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WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES REPORT

- - - by Abie Grossfe ld, Coach - - - A U nit ed Stat es co nti ngent o f 199 ath letes repr ese ntin g approx im ately 20 sport s left fo r Israe l o n Ju ly 5. In Israe l we wo rked out at Barb o u r Cent e·r, th e si te of t he co mp etiti o n, fo r th e fi ve d ays p rio r to th e co m pe tit io n w hi ch bega n o n Jul y 12. (Onl y opt iona l exercises we re required .) Th e stag in g of t h e co m pe titi o n was we ll b elow th e standa rd of o th er intern ati o nal champi o nsh ip s eve n th o u·gh it was far superior to m y prev io us Macca bi ah ex p eri en ces . Th e main pro bl ems we re th at th e hall was too sm al l to adequat ely set up six eve nts at o nce and, t herefo re, ample wa rm up tim e o n so m e events was in sufficient (fo rtun ately it was ve ry hot). A lso, th e sca ti ng capac it y of 500 perso ns was far to small t o acco mm oda te th e ove rfl ow crowd th at was o n hand fo r eac h sess ion . A s for th e equipm en t, th e po m me l ho rse, parall el bars, horizo ntal bar and rin gs we re hand made in Israel w hil e th e flo o r exe rcisE area was an o ld , un even Reuth er area . Th e Reuth er boa rd was unpadde d w itho ut an abras ive to p ; however, th e So uth Af ri ca ns had th eir n ew styled pad d ed boa rd (f irst u se d i n M u n ich) shi pped to Israel w h ich arr ived in tim e for th e finals. (Thi s b oa rd is m ore cu rve d h igher and co nsid erabl y sp rin gier th an th ~ form er boa rd .) Mr. Iva ncev ic, Tec hni ca l Pr es ident o f th e FIG, was o n hand to co nduct a judg in g co ur se prio r to th e co mpe tit io n. A l l jud ges we re fro m Israe l since no o th er nati o n had any to offe r. Mr . Iva ncev ic acted as the meet referee and se rve d as the superi o r ju dge fo r all eve nt s in th e fin als. Ass ured ly, M r. Iva ncev ic's inf luence had mu ch to d o w ith th e ge n erall y h igh stan d ard of judgin g, and, I mi ght add t hat it was mu ch bett er th an I h ad ant ici pa ted. Ei ght ee n male gy mn asts re presen tin g six co u ntri es co mp eted, th e U nited St ates, Israel, So uth A fri ca, W es t Germany, Italy and France . Th e U n ited St ates was repr esented b y Ken Factor of Phil ad elphi a and M ich iga n State U ni ve rsity; Bru ce Kees hin o f Skoki e, Il lino is and th e U ni ve rsity o f Michi ga n ; Lenn y Kra vit z of Albu q uerqu e and th e U n ive rsit y o f New M ex ico; Steve Pos ner of Ma n hasset, N .Y. and th e U ni ve rsity of Califo rni a; Bru ce W aldman o f Sk o kie and th e U ni ve rsity o f Iowa; and Mark Watm an o f O ak Park, Illin o is and Ea stern Il li nois Un ive rsity. Prior to th e co mp etiti o n it was obvio us th at it was go in g to b e a cl ose cont es t b etwee n th e U n ited Stat es and a mu ch improve d Israel i team w hich has b ee n furth er enh anced b y Immi grati ng USSR gy mn as ts and coac hes. As it w as, th e USA em erge d victor by 2. 1 point s. Th e all -aro un d proved to b e a close co nt es t betwe en the top thr ee co mpet itors --Pos n er, Da nl Led er and Wald erman-- w ith o n ly .1 points seperating th em. In add itio n to w innin g th e all-around and ty ing for first in f loo r exercise, Pos n er to o k seco nd on h or izo ntal bar and th ird in va u ltin g. Dan l Leder, a ve teran o f t hree M acca bi ah s w ho fi rst comp eted in 1961 and wo n th e p arall el b ars in 1965, wo n three gold med als, on e sli ve r and o ne bro n ze m ed al. Leder, w ho repr esent ed W est Germ any and no w li ves and coac hes i n Co log ne, is actu all y an Israeli and fo rm erl y represented th em . Led er ti ed w ith

