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Of course the World Games was a full agenda, and we have a preview feature in this issue for you. A complete detailed report will practically fill the January/February issue. Cathy Rigby's record-breaking accomplishment set the whole U.S.A. a bit brighter at year's end, and needless to say that those who have worked with her for so long were jubilant. Mademoiselle Gymn ast is proud to have been able to feature Cathy and follow her progress to this high point, and we heartily congratulate her for her devotion and effort and for the recogn ition and rewards she has brought to herself and her country. The article on page 20 by Marilese Tronto was submitted by her instructor, Miss Rosalia Gioia, physical education department chairman , New Hyde Park High School , New Hyde Park, New York. Miss Tronto is a 10th-grade student, age 14, and we appreciate her thoughts and considered them worthy of sharing with you . We do hope more of our readers, teachers and students, friends and parents will share such material and ideas with us.

Best wishes for all good thin gs in the new year!

Cathy Rigby (1 ), shown here on the trophy stand shaking hands with Petrik (US .S.R.), became the U.s.A. gymnast of the year by winning the second-place silver medal on the ba lance beam at the 1970 World Championships held in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia .

NAMES 'N' NEWS Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (F.I.G.) at recent World Congress yote the United States Gymnastic Federation (U.S.G.F.) to represent U.S. The United States Gymnastic Federation won a major round in its battle with the United States Amateur Athl etic Union (A.A.U .), breaking the A.A.U.'s 35-year hold on intern ational representation . The vote was 20-8 for th e U.S.G.F. , w hi ch now will represent the United States in internation al gymnastics. The U.S.G.F. was born out of the Nat ional Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) feud with the A.A.U. for dominance in American Amateur athletics. The N .C.A.A. joined with hi gh schools and other amateur bodies to form th e federation movement.




Of International interest from the Olympische Turnkunst: Larissa Latynina (USSR), next to Vera Caslavska, the grea test gymnast of all time, was recently judging at a dual meet in the DDR (East Germany). Asked about Natalia Koutschinskaj a and Sinaida Voronina she said that Natalia had recently won a heavi ly contested co mpetition with 76.25 points ... . Marianne Noack, w ith Karin Janz among the spectators, was th e star of two exhibitions given by a DDR team in Southern Germany. The press praised her for her free straddled handspring (Saito) forward on the beam and the free circle to handstand on the high bar (u nevens) with half turn (and change of grip).




Mildred Prchal , "Lady On The Go," was featured in th e Burlington ' Northern's monthly publication, Commuter News, read by some 20,000 riders on the suburban Chicago area system. (See the article by Gretchen on the Gymnastics Modern seminar headed by Mrs. Prchal in August.)

Pictured here are photos sent to us by our Mile C artist-friend Milan Med of Czechoslovakia of past Olympian Vera Cas lavska and her daughter sharing a workout.

1970 World Championships With this edition of Mademoiselle Gymnast we will give you a quick preview report of the world championships to be followed by further reports and complete score statistics on every contestant in each event along with plenty of action photos by Don Wilkenson. The opening ceremonies was a pageant display as each country marched on the platform in their official dress. From minis to maxis and tights to boots, all colors and styles that were far from conforming made it an exciting sight to behold. Following the team presentation the Yugoslavian hosts put on a program consisting of folk dancing, ballet and physical education routines of novel origin using all types of mats, ladders and carts. Reminiscent of their past Gymnaestrada presentations. A brief look at the results of the competition show the Russian girls on top for the team standings with 380.65, East Germany was second at 377.75, Czechoslovakia third with 371 .90, followed by japan, Romania and Hungary, with the U.S.A. placing seventh with 360.20. Turistceva of Russia wo'n the all-around with 77.05. Zuchold of East Germany placed second with 76.45. Voronina was third with 76.15. Cathy Rigby (silver medal winner for the U.S.A. in the balance beam event) placed 15 all-around with 74.45. Other U.S. placings were joan Moore and Adele Gleaves, 33rdplace tie; Wendy Cluff, 44th; Cleo Carver, 49th, and Kim Chace, 61 st out of 137 contestants. In the individual event finals, Zuchold of East Germany won two gold medals, vaulting and balance beam . janz of East Germany won on the unevens, and allaround champ Turistcheva of Russia took the top honors in floor exercise. All and all an exciting competition, especially with Cathy Rigby taking second place on the balance beam for a silver medal (that's about as close as you can get). Scenes from opening ceremon ies program.


East Germany (second place)

U.S.S.R. (first place)

World Games all-around champs: Zuchold (E. Ger.), 2nd; Turistceva (U.S.s.R.), 1st; Varon ina (U.s.s. R.), 3rd; Janz (E. Ger.), 4th; Burda (U.s.s.R.), 5th ; Petrik (U.S.s.R.),6 th .

Czechoslova kia (third place)

U.S.A. flag flies at World Championships as Cathy Rigby wins the silver medal in the balance beam finals.


