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"The Official Publication of the United States Gymnastics Federation"

Vol. 10 No.4


The First Year ........................... 7 (An Editorial by Roger Counsil)

Championship of the USA - Women .... 8 (by Ward Black)

Championship of the USA - Men ...... 10 '81 NCAA Championships .............. 12 (by Ward Black)

1981 National Championships ......... 14 Rhythmic Gymnastics ( Competition Story by Patti McCurry)

'81 AlAW Division I Nationals ......... 16 1981 National Team Championships .. 18 (by Jim Gault)

USGF International Competitions: International Gerntan Cup ............. 19 (Competition Report by Abie Grossfeld)

Golden Sands International ....... ... .. 20 (by Sandy Thieltz)

Antibes -

Orleans Competitions ...... 22

(by Greg Wiess)

1981 Men's European Championships 26 (by Bill Sands)

1981 Women's European Chattlpionships ........................ 26 (by Bill Sands) )


USGF Calendar and Notes .............. 30

ON THE COVER Ron Galimore scored a perfect 10 at this year's NCAA with a layout tsukalJara with full twist. A performaI1ce w hich brought the full house of 11 ,000 plus fans to their feet in loud appreciation. USGF photo by Rich Kenney

United States Gymnastics Federation

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MEMBERS: Amateur Athletic Union; American Sokol Organization; American Turners; Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women; National Association for Girls and Worn ens Sports; National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches; National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women; National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics; National Association of Women Gymnastics Judges; National Collegiate Athletic Association; National Federation of State High School Associations; National Gymnastics Judges Association; National High School Gymnastics Coaches Association; National Jewish Welfare Board; National Junior College Athletic Association; United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs; United States Gymnastics Safety Association, Young Men's Christian Association.

Publisher: Roger Counsil, Executive Director USGF. Managing Editor/Art Director: Rich Kenney, USGF Director of Communications. Men's Contributing Editor: Mas Watanabe, USGF Men's Program Director. Women's Contributing Editor: R. Scott Crouse, USGF Women's Program Director. Education Editor: Bill Sands, USGF Education and Research Director. Associate Editor/Staff Writer: Ward Black. Associate Photographer/Artist: Dave Black. Business Manager: Mike Gilmore. Advertising Maliager: Peter Kock-Weser. Design and Production: Hales/Black Design , Dallas, TX. USGF GYMNASTICS



The First Year Although it is difficult to believe, I have been in the USGF Office for one year. During this time , I feel we have made many strides in serving o ur function ... that of providing service to the gymnastics commllllity. The USGF has successfully moved its office from Tuscon to Fort Worth and has established itself in a temporary office while working on the new National Headquarters. We are reasonably confident at this point, a dono r has been identified to build our new national office complex in Fort Worth ; we should be moving forward with this project in a very short period of time. Also, during the course of the past year, the visibility of the sport of gymnastics on television has been greatly increased. We have successfully contracted television to cover our important meets, domestically, as well as some foreign meets which have not been previously covered by television. Our staff, within the past year, is almost totally new, and I am very proud of the fact they are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated. It is not out of the ordinary to find them working a twelve hour day, and I feel the gymnastics community is fortunate to have such a dedicated group as they. Regarding the staff, we have created a new position which should greatly serve the USGF coaching community. This position is the Educational and Research Director, Mr. Bill Sands; nationally known coach arid an outstanding technician, having been national coach for the USA Women 's Team. In this position, we w ill endeavor to convey much more information to the coaching community regarding new trends, new techniques, new movements, national statistics regarding injuries, participation in the sport of gymnastics and other matters that are of such vital interest to coaches. It is felt by the USGF Office this service will be invaluable to the coaches and we will begin on September 1, as a part of our new professional membership , to make the technical journal available on a bi -monthly basis to professional members. We are very excited about this service and think the coaches will feel it quite worthwhile. Shortly, our improved selection of products will be available to the gymnastics community. We have greatly increased our products available to clubs and individuals, having added such new items as T-shirts, sweatshirts, posters, notebooks, backpacks and other items carrying our logo will be available to the gymnastics public. As of the September-October issue, which will be available at the '81 USGF Congress, our magazine will be included as a part of the athlete and professional membership. The magaZine at present is being revised to the extent that we are including much more of a human interest nature to the articles and we anticipate an ability to provide some good insights and enjoyable reading for you in the future . At present, we are currently planning on implementing a Hall of Fame as part of our office complex when it is built in Fort Worth designed to appropriately honor our past Master of Sport recipients and other achievers. Gymnastics is moving ahead quite rapidly and it is exciting to be a part of it and provide the leadership for the sport.


November 9, 1925 - July 15, 1981


Robert H. Stout, a member of the 1952 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team , died Wednesday morning, July 15, 1981 , while jogging. He was to leave that day for Romania as the U.S. judge assigned to the World University Games Gymnastics Competition. A prominent figure in the gymnastics world as a competitor, coach, and judge, he had an outstanding schoolboy career in Philadelphia, winning the Public League All Around title in 1942 and 194 3. He was on the U.S. team that competed against Czechoslovakia in 1947. He led the Temple University team to the NCAA title in 1949. Along the way, he collected Eastern Intercollegiate GymnastiCS League championships in the All Around three times, in Tumbling, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bar, plus NCAA titles in Floor Exercise and Horizontal Bar. Following this he capped his competitive career with two National AAU All Around titles in 1952 and 1953, individual titles in Floor ExerCise, Vaulting, and Horizontal Bar, and a place on the 1952 Olympic Team. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Temple UniverSity. Following this he taught and coached at Penn Treaty Jr. High School and Edison High School before moving to Abington High School. He coached for 17 of the 29 years he was with the various schools. He founded a gymnastics program at two schools and co-founded theJr. High School League in Philadelphia. One of the most respected judges in the country, he held both national and international licenses and officiated ex tensively on all levels for the past 2 4 years. he was currently th e Eastern Gymnastics Judges ' Association's technical director and had previously served as the EGJA president and as the national technical director for the national judging body. He contributed to the rules formulations and interpretations that are in current use.