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Pos ner for fi rst in floo r exe rcise. Bot h rece ived ide nt ica l scores in p reli min aries and fi nals. Gary Klass of Sou th A fri ca pe rfo nn eu a ro undoff flip flo p do ubl e back su ccessf u ll y in both th e p r elim s and fin als. H e also perf o rm ed a full tw istin g Ya mas h ita in va·ultin g and a d o u b le p i ked flyaway off ho ri zo nt al ba r. Gary is o n ly 17 yea rs o ld. Leder p laced fir st o n parallel bars but was p ressed by Kravitz to an o utstand in g pe rfo rmance. Lede r start ed w ith an exce l lent baske t to hand stand fo llowe d by an unu su all y lo ng, we ll executed ro uti ne. Krav it z p erf o rm ed af ter Led er and we nt o ut to w in . As it was, he h it hi s b est eve r- -an exce pt io nal perfo rm ance - w hich ea rn ed him th e sil ver med al. Th e o ld er of two bro th ers, Mi chae l Moya l o f Israe l, tied fo r fir st w ith Le der o n po mm el ho rse w ith a co nsistent p erfo rm an ce. Th e yo unge r br o th er, Y. Moya l, I th ink he is on ly fifteen, wo n va u ltin g w ith two so li d, flight y va ult s. Bruce Wa ld man d isp layed excep tio nal po l ish and co ntro l o n both t h e rings and ho ri zo ntal ba r to leave no d o ubt w ho was th e champi o n o n th ese event s. Th e 9.6 give n fo r h is preli min ary ho ri zo nt al b ar p erfo rm ance was th e to p score o f th e entire co mp etiti o n. On rings Fact o r and Lampro nt y of Italy fini shed in a ti e fo r seco nd. In all, th e U n ited St ates ga rn ere d five o ut o f eight go ld, thr ee silve r and two bron ze med als. A ft er co mpetit io n, o ur tea m was in vited to ex hibit at a ki bb ut z, Kfa r Gi lad i, n ear th e no rth ern bo rd er o f Israe l. Wh ile at th e kibbut z, we we re taken o n a to ur o f th e Gali lee and th e Go lan Height s w here we saw fo rm er Syri an installati o ns and remn ants o f th e six day war. A special d ay was se t as id e fo r th e ath le tes of all 27 parti cipati ng co untri es to visit th e ancient city o f Jeru sa lem . Th ere we visited num ero u s bib li ca l sit es includin g th e Wa il ing Wa l l and th e Do me o f th e Rock an d gaze d upo n t he spo t w here A braham was go ing to sac rifi ce hi s so n Isaac and w here Mo hamm ed ascen ded to heave n. Sp ea kin g fo r th e mem bers o f o u r tea m, thi s was a tru ly thr ill in g expe rience fo r all o f us. In clo sin g, I wo u ld like to th ank Issie W asse rm an, o u r manager, w ho se rved us we l l and helpe d m e on co unt less occas io ns, and a special th ank yo u to Co urtn ey Sh anken w ho grea t effo rt s mad e thi s ex p er ience a rea lit y. lH E 9th MACCA BI A GAM ES M EN'S RES ULTS ALL-AROUND 1. Posne r, USA 2. Led e r, Ge rma ny 3. Wa ldman , USA 4. La mp ro nt y, Ita ly 5. Moya l M ., Israe l Prelim Finals Floo r Exe rcise 1. Posne r, S., USA 1. Lede r D., Ge rm any 3. Klass G., S. Af ri ca 4. Nimrod B., Israel 5. Wa ld ma n B., USA 6. Levi n M. , S. Afri ca Sid e Horse 1. Moya l M ., Israel 1. Led e r D., Ge rma ny 3. Kravit z L., USA 4. Lam pro nt y A. , Ita ly 5. Wa ldm an B. , USA 6. Posne r S., USA Rings 1. Wa ld man B. , USA 2. Facto rk ., USA 2. La mp ro nt y A. , Ita ly 4. Pos ne r S. , USA

54.15 54.10 54.05 53 .45 53.20 l ota l Avg

9.55 9.55 9.20 9.10 9.25 8.90

9.45 9.45 9. 05 9. 10 8.90 9. 05

19.00 19.00 18.25 18.20 18. 15 17. 95

9.50 9.50 9.125 9.100 9.075 8.975

9.05 8.75 8.95 8.95 8.75 8.45

8.70 9.00 8.35 8.30 8. 00 8. 05

17.75 17.75 17.30 17.25 16.75 16.50

8.875 8.875 8.650 8.625 8.375 8.250

9.45 9.25 9.25 9.10

9.40 9.40 9. 40 8.95

18.85 18.65 18.65 18.05

9.4 25 9.325 9.325 9. 025

Ri ngs can' t.