HITHER AND YON WITH THE U.S.A. TEAM by Bud Marquette Thi s articl e is spec ifica ll y w ritten as a bri ef summary to be fo ll owed by detail ed reports from M rs. Pau lin e Prest idge in England , Mrs. D ale Fl ansaas on th e Reno, Nevada, train ing camp, M r. Vannie Ed wa rd s from Lublj ana, Yugos lav ia, and Mu ri el Grossfeld in Z uri ch, Sw itze rl and . At th e conc lu sion of th e Fi na l Tri als at Denver, Co lorado, th e top 13 girl s were inform ed as to th e Septem ber dates fo r th e trainin g prog ram. Th e three-week sess ion was conducted und er th e leadershi p of Nati onal Coach, M rs. Dale Fl ansaas and her most ca pab le N ati onal Coac hing staff - M uri el Grossfe ld, George Lew is, Vannie Edwa rds, and ass istin g as in stru ctor, Ruth McBri de. Yours trul y was unab le to a end unti l th e last week due to illn ess . Linda M eth eny also un abl e to attend as a seri ous ankl e injury kept her from ri gid trainin g, and indeed she was sorely mi ssed. Youn g Roxa nn e Pi erce sustain ed a fractured foot, Kathy Denni son's kn ee did not respo nd , and thi s furthe r dep leted our status quo. Th e girl s and staff d id wo rk very hard in spi te of th e many di stractin g ven ues w hi ch had to be honored in o rder to make th e program fin anc iall y so lvent. Upon conclus ion of th e training ca mp and th e se lecti on by the Nati ona l Coac hi ng staff, th e eight girl s w ho would rep resent th e U.S.A. 'at th e Wo rl d Games, all departed fo r home and given a few days to pack, rest and aga in assemble at New Haven, Con n. , for bri efing and fin aliza ti on of routin es. Hostin g th e gro up were the hard work ing parents and fri end s of M uri el Grossfe ld. Last-mi nute attenti o n 10 clothin g repairs and unifo rm adju stm ents were in ord er. We are trul y grateful to W alter Zw ickel, Phil adelphia; Dale Ga ll oway, Sac ramento; Ed Go mbos, Chicago, fo r their generous issuance of swea ts and leota rd s for th e gi rl s. A wo rd of praise must also go to Muriel's tea m for makin g up such pretty uni form d resses w ith the untiring efforts of M uri el Dav is. Th e travel cloth ing and bags

were loaned to th e girls by th e Long Beach SCATS. Th e Na ti onal Coach ing Staff thanks all of you fo r your help and fo rethought. Upon leav ing N .Y. , the teams flew to London , England , w here we certai nl y had a marve lous v isi t w ith ou r good fri ends, Jim and Pa ulin e Prestidge, Roy Tay lor and his Assoc iates, and one can not fo rget th at grand guy N ic k Stewa rt. O ur v isit to Lo ndon w ill be repo rted in detail by Paul in e in next iss ue of th e M il e G. Renew ing o ld acq uaintances d uring ou r brief stay in Lo ndon was indeed a thrill for Ca th y, Wendy and myself. O ur pe rsonal th anks to Ralph Mayo, Jac k Harrower, Ji m Ca meron, John Atk inson and all the youngsters w ho came to wa tch th e perfo rm ance. Th e next leg of o ur j ourney took us to Zagreb, Yugos lav ia and th en via a 3-hour bus rid e to Lubjana, w here we were q uartered in a most pl easa nt and modern hotel. (M r. Va nni e Edwa rd s' detail ed report to fo ll ow.) Th e attitu de and frien dliness of everyone set th e pa ttern fo r th e entire two weeks. Need less to say, th e highli ght of th e entire tri p for all the U .S.A. boys, girl s and coaches alike was th e clim acti c fini sh of A meri ca's li ttle Cathy Ri gby and th e w inning of a silver medal in th e ba lance beam competiti on. Aga in fo r thi s w riter another drea m come true! After a most wonderful stay in Yu gos lav ia, tea ms fl ew to Z uri ch, Sw itzerl and for a bri ef v isit and competiti o n w ith our good Sw iss fri en ds and th e Japanese tea ms. O ur th anks mu st go to M r. and M rs. Peter Z immerman and Hans Peter Frey for being such grac ious and charmin g hosts. W e onl y hope th at some day in th e near future we in the U .S.A. ca n repay all of you by mak ing you fee l as we lcome in our land as we did in yours.

Be low: Ca rv er, Hill and Ch ase perform ing during the Eng land- U.S.A. competition at Albe rt Hall.



More preview action scenes from the World Championships. Nex t edition of Mile G will contain complete statistics of all team and individual scorin g and placing in every event (with lots of pictures and comments).


World University Games By Delene Darst Mrs. Darst was the judge-manager for th e women 's gy mn as tic team from th e u.S .A.

their routines were very ori gin al and their technique almost flawless. All four of the Russian girls swung their whole routine. Their beam routines were excellently performed but lacked originality. Again technique was the most outstanding characteristic of their floor exerc ise routine. The j apanese women were second and the Hungarians were third. Both of these teams had improved a great deal since Mexico. In fact, the japanese girls were right even with the Russians until one of them fell on an eagle catch on the uneven bars. Their tumbling w as superb both on beam and floor. All three teams demonstrated very good vaulting skills. The most popular vault was the yamashita, with several adding a half twist. There was a great deal of original ity shown on bars and beam especially in connecting moves. One Hungarian girl performed an aerial cartwheel on the beam which made everyone who was watching gasp . The Hungarians and japanese also showed lots of different kinds Pa tty McGa rry

u.s.A. Wo men's Universit y Games Team; I to r, M rs. Delend]. Darst, ma nager-;udge; Terr y Spencer, joanne Con nolly (alternate), Ca rolyn Riddell, Oiane Ol iver (a lternate), Barba ra Bauer, Pa tty McGa rry, M rs. Ma rgit Treiber, coach .

