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"The Official Publication of the United States Gymnastics Federation"

VOL. 10 NO.3

USA Gymnastics - A Time of Change


(Editorial by Roger Counsil)

USA Sweeps American Cup McNamara and Conner '81 ChaDlpions ....................... 6 (Competition Story by Ward Black)

Chinese Pair Win '81 International Mixed Pairs .............. 12 (by Ward Black)

USGF International Competitions: Grand Prix De Paris ................. 16 (By Jim Turpin)

5th International Cottbus Championships ......................... 18 (Reports by Grete Treiber, Ken Allen - Men's, Fritz ReiterWomen's, Jerry Wright)

'81 Champions All ...................... 22 (Reports by Bunny Cook - Women's, Makoto Sakamoto - Men's)

TBS Cup - Japan ..................... 23 (Reports by Tom McCarthy - Women's, Makoto Sakamoto - Men's)

Guest Opinion .......... ............... .. 24 (by Fritz Reiter)

Nadia '81 '81 Romanian Team Tour ............. 30 (by Ward Black)

Classifieds . ~ ............................ 34 USGF Calendar & Notes ............... 34 COVER PHOTO: The Dynamic Power Of Julianne McNamara Captured In This Cover Photo Taken By Rich Kenney At The American Cup Held For The First Time In The USGF's New Home Town Of Fort Worth, Texas.

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An Editorial by Roger Counsil

USA GYMNASTICS - A TIME OF CHANGE During the past five years or so, the sport of gymnastics has undergone a challenge in the American public school system. Not only at the elementary and secondary level but also at the university level. The sport of gymnastics has had a tendency to decline. This decline is apparently an outgrowth of financial exogencies which have been forced by economic times. One saving grace is that Title IX legisla tion has mandated that 'women's athletic programs be brought into alignment with those of their male counterparts. This has motivated an increase in women's programs in the school system. Not withstanding that fact, I feel that the larger trend is towards a decline of sports that are not revenue producing in the school systems . Chief administrators in schools are looking more and more to the potential of a sport for producing revenue to pay for itself and to support other school non-acaademic programs. The current school situation is not one that is irrevocable. It is however , in my estimation , a mirror of hard times. Not only economically, but also hard times in the form oflow public esteem for the American educational process at the present time. As we all know times change and in all likelihood the school situation will go full circle, perhaps manifesting itself in better times for the sport of gymnastics in the schools. As an outgrowth of the current school situation there are more of other kinds of organizations that appeal' to be taking up the slack for gymnastics programs that are waning in the educational system. Organizations such as YMCA's , Turners, Sokols and private enterprise endeavors in the form of private clubs are all thriving and appear to be taking up much of the slack caused by the plights of the education system. I feel it is a philosophical mute point as to who should conduct gymnastics in the U.S.A. The very nature of the American free enterprise system shows us that all organizations who desire to develop a gymnastics program have a right to and in most cases it serves a very real need to the youth of America.

ffGymnastics, as a sport, is growing, It is flourishing and it is becoming much more popular and recognizable with the American populace in general . .. "


The functions of the USGF is to be the glue that holds organizations together and provide them with a variety of services that can help them to serve each of their individual aims and objectives more effectively. We want to be available as a lobby for instituting renewed growth in the school system for the sport of gymnastics. We need to revive the means by which athletes can filter up onto national teams from programs within each of the member organizations that belong to the USGF and we need to provide advisory services regarding skills, programs and safety facility design and any other gymnastics - related service that is needed. As the times change and the programs change regarding where they are concentrated geographically and within which organizations they are flourishing, the USGF needs to reflect that change and adjust accordingly. We need also to help those organizations that have been befallen with hard times and try to help them weather those hard times in whatever way we can. The changing emphasis in gymnastics does not necessarily mean hard times for the sport of gymnastics in general, but only a periodic evolutionary change as to where the programs are occurring. Gymnastics, as a sport, is growing. It is flourishing and it is becoming much more popular and recognizable with the American populace in general. We hope that we can continue through an expanding magazine and expanding our visibility as an organization to aid that increased growth to the point where each of our organizations is benefited and enjoys the fruits of our growth.






any of the world's top gymnasts returned to Fort Worth,fast March for the 6th Annual American Cup. The last time many 'of them had traveled here was -in December '79 for the 20th World Championships, while for others it marked their first time to America and to Texas. 45 men and women from 17 countries participated, making this American Cup the largest in its numbers of gymnasts and countries in the six year history of the event. Delegations from Romania, Japan, Hungary, German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, China and eight other countries came to train, to share and exchange ideas, to enjoy . . . and to compete . The meet format was unique. The .schedule included three days of competition; Friday night - men's qualifying round: Saturday night - women's qualifying round; and Sunday afternoon - men's and women's AA finals. On Friday and Saturday the winner of each event was honored as the individual event champion , and on Sunday the top eight AA gymnasts, male and female from the previous two nights, qualified to compete for the American Cup. On those first two nights the Americans and the Chinese captured all ten gold medals; the USA winning six, and the PRC four. These event champions were: Kathy Johnson (USA) V, Julianne McNamara (USA) and Tracee Talavera (USA) tied UB and FX, Jiang Wei (PRC) BB , Bart Conner (USA) PB , Jim Hartung (USA) R, Hartung and Conner tied PH and Mr. Li (PRC) FX, V and HB.

Eugene, Oregon's Julianne McNamara and University of Oklahoma's Bart Conner won the 6th AnnualAmerican Cup-Held at Ft. Worth's Tarrant County Convention Center, site of the '79 World Championships.