Pre lim. Fina ls 8.80 8.60 8.90 8.30

5. Wisch ni a J., Israel 6. Wot man M. , USA Vaulting 1. Moyal Y., Israe l 2. Bar Lov, Israe l 3. Posne r S., USA 4. Lede r D. , German y 5. Lampro nt y, Ital y 6. Moya l M. , Israe l Pa ra lle l Ba rs 1. Lede r D. , Ge rman y 2. Krav itz L. , USA 3. Lampronty, It aly 4. Wa ld ma n B., USA 5. Wi schni a, Israel 6. Keesh in, USA Horizo ntal Bar 1. Wa ld man, USA 2. Posne r, USA 3. Moya l M ., Israe l 4. Kravitz, USA 5. Wa t ma n, USA 6. Moya l Y., Israel

l o tal 17.40 17.20

Avg. 8.700 8.600

9.20 9.30 9. 05 9. 10 9.10 8.85

9.15 8.975 9.15 8.625 8.40 8.35

18.35 18.275 18.20 17.725 17.50 17.20

9. 175 9.1375 9. 10 8.862 8.750 8.600

9.30 9.05 9.05 8.80 8.75 8.80

9.55 9.30 9.05 8.65 8.00 5.75

18.85 18.35 18.10 17.45 16.75 14.55

9.425 9. 175 9.05 8.725 8.375 7.275

9.60 9.45 9.20 9.25 9.35 9.00

9.50 9.30 9.25 9. 00 7.75 7.60

19.10 18.75 18.45 18.25 17.10 16.60

9.55 9.375 9.225 9. 125 8.55 8.30

••• FRENC H TEAM

VS YANK EE CO NFERENCE Re po rt -

o n Wo me n' s co mpetitio n at the Uni ve rsity of New Hampshire by Kitty Kj eldse n, Superio r Judge -

O n A pr il 25, 1973, th e French Na tio nal t ea ms arr ive d to th e " green lu sh hi ll co un try" o f New Hampshire fo r th e las t co mpet iti o n b efore ret urnin g to t heir ho m eland . Bo th team s see med ti red fro m th e hectic sch ed u le and d id not loo k fo rward t o ano th er gymn asti cs m eet. Bu t as soo n as t hey ent ered t he spacio us and bea ut ifull y deco rated gy mn asium at th e U n ive rsity o f New Hampshire, th e mo od start ed to change. Mee t director Lo u Datil io had go ne all o ut to mak e thi s a memo rab le occas io n. It seem ed th at th e w ho le sch oo l sto o d b ehind th e und ertaking and work ed hard in o rd er to make th e region s fir st Int ern ati o nal gy mn ast ic mee t a hu ge su ccess. Th e gymn as ium was decorated w ith flags and flowe rs, p rov id ed by th e Scho o l o f A ppli ed SCience . Th e French D epartm ent prov ided IIlt erpret ers, Ph ys ica l Edu ca tio n m aj o rs se rved as runn ers, flas hers and sco rers; loca l craftsmen provid ed silk screen in g and hand mad e pottery fo r gifts and awa rds, and th e Un ive rsity conce rt band was at hand durin g both ni ghts for p leasa nt mu sica l int erlud es as we ll as mu sic for marching and Na t io nal Anth ems of bot h co u ntr ies. Sin ce th e co mp eti t io n was a part of t h e Uni ve rsity's Go ld en Jub ilee ce lebrat ion , m an y o ff iCI als and stud ent s we re fo und in th e audi ence, as we l l as p eo p le fro m all ove r New England . Th e French co u ld not h elp but beco me in vo lve d in th e swin g of th ings, and, acco rd i ng to o b se rve rs w ho h ad see n th em in o th er m ee ts, put o n th e bes t perform ances of th eir to ur. Th e U n iteu States was represented b y Ya nkee Co nference gy mn asts (Yankee Conference incluu es all New En gland Stat e U ni ve rsiti es), w hi ch in th e case o f wo men mea nt th e girl s tea m from th e U ni ve rsity of Massachu sett s, rece nt w inners o f AI A W Na tiona l Champi o nship Hon o rs. Si nce th e French do not have co lleg iate co mp etition for wo men, th eir team was co mp ose d of you n g (14-18) girl s fro m differe nt p ri vat e clubs . On th e first eve n ing, th e girl s comp eted in vau ltin g and u neve n p aral lel bars. Sm al ler and

Profile for USA Gymnastics

Gymnast Magazine - August/September 1973  

Gymnast Magazine - August/September 1973