The World University Games began on August 26, 1970, in Turin , Italy, with as much pomp and splendor as the Olympic Games. A ceremony which saw over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials marching around a track by nations in a stadium filled with more than 8,000 spectators, included welcome speeches by officials, raising of the Universaide flag, and the lighting of the torch. It was truly an exciting experience to take part in such a ceremony. It was the only time all the athletes were in one place at one time so there was a great deal of pin ' trading and conversation going on among all of them . The competition began on the same day as the opening ceremonies and continued until September 6 and the closing ceremonies. The United States competed in swimming and diving, fencing, men's basketball , tennis, track and field , and gymnastics. All of the athletes did a fine job and they brought home a large number of medals. The gymnastic competition began on August 31 after a week of working out. The organization set up for workout times was excellent. We alternated morning and afternoon workouts as well as workout sites. We had the opportunity to work out with the Hungarians and the japanese, and became friends with the gymnasts and coaches in spite of the language barrier. They looked very good during the training sessions and continued to do so in the competition. After adjusting to the time change, differences in food and soft mattresses, the American girls' workouts improved . Terry Spencer sprained her ankle on Thursday before the competition on Monday and we were afraid she would be unable to compete . But, with the excellent medical facilities set up for the Games and the prompt attention given her by the doctors, she was able to compete at 100% efficiency. Only team and all-around awards were presented and the Russians walked aw ay with the first three places in all-around and the gold medal as the Number 1 team. They were really outstanding in all ways. On uneven bars

Terry Sp encer

of double turns. Other very difficult combinations on the beam were cartwheel, back handspring, back somersault, dismount, without a hesitation in between the skills; back walkover, back handspring, back extension roll pirouette out, and a front aerial mount from the side finishing in a sitting position . In the team competition , the United States was fifth behind the Russians, Japanese, Hungarians, and Czechoslovakians. All four girls from the United States did a fine job, and we were very proud of them . We were lacking in originality on bars as well as difficulty, but our beam routines were very good, lacking only difficulty in turning. The floor exercise routines were certainly up to

the level of the Russians and Japanese in terms of composition, but we were weak in fine technique and our tumbl ing was relatively low. We sti II need a great deal of work in vaulting to be on the level of the top teams. Terry Spencer was our most outstanding gymnast finishing 13th in the all-around. She had better than a 9.0 average on all four events. Her best performance was on the balance beam where she scored a 9.35. Patty McGarry moved from 24th in the first day of competition to 18th after completing all four events. Her best performance was also on the balance beam where she scored a 9.0. Barbara Bauer and Carolyn Riddell finished 21st and 22nd respectively in the all -around . -14-

Barbara Bauer

The gymnastic competition was concluded with the presentation of each team, the awarding of the all-around medals, and then the team awards. There were no individual event medals presented. The national flags of those receiving awards were raised as the band played an international university theme. The University Game concluded on Sunday, September 6th, at the end of the final track event. It too was very impressive as all 56 national flags were paraded around the track as well as standards with each country's name on it. Five different bands were performing. The most impressive was a group playing only brass horns and ran in time with their playing completely around the track and then into the middle of the field. They received a standing ovation from the large crowd that filled the stadium. The ceremonies were concluded as the President of FISU addressed the crowd and passed the Universaide flag to Mr. Wick Rodis of the United States where the next Winter Games will be held in 1973. The .torch that had burned throughout the Games was extinguished, and fireworks went off as some of the athletes spontaneously ran around the track and field , arm in arm, regardless of what country they represented . It was a marvelous experience for all who were there. Many new and lasting friendships were made among the athletes and officials from the different sports as well as from the different nations.

Ca rolyn Riddell


Gretchen Dowsing (foreground), instructor M ildred Prchal in white blouse.

The First Gymnastics Modern School by Gretchen Sunderland Dowsing The fresh, mountain beauty of Sokoi Woodlands, New York, added immeasurably to our enjoyment of the First National School for Gymnastics Modern (August 30September 4). Directed by Mildred Prchal and Norma Zabka, this school attracted students from California to New York, and even a few from Canada . .. The instructors added an exciting international flavor to our workshop: Maria Bakos is the coach of the Hungarian Gymnastics Modern Team; Eva Balazs, now teaching at Sargent College, is from Czechoslovakia. After settling ourselves in our modern motel rooms, we began classes in the huge, beautiful gymnasium set in among the pines. We were instructed in basic to advanced skills with quite a variety of hand apparatus, including hoops, balls, clubs, ribbons, and ropes. Every morning (despite our sore muscles!) Mildred Prchal led us in ballet warm-ups, which helped us better understand the terms and positions used in modern gymnastics. Maria Bakos gave us a daily workout-in body wave technique, stressing the importance of using the whole body in all gymnastic work. We gained experience learning compulsory routines with the help of Eva Balazs; she assigned us "homework" in the form of interpreting these compulsories so that we could perform them with a group. Films of the European modern gymnastics teams were shown everyday, probably in the hope that we would be inspired to greater heights! The evenings were used for additional practice and group discussions covering the topics of judging, equipment, available books, and suggestions for improvement. The students attending the school included physical education teachers, part-time gymnastics instructors, and college gymnasts. Each one seemed to find the instruction and experience valuable. The unqualified success of this summer's workshop insures its place as an important annual event. The results of our learning will surely contribute to the growth and popularity of the beautiful sport of Gymnastics Modern in the United States. 路18路