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Men's Competition On Friday the stage belonged to Chinas Yuejie Li . Sometimes inconsistent on PH and R, his six performances that night were flawless in difficulty requirements, technique, consistency, showmanship and form. His FX , V, HB with triple-back dismount and PB final sequence of back-hand, stutz-hand, pike double-back were tremendous. Li sets the world's standard in FX; his routine unquestionably the most difficult in international competition, and his V (open-pike handspring-front with one-half twist) was executed with height, distance, form and a perfect landing. Besides Conner, Hartung and Li qualifying for AA finals were: Japan's Noritoshi Hirata (5th All-Japan) and Kyoji Yamawaki ('80 Olympic Trials Champion), Ulf Hoffmann (DDR), Yaping Peng (PRC) and Jurgen Geiger (FRG). Friday as well as Sunday the Japanese men had major breaks on PH and minor breaks throughout both competitions. Japanese m en's coach , Masao Yamada offered these comments to John Sturbin - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "In the All-Japa n competition these two gentlemen (Hirata/ Yamawaki) finished in the upper level ... our concentration is on our young people for the future. " This American Cup had perhaps the greatest depth and quality to date. The competition to ma ke the final s was superior. Coming out of the qualifying round Li appeared to have the momentum to win, yet Conner and Hartung were consistent throughout to ensure their 1-2 finish. In final s Conner and Hartung wo n PH , while Conner had four seconds in FX, R, V and HB . Breaks on PH left Li at 9.10 and fini shing 3rd AA. Hartung continued to impress the foreign delegations despite his recovering from an ankle injury which limited his work on FX, V and landings. Insured consistency with today's difficulty and technical requirements is increasingly becoming the trait of the Americans, and this lack of consistency was the downfall of Li, Peng, Hirata, Yamawaki and Hoffman . In an AP release by Sharon Herbaugh, American Cup Champion Bart Conner talked about his victory (his 2nd American Cup Championship, having won the Cup in 1976). "It was a good t est for me. This was my first competition at this (international) level since my bicep surgery in May (1980)." Also, following the meet, Roger Counsil (USGF and former Men's National Coach) enthusiastically remarked, "The American men continue to be strongly competitive at the international level and continue to prove a solidarity of the USA program. This was an excellent competition."

ffAs the Olympic age requirement increases, the future of the senior women gymnasts will be interesting to watch."

Mr. L i and Bart Conner Toast to a Great American Cup Competition .


It's hard to believe this is "Mr. Li's" weak event. USGF GYMNASTICS



Women's Competition The size and age of the women competitors should be noted . Wei and Huang Qun (PRC) are age 13, a little over 4 ' tall and under 60 pounds each. Their difficulty included full-ins and pike double-backs on FX and BB. Katka Sarisska (CSSR) is 19, 5'8" and did perhaps the finest vault Saturday night, a 9.55 tucked tsk-full. All sizes, all heights, all weights, all ages ... with difficulty and international quality across-the-board. As the Olympic age requirement increases, the future of the senior women gymnasts will be interesting to watch. Here, at the American Cup, Kathy Johnson at age 20 had the difficulty, technique, style and grace to enable her gymnastics to exemplify this trend and question. In an interview prior to competition Kathy Johnson told John Sturbin, "I haven't competed internationally since the ('79) World Championships. So I have many new things to show and I hope to compete them well ." After three events Saturday night Johnson was leading the American Cup when she over-rotated her pike double-back in the second tumbling pass, which dropped her to 5th and kept her from AA finals. (Competition guidelines allowed on~y two gymnasts per country into finals. ) In winning the American Cup in Sundays AA finals , Julianne McNamara showed consistency, difficulty, form , style and a competitive attitude which enabled her to win all four events and outdistance all three second place finishers-Talavera, Qun and Lavinia Agache (ROM). Mike Rabun , UPI, termed McNamara's victory , " ... the most important in·her career." McNamara (15 ) was the '80 Champion of the USA, USA Olympian, and only days before the American Cup, saw her chances to repeat as the USA Champion diminish on one event as she scored a 8.05 compulsory BB in Allentown, P A. American Cup marked one of McNamara's first top international meets, which she won 38.725 to 38.000. She had two consistent competitions while her USA teammate, Talavera, had breaks on BB and UB. McNamara's bars unquestionably rank among the world's finest and appear to put her into the same league with World Champion Maxi Gnauck (DDR). Women's Highlights: Mihael Stanulet (ROM) 2 gainer flip-flops in a row on BB, each off a different foot, Lavinia Agache (ROM) in FX warm-ups did a 2'/~ twisting-back to punch front; Talavera and Franka Voigt (DDR) triple-fulls on FX; again the Chinese dance and choreography on FX and BB is masterful; and Birgit Senff (DDR) handspring V2-back in a V with good technique, height, form and under-scored.

AMERICAN CUP PAST CHAMPIONS 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981

Comaneci (ROM) Johnson (USA) Tereschenko (USSR) Zakarokov (USSR) Talavera (USA) McNamara (USA)

Conner (USA) Tsukahara (JPN) Thomas (USA) Thomas (USA) Thomas (USA) Conner (USA)

UMike Rabun, UPI, termed McNamara's victory, r•• the most important ·in her career'."



A show of power and flexability by Julianne McNamara . USGF GYMNASTICS

International co -operation prevailed at the American Cup. PAGE 9


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((Maybe I can set an example. Maybe if I keep competing, other girls won't quit at such an early age. I hope I can change the trend. I feel stronger than ever right now. I feel I'm a better gymnast than I've ever been. That's why I'm still competing. I feel like my best meets may be ahead of me. It boggles my mind to think about how good gymnasts could be if they kept with it and let their bodies mature." Florida Times-Union - March 22, 1981 - Pat Dooley

University of Nebraska's All-American Ji m Hartung dismounting rings with double-twisting double-back.

Romania's Mihaela Stanulet scoreda9.70 V , 9.60BB and9.50FX in Jacksonville,FL at the3rdlnternational Mixed-Pairs.

In Fort Worth at the American Cup , t he weekend prior to t he Mi xe d-Pa irs competition , the Ch in ese a nd America ns took top honors. In J ack sonville, Florida th e Chi nese and Americans once again dominated the competit ion . The winners of the 3rd Annua l International Mixed-Pa irs were Huang Qun and Yuejie Li from the Peoples Rep ubli c of China . Second went to American s K athy Johnson and Jim Hart ung, followed in th ird by Marcia Frederick and Phil Cahoy . Following American Cup over 100 athletes, coaches, j udges and meet personnel boarded an Air F lorida jetliner a nd h eaded for J acksonville and the "Sunshine State." The International MixedPairs was co-hosted by the Ch arter Co mpany and t h e C ity of J acksonville . The event was cover ed by CBS-TV, w it h Muriel Grossfeld a nd Dick Stockton . Mixed-Pairs is unique. In a T imes-Union interview with Pat Dooley prior to the competition K athy J ohnson viewed t he meet as , "A fun event, but llhat doesn 't mea n we won't be trying. Anytime

we step on th e floor , we'r e trying to win. But this kind of even t doesn't h ave the pressure that some h ave." The atmosphere and attit udes of all the delegations was relaxed . Mixed-Pairs is intended to be a fr iendly competition , designed to promote goodwi ll thro ughout the gymnastics world. The quality of competition ha s been , and is excellent. In terna tional Mixed-Pa irs Ch ampions h ave included World Ch ampions Max i Gnauck, Marcia Frederick, Kurt Thomas . .. and now Yuejie Li. The format for Mixed-Pairs' teams together one male a nd one female gymnast in a three-tier elimination competit ion. In all , 22 teamed-pairs enter the first round of competition with each gymnast choosing one event to perform on. Each gymnast competes, is judged, and t hei r scor es are added for a composite score for each pair. The top 12 pa irs qualify for an alike second round , of which the top 6 pairs adva nce to final s. In each round t he gymnasts must choose a differen t eve nt, and the final score for eac h pa ir i s cumulative through the three rounds.



