TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume XVII / Number 4 / April 1975 FROM THE PUBLISHER, Glenn Sundby RUBY GYMNAST MEMORABILIA, Tom Wakeling 10. WHAT'S HAPPENING 11. NEW FACES, Tom Wakeling 12. NCAA HOST, INDIANA STATE, Ed McKee 13. PHILADELPHIA '75, Frit z Reiter 14. MARDI GRAS, Arm a ndo Vega 16. WORLD'S BEST WOMEN. Dr. Joseph Gohler 18. WORLD'S BEST MEN, Dr. Joseph Gohl e r 20. 1965 GYMNAESTRADA, REVISITED, Jac k Bec kner 24. CENTERFOLD, Milan Med 29. DANCE, Noree n Conne ll 30. ClUB CORNER 31. CATHY IN SEQUENCE 32. INSTRUCTION: How To Turn Around Without Falling Down, Jon Aitk e n 35. HOW TO LEARN A TSUKAHARA IN 30 MINUTES, David M a rtin 36. RESEARCH: A Cinematographic Analysis of a Back Uprise to a Handstand on The Parallel Bars, Lar ry Sv ihlik 37. RESEARCH: A Comparative Analysis of a Back Overbar Somersault, Daniel E. Connelly Jr. 38. NEWS 'N NOTES, Re nee Hendershott 39. HELEN'S CORNER, Helen Sj ursen 40. LETTERS 43. SUMMER CAMP DII<KTORY 44. CALENDAR 5. 9. 9.
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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR/PUBLISHER WHAT'S A GYMNAESTRADA? We have mentioned in our ca lendar and elsewhere in GYMNAST the Gymnaestrada to be held in Berlin , Germany the first week of July '75. Man y of our read ers have written to ask " What is a Gymnaestrada? " A Gymnaestrada is a gathering of thousands of gymnasts, coac hes and physical educators from allover th e world to share id eas in group gymnastics, modern rhythmic gymnastics and to witness an ex hibition by the world ' s top artistic (Olympic) gy mnasts. The Gymnaestradas are intended to be held eve ry four yea rs but they got off sc hedule when the 1973 host co untry backe d down. If this yea rs event is anything like the past gatherings it will be an exciting " smorgasbord or Disneyland " of gymnastics ... something for everyone . We attended and reported the 1961 Gymnaestrada in Germany and the 1965 event in Vienna. (In order to give our new read ers a look at a Gymnaestrada we have reprinted a condensed report from our September/ October 1965 Modern Gymnast magazine) . Although we were unable to att end th e 1969 Gymnaestrada held in Switzerland we did have our ed ucation al ed itor A . Bruce Frederick give us a fine report for our late Mademoiselle Gymnast maga zin e. . " ... The 1969 Gymnaestrada pointed out one important fact to USA Gymnastics as the SCATS of Long Beac h, California (coached by Bud M arq uette and featuring Cathy Rigby as "just one of the girls" ) sent their WHOLE team to tak e part in this event. The . friendly no co mpetition atmosphere developed many lasti ng world pen pals for the SCAT team members . Although all gymnastic groups must be approved by their own Gymnastic Federation to be able to ex hibit at th e Gymnaestrada, each co untry ca n send several different groups. But the beauty of the even t is that your whole team ca n participate in an I nternational Gymnastic event. For example, the SCATS spent two years raising the necessary funds and developing routines for their exhibition part in the 1969 Swiss Gymnaestrada as a team. Here is a big difference between a club and coach working years hopefully to get ONE girl on an Olympi c or World Games team ... a thought to ponder. .. "
USA GYMNAESTRADA: We at GYMNAST magaz ine feel the USA should hold a National Gymnaestrada with teams from schools and clubs all over America (including Canada and Mexico) taking part, maybe inviting a co uple of guest groups from Europe. We would like to hear from all you coaches, teachers and club directors who like the idea and would like to take part or consider hosting such an event with the full promotional and publicity support of GYMNAST magazine. If the Boy Scouts can hold National Jamborees every year ... just think how much more exciting a USA GYMNAESTRADA could be with thousands of gymnastic clubs, schools, academies, and gymnasts sharing their talents at one big friendly gatheri ng. I LIKE IT! I LIKE IT! (I hope you like it!) . GYMNAST CENTER POSTER: In keeping with the Gymnaestrada nostalgia of '65 we have included as a ce nter poster in this edition a reproduction of a painting by our friend the' famous Czechoslovakian Artist, Milan Med, depicting a vault by Czech Olympian and multi Interna tional Gold Medal winner Vera Caslavska . Speaking of Czec hoslvia , on Jun e 28129 (the week prior to the Gymnaestrada in Berlin , Germany) the y will be holding their SPARTAKIADE, a mass display of gymnastics, plus many Czechoslovakian cultural events and activities . Since this event only happens every five years anyone planning to attend the Gymnaestrada co uld well co nsider adding this event to their tr ave l plans . STATE REPRESENTATIVES FOR GYMNAST: Although it is our intent to report gymnastics from all over the USA and the WORLD we come up lacking in many areas. We just do not have a large enough staff to do the job. Therefore, we have come up with a plan that could help us more efficiently report local, state and regional happenings by having GYMNAST State representatives with a local assistant. if you would lik e to know how you could qualify to become a GYMNAST State representative or a local assistant to help publicize gymnastics in your area, and augment your income a bit in the process, drop a line to our business manager Dr. Raymond S. Bach and he will send you the details and an application. HAVE A HAPPY HANDSTAND, and ATTEND THE GYMNASTIC CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE THIS SUMMER .