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During the past few years , gymnostics has become a very gratifying part of my life . Through gym nastics, particularly floor e x erc ise, I have found a medium in which to e xpress myself. For me, there are few keener joys in life than to feel the precision and clean sharpness in a well-executed movement. Fear is still a large obstacle for me to overcome. However, it is not actually fear as much as it is lack of confidence in my capability to do a move, such as vaulting over the horse with the beat-board four and one half feet away. It is very pleasing to overcome a fear and be able to do the move, but it is very disheartening to fail continuously merely because of lack of confidence when I can do the move with a finger spot, but remain unable to summon enough courage to do it alone. In the 7th grade when I was first introduced to gymnastics , I always felt a wonderful exhilaration even in mere anticipation of gymnastics. I still feel this way today. Gymnastics is a magnificent cure for mental depression, for it requires concentration deep enough to blot out most other thoughts. After I leave a gymnastics session, other than the physical sensations of exhaustion, weak and shaking muscl,es, and a good "tiredness," I always feel happier, far more relaxed, and definitely more content. Some may say this is because I reassured myself I can do some things fairly well, but even when I was in grade school and generally acknowledge one of the worst tumblers in the school (not even good enough to make the first team!) I still experienced these feelings of great enjoyment. I have found that the determination and perseverance needed for any degree of success in gymnastics has also carried into life outside the gym. The muscular as well as mental discipline (for one must be disciplined to repeat a move over and over and over again without any noticeable improvement) needed for gymnastics is valuable in other areas as well. When there is music playing and I can do free-ex without restraint, this is the way I can best pretend to be what I consider some of the most beautiful things in life. I can be the wind, rushing quickly and then retreating in soft darting movements ... or a bird winging strongly and swiftly down swooping air currents . . . or perhaps a small fish - a mere sliver leaping cleanly from surging waters into fresh sunlight from the pure joy of living ... a petite flower, a dreamily floating snowflake . .. so many things can I feel in gymnastics that I can never find elsewhere. In conclusion, the discovery of gymnastics has been a great deal more to me than learning to conquer new sensations and feelings. It has opened for me an outlet for emotions, an enjoyable way of learning difficult discipline, and a way to express myself . . . perhaps better than I ever could in words. . . .Marilise Tronto


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Flip-flap on the 4-inch beam Erika Zuchold senior women's gymnast of the GDR By Karl-Heinz Friedrich

The fan mail for Erika Zuchold is piling up. The graceful gymnast and silver medal winner in the vault in both the world championship and in the Olympic Games, tries to reply to each letter. She is writing in English to a Mexican boy and in Russian to a nurse in the Soviet Union. "No doubt, there will be mistakes in them," she confesses, "but I learn a lot from writing." One year ago, Erika graduated from the Teachers' Training College in Leipzig. Recalling her first test lesson with a group of ten-year-old school girls, she says : "The girls behaved very well indeed and seemed to hang on my lips." -Small wonder if one considers that only a few weeks ago P.E. teacher Erika Zuchold had won two Olympic medals in Mexico City: a silver medal for the individual vault and a bronze one for the over-all team competition . She was near winning a third medal in the individual rankings of the women's 8-exercises combined competition but finally had to take fourth place, nevertheless proving that she has to be rated among the strongest gymnasts in the world .

Sisters between themselves: Experienced Erika giving hints to up-and-coming Monika.

Breaking new ground In framing her program of exercises, the almost fifteenyear-old girl did not follow the well-worn path. She always felt like trying something new, to find elements and sequences of exercises which had not been done before. When told that Mr. Yamashita of Japan had "invented" a new jump over the long horse she felt challenged to try it over the women's transversely-placed horse. Two years later she demonstrated this new type of exercise, and was awarded maximum points by two judges. Though the Olympic Games in Tokyo remained a dream because of her injury, her comeback was a brilliant success. At her world championship debut in Dortmund in 1966 she produced her "Yamashita" in the vault final. She did it with superb control and succeeded in winning the silver medal. The 1970 world championships are just around the corner. Erika Zuchold, the youngest member of the GDR team in 1964, has attained seniority status now. Like anyone else in the GDR squad including Karin Janz, four times European champion, she underwent an intense preparation. They all will do their best in Lubljana to keep the good reputation of GDR women's gymnastics intact.

