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WHAT IS A GYMNAST ? Between the innocence of boyhood and the dignity of manhood We find an intrepid creature called the gymnast. Gymn a sts come in assorted weights, h eig hts , s h apes,

jersey colors and insignia, but all have the same burning drive: t o compet e eve ry second







of power a nd determination in their make· up.


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SHOCKED ACTtON D ear Mr. Sundby: In 1960 I started r eading "The Modern Gymnast" in California and ever since I h ave e njoyed your wo nde rful magaz ine very muc h . Like Mr. Pond I was also s h ocked w h en ·I read the number of M .G . subscrib e r s in yo ur last editio n . Therefore, I am ver y g la d t h at four of m y fri e ndsgymnas t s of the Amsterdam gymnastic team a nd o ur coach, as k e d m e to arrange f or them to get a s ubsc riptio n to th e M.G. Below you'll f ind t h e five n a m es and addresses o f our n ew M.G. s ubscribe r s: Wim Zwa ff, Sje f Willems, Gerry Praams tra, Ad van Noord, and J a n Koopman. I h o p e tha t these new s ub scriptions will help k eep the M.G. a live. Wilnis, The Netherla nd s Sin cerely, J a n Regi e m ED: Thanks Jan for your enthusiastic support. Many oth<lr subscribers have also taken action in response to Charles. Ponds article. If all continues at this rate the M. G. should be breathing much easier in 1965 . (By the way how are all you other M.G. subscribers progressing in getting new subscribers, rem<lmber each ·one gets one will double our list for a h<lalthier M.G .)

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Dear Ed itor : vVe hav e been I'ece iying y,our exce ll e nt m agaz in e f o r t wo years n ow and are satis fi e d with i t t o th e ext e nt t h at i t is ge n-

e rally info rmative. T h e on ly mnjor c riticism \I·e h ave is t h a t i t d oes not include e nough l'out i ne~ for interm ed iate a n d advanced Gymnasts . Althou g h , we h ave r e ce ntl y fi tarted a Gymnast ics Teanl here Ht V .M.I. it wo uld b e mos t beneficial fo r u s to pick up ideas in t h e var io u s cornpet it iye "au t in es, The Gym s llaps a r e excell e nt and add "') much to the maga zin e. ''Ie h ave diffic ult y in d e t e l'lninin g what A, B. a nd C Inoves a l'e and what ro utin es ,H'e top leyel. P hys icaf' Educatio n Si n cere ly yo urs , J o hn J. Re illy Instructor ED . See Code of points, top international routines. Win ning High Sch o ol routines . Apiil MG.

HIGH SCHOOL D e a r G le nn , Afte r lea fing throug h many fine copies of yo ur Inagaz in e. I fo und t h at the scorin g' of many of the s tate hig h sc h ool meet,: o u t of Ca liforn ia a r e lower in co nl pal'ison with the senr ing of mo s t of our r egional h ig'h se hool 111eets h e re in Los Angeles. n :Jes t hi s m ea n that gene r a ll y, o ut o f Ca lifornia, th e sco l~i n g' is o n a nl or e rigid sca le t h an o urs in Los Ang'e les or th at w e (in Lo s Angeles) tur n ou t better gy mnasts . S incerely, B il Morgnn . Los Ange les, Cn lifo rni a ED .- Flve of the seven members of this years Olympic Team all went to High School In th e Los Angeles area . This should indicate something.

ENJOYED D ea r G len n: I e njoyed La wrence Gridges'· " I ns id e a Young Gymnnst" in the May-June iss ue of Th e Mod ern Gymnast. Here is somethinl{ yo ur r ead e r s may a lso e njoy. As .in d icat ed O il t h e bottom o f t h e shee t , I adopted it fl'Om ",Vhat I s A Boy" by A lan Beck.

Gymnasts are found everywhere, running , swi ng ing, h a nging, jumping, vaulting, mou nting, d ismou nti ng , doi ng calesthen ics

Or falling off. Teammates kid them , op. ponents psyc h them , students ignore them, judges disqualify them, kid brothers won· der at them, coaches critic ize them , girls can ' t





them ,

mothers worry over them , and f a ther's can ' t under s tand why they are n' t out for footb a ll or basketball.

* is*behind *

When your team

in a

m eet


gymnast is incompetentl, lazy, uncoordin . ated, b reak ing training , quitt i ng, careless

and stupid. Just when your team is abou t to win a meet he breaks form , mi sses his

grip, pulls a muscle , leaves out his best move , falls off, or f orgets to show up fOI' the finals.


A gymnast Is a composite creature. He eats like a co llege squa d , sleeps lik e one, and performs like a grammar school boy. To opponents he h as the gr ace of a gull, the speed of a gazell,e, the agility of a spider monkey, the strength of a n ox, the endurance of a camel and the a bility of B eck ner , Ono , Az a rian, Vega and ner all in one!

B a n-


To his coach he h as grace of an elephant , the endurance of a sloth and the a g ility of a stranded wha.le .. He's - held together by ad h esive t ape " ·nd has a·s ·much chance of winning the big meet as h is grand· mother . To the alumnus who knows gym· n as tie St a gym n ast is someone who will never score as high, be as daring, or have

the fin e ness or the spirit of the gymn as ts of h.i s own yesteryear.


A gymnast iikes days off, trips away from home , getting off from classes for a meet, light





medals, ribbons, scholarships and the quiet sa ti s f ac tion that comes from help i ng his te am to win.


A gymnast is a wonderful character , he can be criticized but not discouraged . He can be beaten but can't be made t o quit. You can get him out of an event, but not out of the gym·. He can be dead on his feet or injured but he ' ll complete the event he is in . He may not be olympic material , but he is an example of the American way of life. He is judged not for his religion, not for his racial strain , not for his social ·standing, not for his finances , but by the democratic yardstick of how well he vaults , swings,

individual team.


competes or sacrifices







He is a h ard.working, untiring , determined

kid doing the best he can for h is school all by him self without the adulation of a crowd . And when you· leave the gym or read in th e newsp a per that your team did not win a nd you feel upset that your schaal is not top dog, he can make you feel alm Ighty ashamed with just four sincerely spoken

Adapted Boy ?"


words-"We did


Beck ' s


our best. "

" What



I wis h so m e gal would tnk e it a nd ado pt it es p ec ially for girl s . I am s ure o n e of our g irl s co uld do a good job o n it ! Hope you ca n get it in if s p ace p e rmi ts. Sincerely, J a m es SweeneY Gymnasti c Coach Washington State Un iv. Pullman, Washington

Profile for USA Gymnastics

Modern Gymnast - November 1964  

Modern Gymnast - November 1964