USA Junior ChampionDianneDurham (Bottom-left}, Olympian Phil Cahoy(top-left} and 13 year old Huang Qun from the Peoples Republic of China. There were 9 Americans in the field' of 44 gymnasts, representing 16 countries. Joining USA Olympians Johnson, Frederick, Hartung, Cahoy, Julianne McNamara and Tracee Talavera were USA Junior National Champion Dianne Durham (Gary, IN) and juniors Nicole Kushner (Allentown, PAl and Dee Jacques (Jacksonville, FL). In unavoidable last minute scheduling McNamara, Talavera and the junior girls were not paired with American male gymnasts, a circumstance USGF officials feel , n . . . should and will be corrected in future Mixed-Pairs' events."


Mixed Pairs Champions have included World Champions Maxi Gnauck, Marcia Frederick,Kurt Thomas . .. and now Yuejie Li." In this pairs competition, advancing to the next round depends not only on how gymnast performs but on both partners. In Round 1, fine routines as Talavera's 9.50 UB , Jacques' 9.40 V, Durham's 9.25 UB and Kushner's 9.25 FX unfortunately were combined with major and minor routine breaks from their respective partners; causing these 4 Americans not to qualify for Round 2. Going into the final round .60 separated the top five pairs. The six final teams included Mihael Stanlutz and Dan Odorhean (ROM), Jiang Wei (PRC ) and Michel Boutard (FRA), Marcia Frederick and Phil Cahoy, Julianne McNamara and Jurgen Geiger (FRG), Kathy Johnso n and Jim Hartung and Huang Qun and Yuejie Li. PAGE 14


Qun and Li were leading after Round 2 (Li - 9.70FX/9.90 V and Qun - 9.35 V/9.75 FX) , and entered final s with a .25 lead over J ohnson (9.70 V/9.55 UB) and Hartung (9.50 PH/9.70 R). In th ird was McNamara (9.60 V/9.75 UB) an d Germany's Geiger (9.30 FX/9.60 V). I n the last round Li , the re igning World Cup PB Champion, choose PB as his final event scoring 9.75 , and combined wit h Qun's 9.45 BB totaled 19.10 to insure their victory. Johnson (9.70 FX) and Hartung (9.50 PB) also totaled 19.10 in the fina l round. Moving into third were Frederick (9.55 BEl and Cahoy (9.60 HB) as Julianne McNamara's 9.70 FX combined with Geiger's 9.10 HB came up short of the' other competitors and dropped them to 5th overall .


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PARIS Grand Prix de Paris On Tuesday Sue Stednitz, Kris Montera , our tour leader and judge Joanne Pasquale and I, boarded our Air France 747 at 10 p.m. in LA and arrived ten hours later in Paris. With the nine hour time change it was now 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. For our first workout on Thursday, we were bussed to the site of the competition which was a very nice 4,000 seat arena. As we entered the arena we were greeted by a most friendl y site , all AMF equipment. Our workouts went well except for vaulting which had a runway that mo ved every time anyone ran on it. Prelims - Friday, March 6: upon arri val Kri s and Sue were in seventh heaven when they spotted a new Sarneige vaulting runway. That seemed to set the tone for the competition which was aired live over French television. We competed in international order thus vaulting was first. Thanks to the new runway the girls were able to di splay their superiority in vaulting. They were easily the best vaulters in the competition and proved it by fini shing prelims with Kri s in fir st with a 9.45 for a good full twisting tucked tsukahara, and Sue in second place with a 9.40 for a well-executed layout tsukahara .

ffThey were easily the best vaulters in the competition and proved it by finishing prelims with Kris in first and Sue in second place." On bars the girls met their match in Russia's Helena Gourina and Bulgaria's Sylvia Topolova. Gourina led all competitors with a beautifully executed routine which included a very late drop back stalder with a one-half pirouette to an immediate front stalder to immediate straddle front somi between the bars. Her 9.55 was closely followed by Topolova's 9.50 rou tine which was equally wellexecuted and contained perfect stalders front and back, but her giant had a slight straddle and arch. Montera was third with a very clean routine which included a single bar straddle fron t regrasp and a belly whip straddle front to the high bar. Kris' 9.35 was followed closely by Stednitz's 9.30 routine which included a belly whip to handstand on the high bar, one-half pirouette to clear hip circle. Again GOUl'ina and Topolova were outstanding on beam . Both gymnasts worked extremely steady with excellent amplitude and difficulty. Both had back walkovers to immediate layout step outs and both finished with mile high roundoff double-backs. Gourina finished with a 9.65 and Topolova a 9. 55. In third was Switzerland's number one gymnast , Romi Kessler , who di splayed a very steady routine, but did not ha ve the difficulty of Gourina or Topolova. Stednitz was fourth with 9.25 and Montera fifth at 9.15 . Both our girls hit well but had a fe w bobbles which held their scores down. On floor Sue and Kri s were the superior tumblers. Using a ne w routine Stednitz scored 9.40 which tied her for first with GOUl'ina of Russia. Both Stednit z and Gourin a moun te d w ith tuck double-backs, worked into a double-twist in the middle a nd fini shed with a nice double-twist. The Bulgarian, Topolova was a beau tiful dancer, but her tumbling difficulty was wea k. She mounted with a low tuck double-back followed by an arabian ste p through to a layout back and dismounted with a layout back with a one-h alf twist. Montera mounted with a very high piked double-back but unfortunately over turned it. She fini shed beautifull y scoring a 9.0 which would get her into final s. Most of the competitors had lo w double-backs and double-twists which lacked amplitude. All-around was won by Ru ssia's Helena Gourina with a fin e PAGE 16