How her Olympic dream came true Erika Zuchold's dream of competing in the Olympic Games could well have come true, already four years earlier. In 1964, the sixteen-year-old girl, then known under her maiden name Erika Barth j made headlines in the sports press as the first gymnast in the world , who ventured in a competition upon the flip-flap (a backward flip) on the 4-inch wooden beam . Although she was standing head and shoulders above her rivals, because of a tragic injury in the last minute the trip to Tokyo was out of reach . The tears she shed at that time are forgotten . Today she admits : "There was also a bright side to it. At the Kreischa sanatorium, where I underwent treatment for my Achilles tendon trouble, I came to know my husband , and that made up for my disappointment. " In 1966, Erika gave the 'autograph of her life' to Leipzig track-racing cyclist Dieter Zuchold at a Dresden registrar's office. Dieter Zuchold is an engineer by trade and was, at that time, a member of the GDR' s 4,000 m pursuit team which had set a world record in 1963. Erika's enthusiasm for gymnastics was aroused by her father who taught her how to perform side splits, armstands and horizontal balances on one leg. It was more meant for play and a pastime, nothing more. In the course of time, however, it became evident that the girl was extraordinarily gifted for gymnastics and calisthenics. Later after Erika had become a member of the SC Leipzig, her talent was developed systematically by experienced coaches and she was given the opportunity to train together with the top female gymnasts of Leipzig. Among them was Ute Starke, the European vault champion of 1961. Nobody then had the least inkling that the vault would become Erika's favorite event in the following years.

Challenge from her own family? At home at Lucka near Altenburg a little gymnast will watch the world championships on television. She is Monika Barth, Erika's 14-year-old sister. There is a striking likeness not only with regard to their faces and figures. Even in the movements and in the lay-out of her exercises, young Monika cannot belie her affinity to her famous sister. In the competitions of the GDR's Third Children's and Youth Spartakiad in Berlin in 1970, Monika Barth, in her floor exercises used music and elements from her sister's youth championship performances. In the vault final she beat all rivals. Her Spartakiad victory in the vault left no doubt that she has something of her sister' s natural talent. When asked if she believed in becoming as successful as her sister, Monika seemed a bit frightened. "Well," she said, "until I can do that I will have to learn a lot more." It is a sure thing that Erika will give the little Spartakiad champion all her help. (pANORAMA DDR) 路22-

Erika Zuchold's favorite event on the 4-inch beam. Her flip-flap made her known all over the world.


Information pertaining to the A.A.U. Junior Olympic Competition: The September M .W .G.C. Newsletter indi ca ted Editor Owen Perkins' concern about a change in the Junior O lympic Compul sories for this 19 70-7 1 season ... he rece ived many res'ponses to hi s letter and ed ito ri al from persons all ove r the nation, and it is hi s interpretation of th eir comments th at th e Junior Olympic Compu lsories for 1970-71 wi ll be those published in the guide for 1970-1972. It wou ld be presumptuous to know what the AAU. Olympic G irl s' Committee at the national convention in San Francisco on Dec. 5 w ill decide. However, it is not in th e best interests of the gymnasts, coaches, judges and othe r interested parties to make a major change at this late date . . . . Owen Perkins' suggestion for this season : " The 1971 Junior Olympic Program shou ld use the Developmental Leve l compulsories as published and distributed by th e A.A.U. of the U.S. for 1970-1972 and nationally sponsored by The Quaker Oats Compa ny" ... and for the future. . .. " If indeed it is wise to change for the 197 1-72 season to modifications of the AAU. junior nation al compul sori es (I' bel ieve it has merit and shou ld be given serious consideration) that this decisic)Il shou ld be made at th e Dec. 5 meetin g with a stiup lation th at a supplement contain ing these exerc ises be printed and made avai lable not later than May 1, 1971, or the change be voided. Thi s would allow spring, summer and fall clinics to include these compulsori es in training of judges, coaches as well as gymnasts."

The First Judging Clinic and Exam at the Ann Arbor Y on Sept. 25-26 was a great step forward! About 30 people attended the clini c, and 18 participated in the exam! Continued effo rts by judgin g chairman Li nda Morton and her comm ittee w ill see more rated officials in Mic higan and a hi gher leve l of judging for meets! Judges need to learn th e junior O lympic comp ul sories! To do a proper eva luation when j udging and to pass th e exam req uires a thorough knowledge of these compulsories routines . Two Avenues Are Open for Learning These Routines: The compu lsory cl ini cs on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 and the Second Judging Clinic in November. Watch for the Flyer on the Second Judgi ng Clin ic and Exam!!! ... Mid-America Conference (F lint, Michigan, team): Gymnasts representing Flint in the Mid-America Conference : Gay le Compton (age 14), Nancy Dickey (13), Becky Ensign (10), Dianne Grayson (15), Sha rmane Peek (11 ), Cindy Roberts (13), Maddie Wetherell (18) ... the home dual meets will be held in Flint (not in M adison Heights as originally an nou nced) . . . the first meet is tentatively schedu led for Saturday, Dec. 12 . . . Champaign , Illinois vs. Fl int, Mich ... . com ments from Jim McGraw, Flint coach , on the Flint team and its competitors : "We are defin itely youn g, inexperienced and wil l take ou r lumps for awhil e. Compu lso ri es wi ll be used as well as optiona l exercises. At least half the conference teams we meet have one or more U.S. national team members; one team nas three ... Dianne Grayson is one gi rl w ho at the present time can compete at thi s hi gh level with success. She has the necessary experience - is determined - and shou ld finish nea r the top in any competition she enters. I' m anti cipating a great yea r for her.. . . Our next best AA. performances shou ld come from Nancy Dickey and Gay le Compton . A lthough not as 'polished, they both should eventually deve lop into good gymnasts .... Sharmane Peek and Becky Ensi gn are too small to work regu lation ba rs ... they will only be entered in three events, as wi ll Cindy Roberts and M addie Wetherell M addie has just recently returned tQ us after a two-yea r absence. ... Now graduated, she is servi ng in the capac ity of assistant coach for ou r newer gymnasts and slow ly working herself back into shape to help fill our ga ps until ou r younger ones develop some experi ence. Our best team event w ill be floo r exercise .. . shortage of seasoned gy mnasts will hurt our cons istency . . . . Our routines are difficult ... these kids are a very determined bunch .... Di anne, espec ially, shou ld be reaching her peak, and I pred ict that this yea r will see her make the U.S. training ca mp." ...