An editorial by Roger Counsil

Another project which is rapidly coming to finalization is a national apparel sponsorship. We are at the present time into final negotiations with an apparel sponsor who will provide high quality competitive uniforms to the Men's and \Vomen's USA Teams. \Ve feel that we have identified an excellent apparel sponso~ and hopefully we will be able to make a formal announcement regarding that sponsorship in the near future. Negotiations for a national corporate sponsor are also well underway with three viable candidates talking w ith the USGF regarding the various elements of a sponsorship. We feel that progress is going well although realistically we are still several months from finalization talks. We hope that by early 1982 we can announce that we do indeed have a national sponsor. Lastly, but perhaps most important, we are finally in the finishing stages of the design of a true national training program for Elite women. The finishing touches are now being developed on the program and our timetable prescribes that we begin to implement the program in 1982. Although, this obviously is late for the 1981 World Championships, it should have a very definite positive impact on the 1984 Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles. The USA has never had a true identifiable national program for women befo re and we feel that this is the most Significant development to occur in recent years. He had been inducted into the Citizens Savings Hall of Fame, the Temple University Hall of Fame, the National Gymnastics Judges' Association Hall of Fame, and had been named Eastern Judge of the Year. He is survived by his wife , the former Marie DeCarr, and two children, Richard (an MD), and Susan.


1981 CHAMPION OF THE USA TRACEE TALAVERA March 12-14 LeHigh University - Pennsylvania

'81 Championship of the USA all-around champion Tracee Talavera flanked by newcomer Trina Tinti on the left and veteran Kathy johnson.

32 senior women gymnasts and 21 junior gymnasts gathered at LeHigh University in Pennsylvania in March for the '81 Championships of the USA. This competition determined the 20 member USA National Team, the AA Champion of the USA for 1981, the 12 member USA Junior National Team, as well as qualifying the top 10 senior finishers for the World Championships Team Trials next September in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Senior Meet - Tracee Talavera from Mulvihill's National Academy in Oregon surpassed Atlanta's Kathy Johnson in the AA (74.15 to 73.55) to win "The" Championship of the USA. Talavera won the AA d~spite ranking first on only one event during compulsories and optionals, scoring a 9.60 BB in the optionals. Michelle Goodwin (Berks) finished a strong third, .05 ahead of '80 USA Champion Julianne McNamara. The defending champion had a consistant meet, but a 8.05 compulsory beam set was perhaps the responsible factor in keeping her from back to back AA titles. As journalist Coult Aubrey from Allentown's Morning Call accurately predicted in her morning article on the day of the compulsory competition, "The competition is simply too tight to permit one weak score." Beam also denied the Parkettes' Gina Stallone, who was second after compulsories (.10 behind Talavera), but a 7.65 optional BB lowered her optional AA score to 35.15 and dropped her to 11th AA. Fifth place went to Chicago's Amy Koopman, 6th was Shari Mann from the MG's and in 7th was Trina Tinti from Scats. Finishing in 8th, 9th and 10th and also qualifying for the USA World Championships Team Trials were Kelly Chaplin (Alb ., NM), Lisa Zeis (Niagara, NY) and Lynn Lederer (Omaha, NB). 8

The JuniGr Meet - In 1980 Dianne Durham received the Karen Kelsall Award as the Most Promising Gymnast in the North Shore Invitational held in British Columbia, Canada. Less than a year later she held off Nicole Kushner (Parkettes) 73.25 to 71 .80 to win the Junior AA title at the Championships of the USA. Durham (Gymkhana - Shamburg, IL) had a 37.50 in the optionals - 9.40 V, 9.45 UB, 9.25 BB and 9.40 FX - and given time to physically mature and continued improvement, with dance, form and flexibility, could prove to be an exceptional gymnast in the future. Her competitive maturity matched that of many of the older internationally seasoned senior gymnasts, as she appeared to compete with a relaxed confidence, far past her 13 years. Finishing in 3rd Lisa McVay (MarVaTeens), 4th Pammy Bileck (Twisters), 5th Mary Lou Retton (Aerial Port) and 6th Nancy McDonald (Starlettes). Scott Crouse (USGF) commenting on these championships, "If you missed the 1981 Championships of the USA, you truely missed a 'Sport Spectacular' . .. the gymnasts provided everyone with 3 days of energetic, graceful, poised and exciting performances, and have raised the USA team level of perfection and difficulty substantially .. . a credit to the gymnasts and their dedicated coaches. Notes - In combining both the Senior and Junior Elites there were 53 gymnasts; with 3 clubs each having qualified 4 gymnasts to these championships - the host team Parkettes (Donna and Bill Strauss), Niagara Frontier Gymnastics (Pete Sielski) and National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (Linda and Dick Mulvihill). No senior gymnasts won more than 2 events during the AA competition with 6 girls dividing among them these 8 1st places - compulsory and optional FXlBBIUBN. USGF GYMNASTICS



Talavera Nat'l Acad (Comp + Opt = 74.15)

Comp 9.40 Opt 9.35

9.15 9.70

Atlanta 2 Johnson (Comp + Opt = 73.55)