37 ,65 , She was the best gymnast but needs to improve vaulting. Sue Stednitz finished second with 37.25. Her increasing consistancy was again the major factor which led to her excellent showing. Third place went to Bulgaria's Sylvia Topolova with a 37,10. Topolova, like Gourina is an outstanding .gymnast but is a weak vaulter. Kris Montera finished fourth with a 36,95. Had she not over-turned her piked double saIto on floor she could have been the winner. The Swiss National Champion Romi Kessler finished fifth with a fine 36.75 followed by Belgium's Vinciana Wertz at 36.55. Event Finals - Finals were to begin at 2.:00 p.m. on Sunday and were to be aired live on French television. Kris and Sue went into vault final s 1st and 2nd respectively . They were the only gymnasts who seemed capable of doing two C level vaults, The final standings saw Kris and Sue s witch places. Sue had a clean layout-tsk and a nice tuck-tsk with a one-half twist to narrowly edge out Kris who had a nice layout-tsk, but came in a little short on her tsk-full. The other gymnasts simply did not have the power of Kri s and Sue. GOUl'ina and Topolova had a healthy lead on bars and both looked too solid to lose their lead, but as we often see in high level bar routines in finals both girls peeled-off and each scored 9.0. Sue caught her foot on the low bar doing her free straddle mount but quickly recovered and finished with a clean routine scoring a 9.25 which tied her for the lead with GOUl'ina. Kris executed a clean routine, stuck her piked Comaneci dismount and walked away the winner. After the first two events the USA had two different winners and two runner ups. Gourina of Russia and Topolova of Bulgaria were in a class by themselves on beam. Their difficulty and execution were exceptional. Switzerland's Rami Kessler hit a very solid routine for a 9.45 but her difficulty did not match GOUl'ina or Topolova. Stednitz had her first break of the competition when she fell on her mount, but came back with a solid routine to score 9.10 and finish fourth . Montera , as steady as ever, scored 9.00 causing the European spectators to show their displeasure. The judges were aware the crowd enjoyed Kris' routine more than the score indicated. With an excellent chance for her second gold medal of the evening, disaster struck Sue Stednitz on floor. Sue mounted with a mile high tuck double-saIto. She stuck the landing but a look of agony came over her face. She saluted the judges and immediately limped off the floor. The injury, later diagnosed as a sprained big toe and foot, not only kept her from fini shing her routine but would eventually keep her out of the Championships of the USA the next week. Kris Montera stuck her pike double-saito and continued on to a near flawless routine and came away with the meets highest floor score of 9.50 which moved her to second place behind Helena GOUl'ina who again had a nice routine containing a low tuck doublesaIto and two double-twists. After the meet we returned to our hotel where we quickl y changed to get ready for a farewell banquet. This affair was a super way to conclude the meet. There was much social activity and many flags , banners, patches and pins were exchanged. The atmosphere was truely one of friend 3hip. BY J'1m T urpm . GRAND PRIX de PARIS Paris, France March 6, 1981 AA TOTAL 1 2

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COTTBUS, DDR. 5th International Masters Championships The composition of our delegation was most fortunate in many ways. The staff had a great deal of international experience; they were a most knowledgeable and professional team with confidence in relation to the work needed to be carried out in all phases of the event. The women gymnasts, Jackie Brummer and Kelly Chaplin were newcomers to the international scene, not having any previous experiences in competing outside of the country in a large international competition. The fact they did compete extremely well should be credited mainly to their coach, Mr. Fritz Reiter. He gave the girls confidence, support, good coaching and inspiration to go all out in their performances. His task of making important decisions and the right ones in the last minute was carried out with the experience of a seasoned coach; leading to success in securing 3rd place in vaulting a nd 4th place in AA competition. The men's team with Casey Edwards a nd Ron Galimore was a good combination. They were competitive, very much "UP" for the meet, supportive of each other and our girls, a nd were the favorites of the a udi ence along with their own DDR gymnasts. They performed with determination and class! Mr. Ken Allen their coach, handled his work most splendidly and professionally . There was an excellent relationship between the gymnasts and coach . Jerry Wright, men's judge, was a superb asset to our team. His experience in international meets and knowledge in the mechanics of scori ng resulted in many good suggestions and explanations during our "SHOP" talks in getting ready for the next day. I served as head judge for vaulting. Only two gymnasts performe d a 10.00 val ue vault: GNAUCK (DDR): TSUKAHARA TUCK - 306째, score: 9.6; SENFF (DDR): FRONT HANDSPRING 180째 - BACK TUCK, score: 9.65 . In the finals both girls above choose for a 2nd vault; TSUKAHARA LAYOUT. Our Kelly Chaplin in the preliminaries scored 9.30 with a FRONT HS - FRONT TUCK - 180째 Vault. In the Finals she placed 3rd with (9.225) 18.525 for total. Remarkable to observe on vaulting was the RUNNING SPEED that the gymnasts from the DDR ex hi bited, especiall y SENFF. The most common vaults were : FRONT HS-FRONT TUCK, and TSUKAHARA PIKE. By Grete Treiber, Delegation Leader and Judge


Casey Edwards did not fare so well. This was only his second competition all season, he had several new skills on his weaker events and he had definitely not recovered from the travel. He looked excellent on the leg events - flo or exercise and vaulting. He was very much underscored on floor with a 9.25 and I protested the score with no favorabl e result. He had major breaks on new skills on pommel horse and on horizontal bar and was shaky on the other events. He finished 13th out of 26 gymnasts. Michael Nickolay won the all-around with Bruckner second. Matsumoto and Taguchi were fourth and fifth. Nickolay was very impressive. He was overscored on fl oor but his 9.7 on pommel horse and 9.65 on horizontal bar were well deserved. Bruckner was overscored frequently as were several of the other DDR gymnasts. R elative to some of the scores r eceived by the DDR gymnasts Galimore was definitely underscored.


had two gymnasts who were capable of winning events and placing high in the all-around so our objective was not to simply get some international experience." The finals on Saturday afternoon (3: 00 p.m. ) were again disheartening. Ron had qualified on everything but pommel horse and Casey qualified on vaulting. Ron did not feel comfortable about competing on floor because both his leg and shoulder were hurting. We scratched him. He competed very well on rings scoring 9.45 and moving up to 5th place. Casey and Ron were up first and second respectively on vault. Casey did a tucked Barani-out and a layout Tsukahara. Both were done very well but the scores were less than generous. Ron did his full twisting Tskahara and followed it with a layout. His scores again were not reflective of his performance but they were high enough to win if the rest of the scores were give n in comparative fashion . It was a hard pill to swallow, but the gold medal was given to Bruckner. Somewhat consoling to Ron , myself and the rest of the delegation was the number of coaches, gymnasts and even DDR citizens in the stands who volun teered their astonishment at what the judges h ad done. Many of the DDR people involved in the organization of the meet were thoroughly embarrassed by the decision of the judges. Our trip was not a successful one from the point of view of the competition. We had two gymnasts who were capable of winning events and placing high in the all-around so our objective was not to simply get some international experience. Men's Report by Ken Allen - University of Wisconsin-Oskosh

