a standout on the Jenks High School gymnastics team, earning a full scholarship to MU. From 1981 to 1985, Fudge competed for the Tigers while earning a degree in commercial recreation. As a collegiate gymnast, she made the All-Big 8 team, and one year tumbled her way to a first-place finish in the floor competition at the Cat Classic. She also met her future husband, MU wrestler Carl Fudge, while training at Hearnes.

Zina returned to MU in 1986 to work on a master’s degree in travel and tourism research. To support herself, she taught gymnastics at Tiger Academy and later worked for Columbia Gymnastics Club. Fudge finished her degree in 1988, and in 1990 she started her first gym, Flipz USA Gymnastics, in Jefferson City.

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