Comp 9.15 Opt 9.35


Goodwin Berks (Comp + Opt = 73.30)



Sobotka Mic Twist (Comp + Opt = 68.60)

Comp 9.05 Opt 9.00

6.95 9.10

8.50 8.70

8.65 8.65

33.15 35.45


Mitzel I?S (Comp + Opt = 67.55)

Comp 8.80 Opt 8.75

8.60 8.05

8.40 7.45

8.85 8.65

34.65 32.90



9.00 9.60

9.25 8.70

36.80 37.35


Rashoff SCRATCH(Comp + Opt = 15.30)

Comp 0.00 Opt 0.00

0.00 0.00

8.40 0.00

6.90 0.00

15.30 0.00

9.05 9.60

8.75 9.40

9.30 8.95

36.25 37.30


Stednitz SCRATCH(Comp + Opt = 6.30)

Comp 0.00 Opt 0.00

0.00 0.00

6.30 0.00

0.00 0.00

6.30 0.00

Comp 9.15 Opt 9.30

8.70 9.35

9.10 9.35

8.95 9.40

35.9U 37.40

McNamara Nat'l Acad (Comp + Opt = 73.25)

Comp 9.15 Opt 9.30

9.35 9.80

8.05 9.35

9.30 8.95

35.85 37.40


Koopman - Mid Twist (Comp + Opt = 73.10)

Comp 8.90 Opt 9.45

9.30 9.40

8.65 9.10

9.40 8.90

36 .25 36.85


Mann MG's (Comp + Opt = 72.95)

Comp 9.30 Opt 9.35

9.30 8.75

9.00 9.45

8.60 9.20

36.20 36 .75


Tinti Scats (Comp + Opt = 72.40)

Comp 9.05 Opt 8.60

9.55 9.45

8.45 9.25

8.85 9.20

35.90 36.50


Chaplin Albuquerque (Comp + Opt = 72.30)

Comp 9.20 Opt 9.40

9.00 8.95

8.65 8.70

9.10 9.30


Zeis Niagara (Comp + Opt = 72.20)

Comp 9.30 Opt 9.40

8.55 9.00

9.00 8.65


Lederer Omaha Gems (Comp + Opt = 72.15)

Comp 9.20 Opt 9.20

9.20 8.95


Stallone Parkettes (Comp + Opt = 71.85)

Comp 9.45 Opt 9.05


Rice Gym-Dandys (Comp + Opt = 70.60)




8.70 9.25

8.70 9.40

35.75 37 .50

9.15 8.85

8.55 9.10

8.80 9.10

35 .60 36.20

Comp 9.35 Opt 9.10

8.65 9.00

8.50 8.90

9.20 9.00

35.70 36.00

Bileck.. . ... Twisters (Comp + Opt = 71.40)

Comp 9.15 Opt 9.25

8.85 8.55

8.35 9.35

8.80 9.10

35.15 36.25


Retton .. .. Aerial Port (Comp + Opt = 71.30)

Comp 8.75 Opt 9.50

9.00 9.30

8.55 8.35

8.60 9.25

34 .90 36.40

36.70 35.15


McDonald .. Starlettes (Comp + Opt = 70.65)

Comp 9.20 Opt 9.30

8.30 9.15

8.40 9.05

8.35 8.90

34.25 36.40

8.50 9.10

34.45 36.15


. ... MG 's Smith ... (Comp + Opt = 70.60)

Comp 9.25 Opt 9.00

8.95 8.45

8.35 9.15

8.50 8.95

35.05 35.55

8.25 9.35

8.40 8.40

34 .60 36 .00


Rosenberry Parkettes (Comp + Opt = 70.55)

Comp 9.20 Opt 9.10

8.30 8.60

8.75 9.10

8.60 8.90

34.85 35 .70

9.00 8.90

8.40 8.15

8.60 8.80

35.40 35.15


Wener.. . . .Memphis (Comp + Opt = 70.30)

Comp 9.30 Opt 8.65

9.20 9.35

8.45 8.50

8.60 8.25

35.55 34.75

Comp 9.20 Opt 8.95

8.65 8.80

8.60 8.75

8.55 9.05

35.00 35.55


Muzbeck ... Acronauts (Comp + Opt = 70.10)

Comp 9.20 Opt 7.35

8.95 8.40

8.60 9.50

9.00 9.10

35 .75 34.35

Pope Little Rock (Comp + Opt = 70.50)

Comp 9.10 Opt 9.00

8.85 9.15

7.90 8.85

8.80 8.85

34.65 35 .85


Houghton .... St Louis (Comp + Opt = 70.00)

Comp 9.00 Opt 9.00

8.80 8.70

8.55 8.35

8.50 9.10

34.85 35.15


ILIFF Gym Olympia (Comp + Opt = 70.45)

Comp 9.30 Opt 9.10

8.60 9.00

8.30 8.75

8.70 8.70

34.90 35.55


Sica . . .... L.A. Lights (Comp + Opt = 70.00)

Comp 9.60 Opt 9.50

8.90 8.90

8.20 8.10

8.65 8.15

35.35 34 .65


Goldsmith Nat'l Acad (Comp + Opt = 70.45)

Comp 8.95 Opt 8.55

8.55 8.60

8.90 9.40

8.60 • 8.90

35 .00 35.45


Jacques .... .AII Amer (Comp + Opt = 69.75)

Comp 9.00 Opt 9.00

9.00 8.80

8.50 8.40

8.45 8.60

34.95 34.80


Hillner Bridgettes (Comp + Opt = 70.40)

Comp 9.15 Opt 9.05

8.75 8.90

8.20 9.00

8.75 8.60

34 .85 35.55


Kaplan ....... Niagara (Comp + Opt = 69.45)

