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Comments: Since the new rules were introduced at Tokyo the routines are longer than previously. Without except ion, a ll performers worked once on the body of the horse, (some twice), all started on the end, avoiding the more traditional mounts. That mount is probabl Y used b ecause it takes a little more energy to loop the end and do a tough sequence halfway through the routine and aga in at the dismount. Scissors work was exce ll ent, with the performers really moving their hips out and getting their legs up. RINGS Each p e rformer on the rings did a fine job and used a routine which met the F.I.G . requirements; they all used three handstands and forward or back g iant swings. I thought Cerar's mount was 'the most ' impressive strength move and mount.. . pull to cross (ho ld), then press up to " L" support. Other mounts incJuded.,', _ !J:t.Y..,e rted_ pull to. _hands!and b~ YamaSllTia , ... cross ri se by Enao, L pull to front lever (hold), inlocate, kip and swing to handstand by Schak lin, and ... dis locate, shoot to handstand by Titov. I believe all the 路 dismol!nts werefull twlstingJayouts except for Schaklin 's which was a hip circle straddle with half twist. Comments: There were no exceptional strength moves such as ba c k lever pull to cross, but each man met the requirements of the rules adequate lY. Their shoots and giants to handstand demonstrated c omplete mastery of the swing technique. GYMNAST Apr. '75

PARAllEL BARS Titov started first on parallel bars - peach to handstand , stue li , back somi, stutz, drop peach basket with straddle cut, then developed alittle trouble and finally ended with a frontal turn off (Wende). Yamashita was next. He just could not seem to hit his moves in his norma l manner. His stutz was not to handstand alld his back somersault which ,fol lowed was very low because of it. However, he redeemed himself by performing a more than adequate back somersault with a full twist for the dismount. Schaklin performed next with approximately the sam'e routine he has used for the last several Years. His routine performed quite wel l as ususal, but his stutz coming out of his back somi was only horizontal and his back somi dismount, although high enough, lacked the twist or genera ll y the difficulty common with. the parallel bar champs of today. "Comm'i!n't5:Ce'rar-and Endo performed their same routines as in, Tokyo, (note Endo's routine in the March issue of the M.G.), h oweve r, Cerar had a slight form break, barely missing his back somersau lt'to handstand position . Cerar, of course, with his unique routine and Endo with his fault less execution must both be ranked as two of the greatest ever on the parallel bars.


Both these men will be put to a real test when they come up against a young Russian gymnast new to the internationa l scene, who we had the pleasure of watching perform at the Russian exhibition. This fe ll ow's routine was - peach, front rise , swinging pirouette, fu ll spin on one arm to handstand , (we call this stunt a Diamidov), back som i, st utz to handstand ... double back som i dismount.

HORIZONTAL BAR The last event was the horizontal bar and it was most disappointing. Everyone except the OlYmpic Champ missed o r fell off. Schaklin did a very find e job on what was apparent ly a very poor high bar. His routine - double rear, German giant, disengage legs, kip, hip circle forwards, .f()i.lYa~d giant, half turn, str<l,..ddl~leg sole c ircle, shoot to back g iant, cross change to forward giant with left hand in dislocate grip, (cubiotal), full spin aro un d left arm to rear vault, kip to handstand, change right hand to reversed grip (pa lmary), J/4 giant forward to straddled single leg rear, disengage legs, turn, and with reversed grip (pa l mary), kip, two giants forward to high straddle dismount.

Profile for USA Gymnastics

Gymnast Magazine - April 1975  

Gymnast Magazine - April 1975