NEW JERSEY: by Helen Sjursen Junior Olympics National Trampoline Girls' Champion fo r 1970 is Greer Th ompson of Tennessee .. .. USGF Olympic Tour .. . Reservations now being accepted ... total co st approximately $600 per person . . . includes air transportation, hotel and ti ckets to opening ce remonies Aug. 26th, Munich, Germ any . . . for further info rm ation wri te to Frank Bare, O lym pic Tour, P.O. Box 469 9, Tucson, Ari zona 85717; telephone (602) 622-3865 . ... 1971 Junior Olympics Girls' Compulsory Exercises . . . the 13-14 and 15-18 age group will use the new 19 71 junior national compu lsories. These rou tines are now avai lable in a packet (i ncludes text, code of deductions, music, film , etc.), cost $10. Order from Di ck Mulvilhill , c/o McKinley YMCA, 500 Church St., Champaign, Illinoi s 61820 . (These com pulsories are th e " mod ified 1970 World Games compulsories" referred to as the " new 1971 junior national compu lsori es" and wi ll also be used fo r th e AAU juni or nationals and YMCA nationals.) ... 1971 Junior Olympics Developmental level for 10-12 Age Group . ... Up to this writing, we still have to wait on a decision for this age group in regards to th e use of comp ul sories . They may remain th e same as last season , or they may be changed. Most likely thi s decision will be made at the December AAU convention. . . . 1971 Junior Olympics Novice level .. . There are no changes in compul sori es for this level for the coming season . . . use the sa me compulsories as was used last year shown in the AAU Junior O lympi cs Compulsory Book . .. YMCA Nationals . .. th e women will use the new 197 1 Junior National AAU compulsori es .... "Skills for Women's Gymnastics" by Helen Sjursen . .. includes skills for uneven bars, ba lance beam, floor exercise and vau lting . .. no need to scan throu gh a dozen separate books to hunt up different skills to learn or to teach .. . over 890 skills, incl udin g some combinations . .. all listed under one cover ... espec ially helpful to coaches and gymnasts with a limited knowledge of gy mnastic skills .. . for convenience the skills have been " unoffi cially" listed as an element of " medium" or "superior" difficulty so that judges may use this book as a guide when judging competitions within th eir loca l area ... no one in the gy mnast field shou ld be w ithout thi s handy, convenient, reference book ... each sk ill illustrated ... beg inner to advanced .. . cost approximatel y $6 more or less, plus postage and handling . . . expected off the press by late October or ea rl y December. Order from HOCTOR RECORDS, WALDWICK, NEW JERSEy .... Get Well , Sandy ... Sandra Stutzman, coach at Trenton State Co llege, w as forced to resign due to illness resulting in hosp itali zation and a long recuperatin g peri od. Bes id es doing an excell ent coaching job, Sandy was instrumental in orga nizin g th e first J.J. State Intercollegiate Champi onships last season and hopes that

Outstanding Michigan Girl Gymnast: Dianne Grayson, age 15, is a member of the Flint Olympians team and is coached by Jim McGraw .... Dianne won her first all-around championship in 1966 at the age of 10, w hi ch she followed with four more wins in the prep divis ion ... w hen she was 12, she entered the junior division and won 13 out of 14 meets climaxed by winning th e AAU Junior Olymp ic N ational Champ ionships in 1968 in Tennessee. . .. In 1969 she won th e Michigan State M.A.G . Junior Division Championsh ips .. . in 1970 she placed 10th in UB in her first AAU senior nationals... . Di anne says, "Gy mnastics has enabled me to meet many interesting people and to travel and see many places. It has taught me how to accept a loss and be proud of a w in and to ac knowledge other gym nasts' hard work." . .. Di anne advises beginners, " I would tell a beginn er that if she keeps working and progresses, she has a wonderful future ahead of her and never to get too discouraged and q uit. " ... Michigan Calendar: Michiga n Women's Gym nast ic Com mi ss ion Compulsory Rou tines Clinics, junior Olympic developmental leve l, 13-14 and 15-18, and junior nationals ... headed by Lindsay Cobb with mem bers of the An n Arbor Y Gymnastic tea m Dec. 5, Taylor, M ich . .. . Illin ois vs. Flint dual meet Dec. 12, Flint. . . . Michiga n State YMCA Gymnastic Clin ic at the Mt. Clemens YMCA, staffed by Peter Rondot, Jim Bryden , Bob Sw islo, Dorothy Hoben, Sharon Ri chards, Rusty Weiman, Jerry Tay lor, Carol Cratchoff, Kathleen Berube Dec. 12, Mt. Clemens, Mi ch... . Louisv ille, Kentucky, vs. Flint, Mich. , dual meet Jan . 9 (time and exact site not yet desi gnated) ... YMCA State Compu lsory Meet Jan. 30, 19 71, site to be an no unced.