Comp 9.20 Opt 9.35

8.40 9.05

8.00 8.35

8.60 8.50

34.20 35.25


Montera Scats (Comp + Opt = 70.40)

Comp 9.35 Opt 8.90

8.90 7.35

8.80 8.75

9.00 9.35

36 .05 34 .35


Rolley ......... MG 's (Comp + Opt = 69.10)

Comp 9.10 Opt 8.45

8.40 9.00

8.40 8.50

8.65 8.60

34.55 34.55


Taylor Utah Acad (Comp + Opt = 70.35)

Comp9.10 Opt 9.15

8.80 9.00

8.25 8.65

8.60 8.80

34.75 35 .60


Seaman. . .Flippers (Comp + Opt = 69.00)

Comp 9.00 Opt 8.90

8.80 8.85

8.05 8.55

8.45 8.40

34.30 34.70


Kaiser Seagulls (Comp + Opt = 70.35)

Comp 9.35 Opt 9.10

8.80 8.90

8.45 9.05

8.25 8.45

34.85 35 .50


Lemon . . .. Grosslelds (Comp + Opt = 68 .85)

Comp 8.95 Opt 9.10

9.15 8.30

8.20 8.35

8.05 8.75

34.35 34.50


McDonnell Starlettes (Comp + Opt = 70.30)

Comp 9.25 Opt 9.05

8.55 9.00

8.50 8.65

8.35 8.95

34.65 35.65


Aderente ... Bridgettes (Comp + Opt = 68 .05)

Comp 9.20 Opt 8.70

8.35 8.95

7.95 8.10

8.30 8.50

33.80 34.25


Neal Ariz Twist (Comp + Opt = 70.10)

Comp 9.40 Opt 9.45

7.65 8./15

8.55 9.00

9.10 8.50

34 .70 35.40


Newmyer .. Acronauts (Comp + Opt = 68.00)

Comp 9.00 Opt 9.10

8.30 8.85

7.95 8.70

8.05 8.05

33.30 34.70


Phillips Gym Co . (Comp + Opt = 69.75)

Comp 8.95 Opt 9.45

9.00 8.20

8.55 7.80

8.80 9.00

35 .30 34.45


Wlciarczyk ... Niagara (Comp + Opt = 67.65)

Comp 8.75 Opt 8.85

8.30 8.65

7.35 8.30

8.55 8.90

32.95 34.70


Hauschild Southampton (Comp + Opt = 69.75)

Comp 9.10 Opt 9.20

9.00 9.10

8.25 8.00

8.45 8.65

34.80 34.95


Renick .. P. NW Twist (Comp + Opt = 66.50)

Comp 8.90 Opt 8.30

8.25 8.65

8.40 7.50

8.25 8.25

33.80 32.70


Mordre Nat'l Acad (Comp + Opt = 69.70)

Comp 9.35 Comp 9.40

8.15 8.30

8.W 9.05

8.65 8.30

34.65 35 .05

Olsen Acronauts (Comp + Opt = 69.50)

Comp 9.15 Opt 9.00

8.65 8.30

8.50 9.05

8.35 8.50

34 .65 34.85



Durham ... Gymkhana (Comp + Opt = 73.25)

Comp 9.30 Opt 9.40

9.05 9.45


Kushner .... Parkettes (Comp + Opt= 71 .80)

Comp 9.10 Opt 9.15

35.95 36 .35


McVay . . .Marvateens (Comp + Opt = 71 .70)

9.35 8.95

36.20 36.00


8.75 8.65

9.00 9.20

36.15 36.00

9.15 9.30

9.15 7.65

8.95 9.15

Comp 9.10 Opt 9.60

8.30 8.95

8.55 8.50

Brummer Niagara (Comp + Opt = 70.60)

Comp 9.05 Opt 9.35

8.90 8.90


Elliot Richmond (Comp + Opt = 70.55)

Comp 9.40 Opt 9.30


Fischler Parkettes (Comp + Opt = 70.55)






Championship of the USA all-around winner Jim Hartung, (a bove) Chris Regal, highest placed non-collegiate gymnast, (lete) 7th ranked Oklahoma 's Peter Scout, (right) the dynamic and flexible JHario McCutcheon

U.S.G.F. ALL-AROUND 1981 Men's Championships - Lincoln, Nebraska 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 12


Jim Hartung Peter Vidmar Bart Conner Phil Cahoy Scott Johnson Mario McCutcheon Peter Stout Mark Caso Mitch Gaylord Brian Babcock Chuck Chmelka Ron Galimore

Compo 57.70 57.65 57.80 56.80 56.85 55.95 55.90 55 .65 55 .30 56.20 54.90 56.25

Opt. 58.00 57.80 57 .60 57 .35 56.60 56.45 55.60 55.80 56.05 54 .50 55 .80 54.40

Total 115.70 115.45 115.40 114.15 113.45 112.40 111.50 111.45 111.35 110.70 110.70 110.65

12 Tim Daggett 14 Chris Riegel 15 Brek Grigas 16 Kevin Prady 17 Tom Beach 17 Roy Pallasau 19 Brian Meeker 20 Steve Marino 21 Billy Paul 22 Matt Biespiel 23 Wallace Miller 24 Joey Ray

55.40 55.85 54.90 54.40 54.15 54.55 54.60 54.55 54 .15 54.95 54.40 52.95

55.25 54.50 55.35 55 .60 55 .55 55 .15 54 .90 54 .70 54 .35 53 .50 53 .20 52 .30

110.65 110.35 110.25 110.00 109.70 109.70 109.50 109.25 108.50 108.45 107.60 105.25


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'81 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS University of Nebraska April 2 - 4, 1981 " If Nebraska is to duplicate Penn State's feat of three straight NCA:_ Championships in 1959, '60 and '61 , the Cornhuskers have to be fired up to survive Big 8 Champ Oklahoma and PAC 10 Champ UCLA " - Randy York, Lincoln Star, 4-2 -81.