The level of competition for the men was fairl y high but not the absolute best. There were athletes representing fourteen countries. The DDR had eight men compete but designated only three would count in the all-around. Japan sent two very good gymnasts in Matsumoto and Taguchi but there were no other "name" gymnasts. The USSR sent only one gymnast although all countries had been invited to bring two.


of the DDR people involved Ln the organization of the meet were thoroughly embarrassed by the decision of the judges." Ron Galimore performed extremely well hitting six for six. He not only had no major breaks but was very exciting as well. No one would have known that his achi lles, a shoulder and generally, his body was hurting. The scores he received were reasonable with the exception of vaulting. Three of the four vaulting judges were from the DDR and they should have been embarrassed at the 9.55 they came up with. Even the crowd voiced their displeasure. I protested the score but to no avail. H aving seen many of the other DDR performances and scores on the other events, we had every reason to be surprised and happy with a third place finish in the all-around for Ron. PAGE 18


"Gentlemen, Mr. Galimore is our next vaulter." Ron Galimore - one of the worlds very best vaulters. K elly Chaplin - American Style in DDR USGF GYMNASTICS

WOMANS REPORT Kelly Chaplin of Albuquerque , New Mexico and Jackie Brummer of Buffalo, New York represented the USA. Kelly fini shed 4th in the All-Around behind 3 DDR gymnasts. She also earned 3rd place in Vault and 4th on Uneven Bars and Floor. Jackie finished 13th in the AA. 16 countries were represented with 2 gymnasts each except the DDR which entered 5 with 3 counting for the All-Around. Unfortunately this was never announced. The USA contingent was quite upset as it meant that Kelly would be fourth , and our flag would not rise as we had hoped . In all fairness, however, to th e DDR athletes, all 5 of them finished ahead of us by score whether in the ranking or not. Still the game ought to be played by rules which should be made known to a ll involved prior to the beginning.


all, to follow a Maxi Gnauck takes some getting used to. Kelly and Jackie indeed were fortunate to have had this opportunity." For both of our girls it was their first international experience. One could see this quite easily by their politeness with which they let other gymnasts take their turns in warm-ups. Learning goes fast in real life situations however, so that by the time FINALS came around Kelly, who had qualified in 3 events, was much more confident. She averaged 9.225 on Vault; 3rd highest score, which is low due to the fact she does not have a 10.00 Vault. She scored 9.40 in the UB-FINALS with a very well executed set lacking O.V only , and also a 9.40 for her floor performance which followed Maxi Gnauck; who performed a FULL-IN , a TRIPPLE TWIST, fini shed with a DOUBLE BACK , and showed some good dance done to perfection for a 9.90. The most exciting floor performance, however, was shown by Birgit Senff who used a spanish theme and just electrified the house . Much could be argued on whether or not to send our top two gymnasts as they would find it difficult to win even if they were able to perform better. It is, however, a great opportunity for a new Elite gymnast to get her feet wet and gain invaluable experience in the process. After all, to follow a Maxi Gnauck takes some getting used to. Kelly and Jackie indeed were fortunate to have had this opportunity. They will be that much more ahead when it comes time to represent the USA in the next international competition; be it another invitational, a national team dual meet or the World Championship itself. By Fritz Reiter

two equal groups and had them judge every other event. This was not the case. The N. Korean judge was the head judge on the rings a nd the N. Koreans finished 1-2 in this event. The onl y event the DDR did not win . This was also one of the first international competitions with open scori ng. The in teresting part of th is was the fact that the scores were not shown to the public until after the conferences were held if any were necessary. The stars of the competition were quite clearly Ron Galimore, Maxi Gnauck, Michael Nikolay-DDR, Roland Bruckner-DDR, and Kelly Chaplin-USA. In Floor Exercise Maxi did full-in fliffis , triple twisting back somersault-layout and double back and in vau lting she did full twisting Tsukahara-tucked. N ikolay was most impressive on pommel horse where he is equal in diffi.culty and technical execution to most of the U.S. specialists. Kelly did very well in her first international competition and looked li ke she was in very good condition. Her vault was especially impressive (brani-out fliffi sl. On the other hand the USSR sent two very weak gymnasts, one male and one female and they sent no judges for either the men 's or women's competition . In closing we would like to add that the facilities and equipment were first class, the competition was extremely well organized and fully attended by a capacity crowd of 1500 at each session. We left with the warmest greetings being sent to the people of the USA gymnastics commun ity and the USGF. The entire delegation wishes to express its appreciation for the opportunity to represent the USA, the USGF, the Men's Gymnastics Judges Association and the Women's Gymnastics Judges Association in th is prestigious international event. Jerry Wright - San Francisco State University


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Michael Nikolay Roland Bruckner Ron Gallmore Shunichi Matsumoto Haruyasu Taguchi Gwan Sen Chan Edwards Casey









9.60 9.40 9.55 9.40 9.30 9.25 9.25

9.70 9.60 9.25 9.45 9.20 9.35 8.55

9.25 9.45 9.15 9.20 9.30 9.50 9.05

9.50 9.60 9.55 9.30 9.35 8.75 9.40

9.35 9.40 9.30 9.40 9.15 9.20 8.80

9.65 9.55 9.55 9.25 9.40 9.45 8.45

57.05 57.00 56.35 56.00 55.70 55.50 53.50

7 Hoffmann (DDA) 55.45; 8 Winkler (BBD) 54.55 ; 9 Chin (KDVD) 54.40; 9 Aothwell (CAN) 54.40; II Peterson (NOA) 54.15; 12 Nutzenberger (CAN) 54.00; 14 Vam os (UVA) 53. 10; 15 Morosow (USSA) 52.95 ; 15 Haschar (BAD) 52.95; 17 Mokus (UVA) 52.90; 17 Sanchez (CUB) 52.90; 19 Bloechlinger 52.50 ; 20 Netrebsky (CSSA) 52.45; 21 Grecu (ROM) 52.40; 22 Apolzan (ADM) 51.70; 23 Tschuschew (BUL) 51 .50; 24 Trivonow (BUL) 51.30; 25 Pregno (NOA) 50.65; 26 Kornus (CSSA) 50.60.