it will continue to ;be an annual event. Trenton State College is most fortunate in having Phyllis Cooper (a nationally recognized coach and judge and former coach at West Chester State) as the new coach of Trenton's women 's team .... Gymnastics Instructor Needed ... at Hillside Community Center for high school boys and girls. Contact Dave Klurman, Hillside Community Center Township of Hillside, Hillside, New Jersey. Phone (201 ) 923-1285 between 3 :00-6 :00 and 7:00-10:00 p.m.... Competition Wanted for elementary, junior high and high school team , boys and girls ... Spring Valley, New York, area or northern New Jersey area . Contact Pel Mead, gymnastic coach , Kakiat JuniorJ=i-ign, Viola Road, Sprint Valley, New York 10977 .. . New Release .. . " Gymnastics Handbook" by Sam Foget, University of Pennsylvania gymnastics coach (men). ... Cost $8.95, includes chapters on building gymnasti cs in your school, organizing practice sessions, introducing tumbling and free exercise, side horse, still rin gs, long horse, parallel bars and horizontal bars, coaching beginners routines, utilizing sample exercises with 5.0, 8.5 and 10.0 ratings, analyzing parts ABC of routines, preparing for a gymnastics meet, operating a complete meet, evaluating gymnastics performances, the spirit of gymnastics .... Order from Parker Publishing Co. , Inc., West Nyack, New York 10994 (extra for postage and handling).

a change will be voted in at the coming AAU convention ... so ... it looks like we are pretty safe in goin g ahead and using the '71 compulsories .... DGWS Compulsories for 1972 .. . the Division of Girls' and Women's Sports will change their compulsories for the 1972 competitive season . ... Films of the new compulsories will be filmed in the early part of 1971 .... lakewood YWCA Holiday Gymnastic Clinic for Girls Dec. 27-30, Lakewood, Ohio, staffed by Kathie Bodnar, Renee Hendershott and members of the Lakewood Y Girls' Gymnastic team . . . . Bids for dual meets: Coach Vern Dietrich writes that if anyone in the area has boys and girls (all ages except senior) who wish competition other than what is already in the Ohio schedule, the Geneva Vikings compete in all Olympic events, plus tumbling and trampoline . . . they have gymnasts at either novice or developmental level who will compete at home or away ... write to him at 57V2 S. Crowell St. , Geneva, Ohio 44041 .... Ohio Calendar: Fourth Annual Columbus Invitational Dec. 19-20, Worthington, Ohio ... . Great Lakes Region YMCA Girls' Gymnastics Championships (Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia) March 13, 1971 , Cambridge, Ohio .... News from summer clinics: Bobby. Naukam and Phil Naukam, Ron and Joan Ganim, Pete Dusek and Sadau joined forces this summer with Rudy and Janet Bachna to give a record number of gymnastic clinics ... by the end of the second week in August they had reached over 900 boys and girls . . .. Muriel Grossfeld's World of Gymnastics down in Columbus was a great success. From all reports the clinic was very well organized and all participants, both adult and child, gained much during their week' s stay . ... The annual National Gymnastics Clinic at Michigan State University, aside from its many classes for gymnasts, had quite a number of adults' classes. The most interesting thing was that they had two international judges and two national judges (women) there. Adults interested in judging had three days of judging sessions with Jackie Uphues, who was an excellent teacher. They also had 0RPortunity to judge three meets with the experienced judges there to help and路 correct their work . . . what a marvelous 'o pportunity ...... DGWS certification exam was given at the end.

World Games music tape .. . for compulsory floor exercise $2 .50 ... has one recordin g of piano only and one recording of music with vocal directions . .. write Dale Flansaas, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada. Women's minimum age lowered ... it was announced at the USGF Nationals that the FIG has changed the minimum age requirement for female gymnasts in international competition from 15 years to 14 years of age .. .Winter session of the Sokol U.S.A. Gymnastic School .. . in December ... for enrollment or further information, write to Sokol USA, 276 Prospect St. , East Orange, N.J. The gymnasti c school winter session will take place in Tampa, Florida, and will be directed by Milan Trnka, gymnastic coach at West Chester State College, Pa .... Results of Region I, AAU Junior Olympic National Trampoline Championships ... regional champions of each age group : 9 and under, Sara Glover of Monmouth Beach Club, NJ ; 10-12, Mary Lee of New Canaan YMCA, Conn .; 13-14, Barcey Thurston of Somerset Valley YMCA, NJ; 15-18, Betty Stein of Middletown Recreation Club, NJ . ... Betty Stein , qualifier for the 1970 AAU Junior Olympic National Trampoline Championships, was flown to Knoxville, Tenn. in August.. .Now that trampolining is on the increase, NJ Newsletter recommends "Trampoline As I See It" .. . an excellent book containing series pictures of the skills along with detailed explanation of the skills and spotting instructions for same ... cost $3 .95 from International Publications of Lafayette, La., P.O. Box 869 , USL Station, Lafayette, La. 70501 ... "Trampolining" is recommended for those just beginning trampolining ... cost $.95 (don't let the pri ce fool you) from Wm. C. Brown, Co., Dubuque, lowa ... both books contain a wealth of information, both illustrated and written by Jeff Hennessy of La ., a,n expert on the sport of trampolining.