"The consistancy is the thing ... " - Hartung, Lincoln J ournal , 4-3-81 Uim Hartung was 24 for 24 in 3 days of competition - editor)

"Jim will find that the elusive No. I is not the easiest thing to come by . if we worry too much about each other, we could find ourselves second and third behind Peter Vidmar. " - Conner, Lincoln Star, 4-3·81


"By the time the compulsory session was over much of th e pattern of the meet was already apparent. " - H.]. Biesterfeldt, Inte rnational Gym nast, June 1981.

Nebraska Oklahoma UCLA Iowa State Oregon Penn State Illinois Arizona State Ohio State Cal-State Fullerton







45.50 46.90 45 .55 45.10 42 .70 42.45 40.60 42 .30 41.75 36.45

4800 46.25 46 .50 47.10 43.25 45.60 41.80 41.60 44.00 39.90

46.20 46 .50 47.25 46.30 46.10 44.70 46.30 43.40 43.20 41.40

46.75 46.20 46.90 46.30 44.70 44 .35 45.80 45.35 44 .15 44.40

46.65 46 .30 45.40 46.10 43.50 42 .65 43.50 43.40 39.75 33.60

47.40 47.70 47 .00 46.05 46.00 42.60 44.05 43.65 43.45 36.55

TOTAL 280.50 1 279.85 2 278.60 3 276.95 4 266.25 5 262.35 6 261.05 7 259.70 8 256 .30 9 232.30 10

.. it is long past time to go back to regional qualification for teams using both compulsory and optional, so that we can be sure all teams are prepared for compulsory comptition." - Biesterfeldt, IG C

"We're really happy we are ahead. It's good incentive for tomorrow. We knew if any event would make or break us, it would be the pommel horse." - Francis Allen - Nebraska, Daily Nebraskan , 4-3 -8 1 "The first goal is the Team Championship, and we're in better shape (after compulsories) than we've ever been. " - Jim Hartung - Nebraska, Lincoln Journal , 4-3 -81 TEAM COMPETITION -


"Nebraska rolled up a record optional team score ... to pull away from the 10-team field. " - Ken Hambleton, Lincoln Star, 4-4-8 1 "UCLA bounced back the loss of all-around freshman Tim Daggett, who dislocated his ankle at the end of his floor exercise routine, the second event of the night for the Bruins." - Hambleton, Lincoln star ''You can't substitute once you start, so we had to count all our scores, and our kids just picked it up and gave the greatest performance in UCLA gymnastics history. " - Art Shurlock - UCLA, Lincoln Star, 4 -4-81 " It's tough to compete here in Nebraska because they have great fan support and always have momentum_ \Ve're going to give Nebraska one heck of a battle (in Team Finals)." - Bart Conner - Oklahoma, press conference, 4-3-81

Nissen Award winner Bart Conner.


"It's always very close betweenJim and I ... tonight it just \vent his way" Conner, press conference, 4 -3-81

"1 was pleased with everything, The pommel horse routines were my best ever ... I'm so proud to be in ; finals tomorrow. " - Ron Galimore - Iowa State ( 4th AA), press conference, 4-3-8 I


"Tomorrow everybody has to start from scratch, it's just like a triangular, and very psychological, everybody is pretty much drained. " - Allen, press conference, 4-3-8 1

" It's the best I've done (58~25) ... It's not that hard to get motivated i" front of 11 ,000 Nebraska gymnastics fans. " - Hartung, Omaha World-Herald , 4·5-81


"Ron Galimore (1st ): full twisting tsukallara, layed out as usual stuck, with great height, unquestionably the best vau lt of the night , from the greatest vaulter in the world, 10.00!! Ron received a standing ovation, winning his third title . .. It is certainly appropriate that this great athlete and gentleman receive the first 10.00 in the 39 years of th e NCAA competition." - Biesterfeldt, IG


"CallOy let his emotions fl y after completing his high bar routine. He took off in an excited run with his fingers held high to signal the Huskers were the nation's No.1 team again. " - Steve Sinclair, Omaha World-Herald , 4-5 -81 "(Chuck) Chmelka did a great job." "Steve (Elliott)went out and broke it for us. " "(Scott Johnson ) is a great young gymnast. " - All e n, Omaha World-Herald "They are a great team. We thought we put on a great performance and they beat us. I would never not recognize and compliment excellence." - Paul Ziert - Oklahoma, Omaha World-Herald, 4-5·8 1


"NCAA GYM MEET TOPS CROWD MARK" "Lincoln - Attendence records were set for tile NCAA Gymnastics Championships Saturday with a crowd of 11 , I 72 at the evening individ ual finals and 8 ,572 at the afternoon team finals. The total attendance for the three-day meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center was a record·setting 28,41 7. The previous record was 22,405." Omaha World-Herald Bureau l1SGF GYMNASTICS


"Oklahoma's Bart Conner has been named winne r of the 1981 Nissen Award , the National Association of College Gym nastics Coaches-Men announced. Co nn er recieved the most coveted award in men's gymnastics at a banquet in Lincoln. A panel of college coaches and judges selected Conne r to recieve the award after judging him in three catagories - gymnastics accomplishme nt, sportsmanship , and scholarship ." - Lincoln Star, 4-2-8 1