Ken Allen did an excellent job of working with Casey and Ron throughout the competition . In the first men 's competition Ken protested the first routine of the meet, Casey Edwards; very professionally and diplomatically . His protest of Casey's score was a llowed but the score was only raised .1 tenth . Ken 's argument was based upon sound objective items; the judges only gave Casey .2 for R.O.V. and he definitely had three risk factors according to the Code and easily could have been awarded .1 for originality. The men's judging was fairly good although Ron Galimore appeared to be placed instead of scored. He should have qualified first in FX and Vau lt but did not and only placed 2nd in the Vaulting finals . He was clearly the best vaulter in the competition. I was superior judge on the horizontal bar. Ron Galimore's score on high bar was successfully protested and was raised by .1 5 from 9.4 to 9.55. There were eleven countries represented with men's judges: Canada , DDR, Bulgaria, Hungary, W. Germany (first time the W. Germans have been invited to this meet), Romania, Czech ., Japan, Swiss, Cuba and N. Korea. In the preliminaries, with six events at the same time, there naturally were several DDR judges and the results reflected this. However, in the finals it would have been very easy to have taken the ten countries (excluding Cuba because for some reason they were excluded anyway) and divided them into PAGE 20


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Maxi Gnauck Birgit Senff Franka Voigt Kelly Chaplain Edit Cselenyi Smrucht Kessajan Jackie Brummer








9.60 9.75 9.15 9.30 9.25 8.95 8.90

9.90 9.65 9.20 9.25 9.05 9.10 9.05

9.25 8.45 9.40 8.60 9.10 8.65 8.70

9.60 9.50 9.15 9.15 8.85 9.50 8.40

38.35 37.35 36.90 36.30 36.25 36.20 35.05

7 Citu (AOM) 35.75; 8 Schwarm BAD) 35.55; 8 Dvari (UVA) 35.55; 10 Deserres (CAN) 35.25; 11 Lasarowa (BUL) 35.20; 12 Skalova (CSSA) 35.15; 13 Martinez (CUB) 35.05 ; 15 Aadu (AOM ) 34.95 ; 16 Dudewa (BUL) 34.90 ; 17 Agg is (CAN) 34.75; 18 Brannekamper (BAD) 34.65; 19 Bore (NOA) 34.40; 20 Li (KDVA) 34.30; 21 Nagayama (JPN) 33.95; 22 Charvakova (CSSR) 33.90; 23 Uchida (JPN) 33.50; 24 Tschoi (KDVA) 33.40; 25 Loken (NOA) 33.15; 26 Malmros (SWE) 33.10; 27 Gonzales (CUB) 33.05 ; 28 Chan (KDVA) 33.00; 29 Fritzen (SWE) 32.40; 30 Aossier (SUI) 31 .95.

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LONDON '81 Champions All WOMANS REPORT On Tuesday, April 7th, Kathy Johnson and I left the Atlanta Airport at 2:35 pm bound for JFK, and later arri ved in London at the Gatwick Airport at 8:1 5 a m London time, via Laker - "no frills" - Airlines. We did not workout at all Wednesday , however Kathy did her 25 minute ballet warm-up and stretched. Thursday - Wembly Arena is very old but nice. The equipment was supplied by Continental Sports; the floor mat was carpet glued to an inch of resilite placed on top of an inch of ethafoam, the horse looked ancient, the board was a very good wooden boa rd , the bars fortunately were out to new FIG specs and the beam leaned about ,/. inch to the right, with the middle at least a half inch lower than the ends. Training with us were the J a pa nese, the British and the . French. You could choose either the am or the pm training period so we had not seen the ru ssians , Rom a ni a ns, the East Germans, nor the Czechs. Total workout was 2'/2 hours. Kathy did her dance warm-up. Vault and bars 'went okay. Beam was a little rough as Kathy was having problems with handstands and back extensions. Kathy did all her tumbling, but was having a little troub le on one and a half through to double-full. We were going to go back to Floor but the time ran out. Friday - We went to the ea rly session to tra in with the Czechs, Russians, Romanians and East Germans. Kathy did dance warm-up first. The Russian was 11 years old and went to bars first· she did excellent technique on cast handstands, good clear hips: good giants and a cowboy flyaway double back dismount. Christina Grigoras (ROM) went to beam and spent most of her time there. The Czech girl did pike front over low bar mount, long hang kip cast handstand half turn to immediate toe circle 1'/ 2 twist on high bar to regrasp low bar. She did have trouble holding her feet up on the glide. The Russian' s floor was beautiful. Very classical a nd simple dance. She did pike double 1st pass, whip back through to a high back tuck second pass a nd finished with a slightly weak double-full. On beam Grigoras did a tuck with a half twist on bea m. When she went to bars, she did bar beat to a Kreisel. She finished with a nice toe front half. The tiny Russian had rea l problems on vault. She did some crashing pike tsuks. Her coach did not spot these. She did some nice hollow layout tsuks with him spotting. Kathy's FX workout went wel l. She did two dance through s then quit for the day.

extensions I thought she was home free. She went up for the 1st back extensio n and both h a nds slipped a s she approached the handstand. She came straight down on her head with a bang. She walked around for a few seconds like sh E: was dazed and I started to go up on the podium a nd bring her down. She had recovered as I was on the first step and jumped back up on the beam. She walked the length of the beam and then finished her routine with excellent form and steadiness. She received a 9.15 out of 9.8 with the fall but I put in an inquiry to see if there was any RV or OV given. There was not. Grigoras on beam went over time and did no t receive credit for her double back di smount. She a lso had a fall on her front tuck mount. The rest of her routine was sol id ... she received a 9.l. Kim had 2 falls on bea m a nd received an 8.55. Floor: Kathy decided to use doubl e pike, double full and double full for her tumbling. Her floor was beautiful and received well. She scored 9.5 out of 9.8 . This was the highest floor score. Kim did a lovely floor showing maturity beyond her years. Her grace and style were simple and elegant. She got a 9 .45. We knew that Grigoras needed a 9.15 to tie Kathy for 1st AA a nd a 9.2 to win. She ope.p.ed with a n excellent full in but she had a lack of control on the landing and stepped back out of bounds. She did front through to double full middle pass and fini shed with a tuck double. She had a .3 hand touch on her last doubl e back and her dance was not good. She received a 9.2 taking first place all around. Kathy ended up second. By Bunny Cook


floor was beautiful and received well. She scored 9.5 out of 9.8. This was the highest floor score." Saturday - During warm-ups, the 11 year old Russian girl stood right in line with the end of the beam with her nose almost touching the beam to try to "psych" Kathy .. . it did not bother Kathy at all but I went up and told her to move to the side. It was cut-throat in the lines because the hour and a half warm-ups were not timed. Competition - All the girls started on vault. Kathy did a medium layout Tsuk, received a 9.4, so Kathy attempted to Tsuk full. She kicked her heels back on preflight so she did not have enough speed over the horse to make the vault. She touched down with both hands and then went to her knees - she received 8.9. Kim performed a surprisingly good layout and a lso received a 9.4. Grigoras performed two excellent tsuk fulls a nd had good height and distance. Her body was just a little loose a nd she did not stick either one ... 9.7. Bars: Kim (USSR) did a nice bar set with no form deductions and excellent technique. She cowboyed the double fl yaway dismount and received a 9.6 for her effort. Grigoras had a very clean bar set and stuck her toe front half di smount for a 9.65. Kathy did a super 1st part but complained of slipping on the last cast (45°) and the toe hand blind change (also 45°). She stuck her double full flyaw ay but was about an eighth short on the t urn. Kathy got a 9.55. Beam: Kathy had a super set going. She na iled her back layo ut (we decided not to chance two since the a ll-around was so Close). She nailed her roundoff back tuck. When she got to the two back PAGE 22

USA Oly mpian and UCLA student-athlete Peter Vidmar skies on a straddled hecht vault.