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Edited by Helen Sjursen (ava ilable from the auth or, 46 Poplar Place, Fanwood, N.). 07023. $3.00, plus 18c postage) .. Helen Sjursen has been an active participant in gymnastics for many years: national women's champion in 1947 and 1948 and member of the 1948 Women's Olympic Gymnastic Team. She has been a keystone in the New jersey Gymnastics Association and edits the NjGA Newsletter. Out of her years of gymnastic experience ca me the recogn ition th at a growing sport needed more and better qualified judges; hence, her judges correspondence courses for women and men . Based on the 1968 FIG Code of Points, th e women's course has been updated with each new ruiing listed on a correction sheet (the copy reviewed was up to date throu gh j an. 1, 1970). The course is self-administered and includes a test (with the answers in a sealed envelope) _ Mrs. Sjursen writes in an informal , anecdotal style much like her approach in a clinic situatiof). The book should be read with a copy of the women ' s Code of Points at hand for assistance in definitions and some technical matters. Mostly, however, it does follow the FIG breakdown on compulsories and optionals with descriptions and examples of the factors of execution, form , difficulty (see also her supplementary book Women 's Gymnastics Superior and Medium [difficulty] Book), amplitude, co mposition, originality and general impression. It is interesting to note that " comparison" judging is not discouraged, at least at beginning levels, but honest judging is recognized as the chief obligation of the judge to the gymnast. The hard work involved in judging is not minimized, but emphasis is placed on the satisfaction of doing a good job. The idea of notation - recording what happens as it goes - is stressed. It certainly does make it easier to justify a score, but the system takes time to learn and to use competently. Along this line Mrs. Sjursen presents an alternative approach to judging to reduce' the time involved in arriving at a score. Since the course does not aim to produce international-level judges but competent judges in a local area, her system is quite workable. (The ten points are broken down into four for form and execution, four for difficulty and two for overall general impression and co mposition versus the FIG breakdown of execution and form, 1.5 ; amplitude, 1.5; general impression, 1.0; difficulty, 4; originality, 1.5, and composition, 0.5). One must still be able to add three component scores co rrectly, but it is easier than six scores as an erratum on page 35 demonstrates (this is corrected on a corrections sheet). Discussions on problem areas such as short routines and vaulting are well done and instructive. A table of ratings for FIG vaults is included along with recommendations for lower value vaults often seen in age group meets. Thb FIG ban against men in the competition area is not mentioned, probably because the course is aimed at local area competitions where men still predominate in coaching women ' s gymnastics. There are a few rough spots as the book is mimeographed, and not all of the typist's errors were caught. It is this reviewer's opinion that this course can be useful in both the case of the "isolated gymnastics community" and in a clinic situation where experienced judges can use it as an outline and "student" judges can follow along. It would have been helpful to leave a little more white space for personal notes and additions. The overall format is good ; an alternative might have been to use the " programmed learning" approach with mini-tests at the end of each section. If the book were to be used as part of a course, an additional test might be helpful but not necessary if experienced judges can set up their own and run some practicals with live performers. There are more than enough questions given to prepare two or three tests for a class situation.

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Official Gymnastics Modern Hand Apparatus Now Available Through Gymnastic Supply Company -

E-70 OFFICIAL WOODEN GYMNASTIC HOOPS. I mported from Germany. Constructed from :Ya" laminated Beech wood, 31 W' diameter with flat surface for "sure" grip. Delivered price per dozen: $59.40.

E-034 OFFICIAL GYMNASTIC CLUB. Manufactured by Gymnastic Supply Company to conform to the European style. 1 4" long with %" weight properly distributed to insure correct and graceful movements. Delivered price each: $4.75.



PRACTICE HOOPS. light weight plastic in two (2) sizes, 30" and 36". Round grip surface. Delivered price per dozen: $24.50. E-2 OFFICIAL GYMNASTIC BALl. Original Medau, imported from Germany. 7%" diameter and weight 1-lb., 2-oz. The size and weight force correct use of the ball, thus giving a perfect performance. Delivered price each: $7.20.

handles as required. Available in 8 ft. and 9 ft. lengths, with 10" long center section of rope enlarged to give proper distribution of weight. Delivered price each: $4.25.

E-80 PRACTICE ROPE. Made from braided dacron without the enlarged center section. Delivered price each: $1 .50.

E-S54 100% DOUBLE KNIT STRETCH NYlON HALF SOLE GYMDAL, with elastic heel strap. (Worn by models) Soft leather sole protects the foot pivot area, yet does not lose the "feel of the floor" . This slipper was first introduced in European Gymnastics Modern and is now EXCLUSIVELY manufactured by Gymnastic Supply Company. Sizes: Small (1 -4) Medium (5-8), large (9-1 2). White only. Delivered price per pair: $2 .00.



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Mademoiselle Gymnast - November/December 1970  

Mademoiselle Gymnast - November/December 1970