1. Nebraska








c 45.50 48.00 46.20 46.75 46.65 47AO 280 .50 047.65 47.70 47.80 47.30 47A5 48.05 285.95

8. Johnson (Nebraska) c 9.05 9.50 o 9AO 9.50

9.50 9.60

9. Meeker (Minnesota) c 9.20 9.35 09.60 >8.80


10. Stout (Oklahoma)

c 9.35 9AO o 9AO 9.60


9.65 55.90 9.55 56 .55


9AO 9.50 9AO 9.50 9AO

9.40 56 .25 9.60 55 .80


8.80 8.10

9.65 55.95 9.75 55 .75

11 1 70

8.80 9.10

9.05 9.35

9.70 9.55

11 . Lyons (Iowa State) 11 0.35; 11 . Chmelka (Nebraska) 11 0 .35 ; 13. Ray (Minnesota) 110.25 ; 14. Spivey (UCLA) 109AO ; 14. Biespiel (Oklahoma) 109AO ; 16. Crumley (Oregon) 108.95 ; 17. Caso (UCLA) 108.90; 18. Price, Dan (Minnesota) 108.70; 19. Aguero (Oklahoma) 108 .35; 20. Smidl, Doug (Iowa State) 108.30; 21 . Marino (Penn State) 108.20 ; 22. Moyal (Oregon) 107.80 ; 23. Hardin (Iowa State) 107.35; 24. Forster (Penn State) 107.00; 25. Antoniolli (S . Conneoticut) 105.70; 26. Samsten (Illinois) 105.50 ; 27. Beasom (Arizona State) 105.40; 28. Kennedy (N. Illinois) 105.25; 29. Avery (Temple) 105.10; 30. Simon , Gregg (Penn State) 105.00 ; 31 . Prady (New Mexico) 104 .70; 32. McMurchi (Illinois) 104.65; 33. Besong, Pat (Penn State) 104.35 ; 34. Cazares (Louisiana State) 103.60; 35. Garland (Oregon) 103.50; 36. Sanches (Illinois) 102AO ; 37. Racanelli (Ohio State) 101 .80 ; 38. Maltby (Arizona State) 101 .75 ; 39. Carraher (Ohio State) 101 .60 ; 40. Baley (Ohio State) 101.55; 41 . Mitchel (Illinois) 101 .30.


INDIVIDUAL FINALS c 46.90 46.25 46.50 46.20 46.30 47.70 279.85 046.75 47.20 45.90 46.75 47.70 47.90 282.20

2 2

c 45.55 46.50 47.25 46.90 45AO 47.00 278.60 046.7046.9546 .5546 .80 46A5 47.65 281 .10

3 3

559 .70

c 45.10 47.10 46.30 46.30 46.10 46.05 276.95

o 45.90 47.00 47AO 47.00 46.15 46.20 279.65

4 4

556 .50

c 42.7043.2546.1044.7043.5046.00 266.25 046.8043.7046. 1046.2547.3546.80 277.00

5 5


c 42A5 45.60 44.70 44.35 42.65 42.60 262.35 f) 45.1045.9045.00 46AO 44.75 44AO 271.55

6 7

533 .90

7. Ari zona State c 42.30 41 .60 43AO 45.35 43AO 43.65 259.70 045 .70 42A5 45.75 46.75 45.15 45.95 271.75

8 6

531 .75

c 40.60 41.80 45.30 45.80 43 .50 44.05 261.05 044.1043.7046.2045.8542.6546.25 268.75

7 8

529 .80

c 41 .75 44.00 43.20 44.15 39.75 43A5 256.30


2. Oklahoma


4. Iowa State

5. Oregon

,6. Penn State

8. Illinois

9. Ohio State

562 .05 1. 2. 3. 3. 3. 6. 7. 7.

FLOO R EXERCISE Yuhashi (Oregon) Hartung (Nebraska) Caso (UCLA) Conner (Oklahoma) Galimore (Iowa State) Vidmar (UCLA) Biespiel (Oklahoma) Meeker (Minnesota)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5. 7. 8.

VA ULT Galimore (Iowa State) Shields (Cortland) ' Wickstrom , Randy (Cal-Berk) Caso (UCLA) Gaylord (UCLA) Spallina (Arizona) Hartung (Nebraska) Mikus (Nebraska)

1. 1. 3. 4. 4. 6. 7. 8.

POM MEL HORSE Jennings (New Mexico) Bergman (Cal-Berk) Hartung (Nebraska) Stanley (Penn State) Krause (Iowa State) Hibbitts (Nebraska) Vidmar (UCLA) Conner (Oklahoma)

1. 1. 1. 4. 5. 6. 6. 8.

PARALLEL BARS Cahoy (Nebraska) Hartung (Nebraska) Vidmar (UCLA) Conner (Oklahoma) Stout (Oklahoma) Galimore (Iowa State) Ray (Oshkosh) Babcock (S . Illinois)

1. 2. 3. 3. 3. 6. 6. 8.

RJNGS Hartung (Nebraska) Johnson, Scott (Nebraska) Conner (Oklahoma) Galimore (Iowa State) Schwartz (Oregon) Vidmar (UCLA) Schechtman (Arizona) Lyons (Iowa State)

9.90 9.75 9.70 9.70 9.70 9.60 9.60 9.50

1. 2. 2. 2. 5. 6. 7. 8.