MENS REPORT There were eight male gymnasts at the 1981 Champions All Competition divided into two groups, group A and B. Group B consisted of the followin g gymnasts: Jeff Davis, Great Britain; Jan Zoulik , Czechoslovakia ; Gilles Jamet, France; and Kurt Szilier, Romania. Group A included: Kiyoski Goto , Japan ; Bernd Jensch, DDR; Alexander Tumilovich, USSR; and Peter Vidmar, USA. To indicate the level ofthe field of gymnasts, the following is a brief sketch of the gymnasts' accomplishments: ( 1) Jeff Davis - 26 year old British All-Around Champion for the past 3 years; (2) Jan Zoulik - 24 year old 1979 Czechoslovakian National All-Around Champion, runner-up in 1980, losing the title to Rudolf Babiak; (3) Gilles J amet - 22 year old 2 times French Junior All-Around Champion, alternate on the 1980 Olympic Team ; (4) Kurt Szilier - 24 year old All-Around Silver Medalist in the 1980 Romanian Championship, member of the 1979 World Championship Team, and the 1980 Olympic Team; (5) Bernd Jensch - 20 year old former East German Junior Champion, and 5th place All-Around in the 1980 East German National Championship; (6) Kiyosh i Goto - 26 year old 4th place All-Around finisher in the 1979 All-Japan Gymnastics Championship, National High Bar Champion the past 5 years; (7) Alexander Tumilovitth - 18 year old All-Around Bronze Medalist in the 1980 Junior European Championship, and (8) Peter Vidmar - 1980 USGF All-Around Champion. Of the 8 gymnasts, 3 were either the prese nt or former All-Around Champions of their respective countries; 4 have at one time or another, been ranked in the top 6; and 1, Alexander Tumilovitch, a new Russian gymnast, who with increased strength, may one day break into the Russian National Team. Thus, although this meet is called the "Champions All," the field of competitors were by and large not champions, but near champions.

rrHis flexibility enabled him to move in the most graceful and artistic way. He opened my eyes to the importance of flexibility in gymnastics." Still , it was a highly contested match, especially for first place. A .meet such as this, where only one gymnast represents his country , puts an a lmost undue pressure on the gymnast and coach. One miss might mean the difference between first and fourth. Being alone that difference might mean respectability for not only himself but for his country or a lack of respectability in the eyes of international judges. Peter Vidmar's first place and Kathy Johnson's second place should help us in our quest for medals in the upcoming World Championships. Alexander Tumilovitch's extreme fle xibility enabled him to perform the Thomas flair as well as anyone in the world. His form in positions of extreme flexibility was superb. His flexibility enabled him to move in the most graceful and artistic way. He opened my eyes to the importance of flexibility in gymnastics. In conclusion, I would like to say the British Amateur Gymnastics Association staged a most excellent meet. The fine accommodations, efficient transportation, and the warm hospitality extended to all the gymnasts and coaches, ensured them of optimum conditions for success in this year's "Champions All' Gymnastics Tournament. At the gala reception following the competition , Bunny Cook spoke for all the de legates and presented Mr. Franklyn Edmonds of the British Amateur Gymnastics Association with a copper clown statue on behalf of the United States Gymnastics Federation. Upon receiving the gift, everyone burst into laughter at Mr. Edmonds' reply, "I accept this from one clown to another clown." By Makoto Sakamoto 1981 CHAMPIONS ALL London, Eng land April 11 , 1981

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TOKYO Tokyo Broadcasting System Cup WOMANS REPORT Prior to actual competition it was quite evident that both Shelly Goodwin and Patti Rice had traveled to Japan to "compete." Early in the practice rounds it was not uncommon for the girls to be applauded by on-watching Japanese gymnasts, male and female alike, who stopped their workouts to watch and enjoy our girls. The second day found us at the competition site for what proved to be an eye opening event. The excitement of competing in the Olympic stadium was not to be overshadowed by the realization that this was truly international competition; wooden boards, rock- li ke reuther swing floor , etc. We elected to take out the double-back element of both girls' routines and substituted for C.R. credit the tumbling capabilities that each girl was able to handle. Michelle used her one and one half twisting back somersault thru to a double twisting back somersault for her C.R. credit and Patti utilized her triple full twisting back somersault instead of the double back to also attain her C.R. credit.-

rru nder normal competitive rules the all-around would find Michelle in second place with a 37.40, one tenth off the mark of the first place Chinese girl Ma Yan Hong." This meet was considered a finals meet - finals without any preliminaries - fina ls rules and all. Vaulting now became a concern and a need for two "C" level vaults from two different families. The United States Women's team and the Chinese Women's team were to compete all-around. The Japanese Women's team would not compete all-around but would compete on their best two events. The US girls, two Chinese girls (their fourth and fifth in order of excellence), and eight Japanese National members (one was later scratched from the competition). We followed Olympic rotation. Patti undoubtedly performed the finest handspring front vault of the entire meet; unfortunately her Tsukahara full twist did not go well. Michelle performed a full -on handspring off and full-on full twist off. Shelly, by far , competed the cleanest full twisting vault in pre-fl ight and in after-flight of anyone, Chinese and Japanese included. Both girls' best vaults were evaluated at 9.45, the highest vaulting scores of that event. The Chinese both competed full twist on and full twist off, and not well I might add , plus layout Tsukaharas , which piked down severely. Admittedly the Chinese girls need additional strength training to aid their growth in this event. Other vaults executed by the remaining Japanese competitors included pike Tsukaharas, plus one girl performing a handspring half-turn back turn out (with tuck kick out technique on the pre-flight stage of the vault). We then moved to UB competition where Patti drew first up and did a fine job by hitting her jump handstand front somie mount; her whip front fl yaway recatch and handstand half-turn Tsukahara dismount. Shelly mounted well using her front pike somersault on, but suffered slight rhythm breaks in her full twisting free hip hand series thru to her stomach whip half turn handstand. She finished strong, with a well executed handstand sole circle half-turn piked PAGE 23