HORIZONTAL BAR Cahoy (Nebraska) Hartung (Nebraska) Conner (Oklahoma) Babcock (S. Illinois) Stout (Oklahoma) Johnson (Nebraska) Galimore (Iowa State) Gaylord (Iowa State)

9.90 9.80 9.80 9.80 9.75 9.70 9.55 9.30

9.90 9.80 9.70 9.70 9.70 9.55

9A5 9.45

10.00 9.90 9.80 9.70 9.60 9.60 9.55 9.50

o 45.20 42.90 44.70 45.65 43 .00 45.65 267.10 10 523 .40 10. Cal-State Fullerton

c 36A5 39 .90 41 AO 44AO 33.60 36.55 232.30 10 044.85 44.25 44 .25 45.65 43.05 43.35 267AO 9

1981 NCAA TEAM COMPETITION TEAM 1. Nebraska 2. Oklahoma 3. UCLA

FX 47.85 47.10


PH R 47.05 44.55 46.95 46.30 46.30 47.05

V 47.15 47.50 47.75


FINALS PB 46.90 47.05 45.20

HB 48.10 47.05 47.80

TOTAL 284.600 281 .950 280.500





1. Hartung (Nebraska) c 9.60 9.85 09.65 9.70

9.60 9.75

9.50 9.50

9.50 9.75

9.75 57.80 9.75 58.10


2. Conner (Oklahoma) c 9.75 9.80 09.60 9.80

9.70 9.65



9.35 9.85

9.70 57.60 9.90 58.25


3. Vidmar (UCLA)

c 9A5 9.70 o 9AO 9.80

9.55 9.55

9.35 9.30

9.50 9.85

9.65 57 .20 9.50 57AO


4. Galimore (Iowa State) c 9.70 9.20 09.65 9AO

9.30 9.70





9.60 56.85 9.60 57 .65


5. Cahoy (Nebraska)





9.35 9.50

9.55 56AO 9.70 57.25






9.55 55 .95 9.70 56 .75



c 9.20 9.35 09.55 9.65

9AO 9A5


7. Babcock (S . Illinois) c 8.95 9AO 09.25 9.60

9.15 9.55



9.70 9.70 9.70 9.60 9.50

9A5 9A5 9.10


9.65 56.90 9.80 56.90

9.20 9.55

6. Gaylord (UCLA)


9.65 9.65

c 9.30 9.85 o 9A5 9.05

9.85 9.85 9.80 9.65 9.65 9.35 9.20 9.00


1981 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS June 4,5 & 6 OLYMPIC BOUND 1984 was the theme for the 9th National MRG Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma June 4 , 5, and 6th , 1981. 40 gymnasts from 8 states and 11 teams qualified through sanctioned USGF Regional Competition to compete· at the Nationals on the Tulsa University campus. Preliminaries were held Thursday and Friday with Juniors and Seniors performing two events each day in international order Rope, H09P, Clubs, and Ribbon. Event Finals were Saturday night followed by awards presented by distinguished guests from the USGF office, Mr. Scott Crouse, National Program Director for Women and Ed Zimmer US Olympic Committee Gymnastic Coordinator. SENIOR COMPETITION - SUE SOFFE, from Agoura was crowned Senior National Champion for the sixth time. Sue is coached by Romanian Ileana Iosif who recently moved to the USA from Holland where Sue trained off and on for the past three years. At 21 , Miss Soffe is just realizing her full potential in Rhythmic Gymnastics with dreams and goals that point to the 1984 Olympic Games. A seasoned champion who has competed around the world is respected at international meets and has been recognized by Dr. Josef Goehlers' International Report as being exciting and a top performer. Several times Sue has qualified for finals and is the first USA gymnast to win a medal in international competition. Lydia Bree Crabtree finished 2nd All-Around and is Senior Event Champion in Rope, Hoop , and Ribbon. She combined elegance with international experience which added up to championship performances. Mrs. Crabtree was a Group Team member at the World Championships in London, and as an individual competed in France, Bulgaria, and Brazil. At 22, Lydia is truly a model competitor for the younger US gymnasts. Valerie Zimring 16, and Michelle Berube 15 , were 3rd and 4 th respectively with only .05 separating these two exciting young gymnasts. Valerie , a member of the Los Angeles Lights team has competed in Brazil, Czechoslavakia, France, and Bulgaria this year. She shared the first place with Lydia Crabtree in the Rope event and was 2nd in Hoop and 3rd in Ribbon. Michelle Berube, a former student of Marina Davidovich who moved to Florida, is training with Dr. Ziniada Mironov coach of the Detroit Metro Gymnasts both Soviet Master of Sport recipients. Miss Berube has flourished under these great teachers, with 1981 being her 4th National Championship and first as a Senior. Most people expected her to be Junior National Champion for the last two years but it didn't happen. Finally this year, she put it together for a 4th place senior finish and the start of a great future. Wendy Hilliard turned in consistent performances making finals in all events that can only be described as dazzaling! Selina Woolery is also a Los Angeles Light and former Junior National Champion. Her expressiveness contributed to her sixth place finish in the Senior Division but she also gained valuable experience competing as alternate in France and Bulgaria and has a very skillful club routine with a third place award. Three of our top three Seniors suffered ankle injuries. Sandi Shannon a National Team member for the last three years had to scratch only two days prior to Competition, Nancy Neufeld and National Team member competed with an ankle injury, and Kelly Zaloudek missed four months prior to Nationals due to ankle injury but came to perform in her home state of Oklahoma with great Club and Hoop routines. These are true champions. JUNIOR COMPETITION - 1981 National Junior Champion - Stacy Oversier, Los Angeles Lignt~.· Stacy won by having beautiful and consistent routines. Her teammate Lisa Aaronson was second All-Around and Junior Champion in Rope. Stacy swept the Junior Division by winning the Hoop; Club, and Ribbon event finals. Both girls are coached by Alia Svirskiy USA National Coach. Mrs. Svirskiy also has a Master of Sport from the So~1et Union and contributed to US RhythmiC program by training m y of the top gymnasts in the country. Her knowledge and energy is endless and she is helping to train American coaches too. Third All-Around was awarded to Oklahoma MRG Team member Holly Eitelman. She finished 2nd in Clubs and third in Rope event finals. She has planned triple turns in her routine and is the only one to do so. Her coach, Patti McCurry is the only American Coach with gymnasts on the National Team. She 'was selected to coach a USA team in Czechoslavakia in March of 1981. Ursula Watkins from Detroit Metro was fourth . in the Junior division. She is also a National Team member who qualified for the National Sports Festival. 14