somersault over the-low bar. Michelle was awarded a 9.0 for her effort while Patti earned 9.2 and the Bronze medal. .. . Surely the Chinese girls a re supreme on this event. Their sleek bodies swing like none other than I have seen, and thei r innovative connections' are also without rival. The elements executed by them included a very pure blind change work; vario us tw isting elements to include a full twisting hecht back which earned one of the girls a 9.9. Balance beam - P atti was up early in the competition, and had a rough go of it, suffering two falls. The lighting in t he stadium was surely not proper for world class gymnastics. Shelly was ab le to successfull y concentrate on her routine a nd t urn ed in a n outstanding 9.5 effort. Michelle was the only competitor in t he competition to tumble out of a side aerial, a nd her back-ha ndspring so mersaul t was the highest in t he meet. Shelly took home the Silver medal on this event, a nd the American girls clearly showed the highest level of difficulty attempted on Beam. Floor exercise went quite well for the American team. Patti turned in an inspired performance, hitting a very clean tripp Ie-full twisting back somersault a nd coupled her fine t umbling with a ni ce display of showmanship. P atti's effort earned her a well deser ved Silver med a l on this event hav ing been eva luate d at a 9.55. Michelle fini shed the day with a fine job on this event, the event with which she earned her national title. Unfortunately she landed her last tumbling pass slightly short, earning her a fourth place finish at 9.45. Under norm a l competitive rules the a ll-a round would find Michelle in second place with a 37 .40 , one te nth off the mark of the first place Chinese girl Ma Yan Hong. Also under these regulations our girl s would h ave tied for the gold medal in the vaulting competition , both having scores of 9.45, t he highest individual efforts in th at event .. .. Needl ess to say we were pleased to have represented the United States in Tokoyo, J apan, and were proud to have been selected for t.his exciting international experience. By Tom McCar thy

that the underlying, unspoken motive for this a lliance is the desire to compete with the Soviet Union for the number one gymnastics position. By Ma ko to Sakamoto

THE 12th TBS CUP Tokyo, Japan April 25, 1981

Yang Hong Ma Ja Wen Chika Shinozuka Kazumi Nagayama Rika Anam i Katsura Uchida Megumi Tsujino Moiko Morio Michelle Goodwin Patti Rice


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GUEST OPINION MENS REPORT The TBS Cup was held on Saturday, April 25 at Yoyogi Number 2 Gymnasium in Tokyo . The number of spectators attending the meet was, in my estimation, about 2,000. This was about 300% better tha n the year before . The meet was also shown on the TBS television network the next day. The TBS Cup is not an all-around competition, but a n event fin al competition. Thus no all-around awards were given. For the men, only three gymnasts performed on all six events - Peter Vidmar, Mitch Gaylord, and Huang Yu Bin of China. (Xong Song Liang sprained his ankle during practice and was not able to compete.) Mitch won sil ver medals on the floor , pommel horse a nd the rings. Peter won a silver on the floor. Mitch over rotated his full-in, lost his step on the long horse , and missed his Gaylord Flip. However, he did perhaps his best ring set" ever , earning him a solid second place to the great ringman , Huang Yu Bin. Peter had perhaps his worst meet of his career. He missed on all six events. The two boys were depressed after the meet, but looked forward to a three-way meet among UCLA, J untendo University, and the Juntendo Alumni Team. This meet, attended by Mr. Nosaka, Vice President of the Japan Gymnastics Association, and other hi gh officers of the Association, saw Peter winning the a ll-around with a 57.30 and Mitch second at 56.90. They out di stanced Kitagawa and Yogo, both members of the 1981 Japanese Olympic Team . The two boys won respectability for the United States. They represented us well. The Japanese men looked very impressive. Morisue's high bar which included a one-arm Gie'nger, reverse hecht, Markelov (hecht vault), and a triple flip was most exciting. Sotomur's parallel bar routine, peformed to the ultimate, included a fl yi ng straight arm peach basket, a nd an effortless giant swing, won approval from both audience and judges. Hua ng Yu Bin's straight arm planche press to handstand on the rings was performed with a straight body showing no signs of strain . Perhaps it is coincidental , but all the best all-around gymnasts, including Diti at in , Gushiken, H artun g, Conner, Huang Yu Bin, etc. ar e a ll strong in the planche position . The Japanese officials reiterated their hope that this TBS Cup would be a start of a Japa n-China-USA alliance that could lead to excellence in world gymnastics. Parenthetically it should be noted PAGE 24

On Being A Member Of The UNITED STATES NATIONAL GYMNASTICS TEAM By Fritz Reiter Quite frankly I am appalled by the attitude of some of the best coaches in the country. When gymnasts on the NATIONAL TEAM are being pulled out of previously accepted international commitments. It then becomes necessary for the USGF to send lower ranked athletes to these invitationals. The fact that this often creates havoc at the last minute to secure visas or schedule rearra ngements on the part of the next gymnast in line and their coaches, is the least of the problem . The part which disturbs me most is that we sponsor a way of thinking in the minds of our gymnasts in making the National Team is really nothing special ifit happens at the wrong time in the opinion of the coach. There seem to be two kinds of competitions which count - which are worth working for - the Olympic Game Tria ls a nd the World Championship Tria ls. This further implies all the other opportunities of achievement don 't mean much if you miss these two. So if you are not born in a convenient year to put you into a "good age" for the Olympic year - yo u might as well forget it. This means being chosen to represent your country in a n "International Invitational" no longer has much mea ning since the best gymnasts in our country turn them down . The "losers" can go to these!!! In my own youth there was nothing more important tha n being a member of the National Team a nd to compete for my country. Everything else took second place. How can we expect a sense of patriotism in our gymnasts, if we coaches do not demonstrate it ourselves first? I can see ifour gymnasts had an extremely lucky day a nd most of the experienced athletes blew it and this moved her high up the ladder where she really shouldn't be yet. Her coach could conceivably take her off the National Team at a poin t right after the selection meet so another gymnast may take her place. One should not brag about being a member of the National Team and not accept the commitments at the same time. One comes with the other. If the coach does not think she is ready yet to represent the country, maybe she should not enter the National Championships in the first place. She perhaps should still be tra ining. USGF GYMNASTICS


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