Tulsa, June 1981

It is very encouraging to have so many new people wanting to learn more about MRG. Coaches, Judges, and Gymnasts from all over the country stayed after the National Championships for the National MRG Symposium on the Tulsa University campus. Louisiana, Texas, California, Oklahoma, New York, Arkansas, Michigan, and Nevada were represented. 1981-84 Compulsories were taught by the choreographers Kathy Brym-Monahan from Colorado taught Hoop, Candice Feinburg from Nevada taught Ball, Barbara Fester from California filled in for Dale Flansas by teaching Clubs, Patti McCurry from Oklahoma filled in for Nora Hitzel by teaching Rope, and Maureen Broderick from New York filled in for Maria Bakos and taught the without apparatus Class III. Alia Svirskiy was kind enough to teach the Class II Ribbon routine before her flight home Sunday morning. Heading up the Judging Lectures was Andrea Schmid the MRG National Chairman. Norma Zabka administered the National Judging test which 10 people took. Ileana Iosif coach of the National Champion Sue Soffe conducted an excellent class for the elite gymnasts. She covered optional composition, combinations, and choreography with Sue demonstrating.

MRG National Team Members Sue SoffeAcademy of MRG Lydia Crabtree Independent Valerie ZimringL.A. Lights Michelle Berube Detroit MetroWendy HilliardDetroit Metro Selina WooleryL.A. Lights Amy SchatzDetroit Metro Nancy Neufeld L.A. Lights Karen LyonDetroit Metro Kelly Zaloudek Oklahoma MRG Jennifer DuganOhio Karla Newell Detroit Metro Stacy Oversier L.A. Lights Lisa Aaronson L.A. Lights Holly Eiteiman Oklahoma MRG Ursula Watkins Detroit Metro Dana Watson Detroit Metro Beth Broderick Signal Hill Jayne Walsh Dance Works Daneille Williams Detroit Metro Laura Starr Detroit Metro Teresa Bruce Oregon Kim StilesL.A. Lights Cara Walker L.A. Lights

Ileana Iosif Alia Svirskiy AlIa Svirskiy Zina Mironov Zina Mironov AlIa Svirskiy Zina Mironov AlIa Svirskiy Zina Mironov Patti McCurry Diane Massad Zina Mironov AlIa Svirskiy AlIa Svirskiy Patti McCurry Zina Mironov Zina Mironov Maureen Broderick Kathy Miller Zina Mironov Zina Mironov Bev Bruce AlIa Svirskiy Alia Svirskiy



Sue Soffe Lydia Bree Crabtree Valerie Zimring Michelle Berube Wendy Hilliard Selina Woolery Amy Schatz Nancy Neufeld Karen Lyon Kelly Zaloudek Jennifer Dugan Karla Newell

36.95 36.00 35.75 35.70 35.15 34.55 33.95 33.55 33.25 32.85 32.85 Petition


Lydia Crabtree Valerie Zimring Sue Soffe

18.30 18.30 18.05


Lydia Crabtree Valerie Zimring Sue Soffe

18.35 18.20 18.10


Sue Soffe Lydia Crabtree Karen Lyon

18.05 17.75 17.45


Lydia Crabtree Sue Soffe Valerie Zimring

18.70 18.55 18.50


Three event w inner Ly dia Crabtree (abo ve) and all-aro und winner Sue Soffe (left).

Stacy Oversier Lisa Aaronson Holly Eitelman Ursula Watkins Dana Watson Beth Broderick Jayne Walsh

34.15 33.80 32.45 31 .55 31 .50 30.85 30.85


Lisa Aaronson Stacy Overseir Holly Eitelman

17.30 16.85 16.70


Stacy Overseir Lisa Aaronson Beth Broderick

17.45 17.10 15.80


Stacy Overseir Holly Eitelman Lisa Aaronson

16.85 16.45 16.45


17.40 Stacy Overseir 17.30 Lisa Aaronson 16.25 Ursula Watkins The Los Angeles Lights won the Team Group Honors with Detroit Metro Group Team Second .




AlA W Championships standout Lisa Shirk from the University of Pittsburgh, at right Utah 's Diane Ellingson

Floor event wilmer Penll State's Heidi Anderson and Utah 's Emily May





1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

University of Utah UCLA Cal State - Fullerton Penn State University Arizona State University University of Florida Oregon State University Oklahoma State University University of Southern California Brigham Young University Louisiana State University University of Pittsburgh University of Louisville Utah State University Ohio State University University of Missouri

145.65 144.10 141 .95 141 .80 141 .60 141 .35 141 .15 138.45 137.00 136.00 135.45 135.40 134.00 132.75 132.30 130.00


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5. 7. 8. 8. 10 .

Sharon Shapiro (UCLA) Lisa Shirk (U of Pittsburgh) Diane Dovas (UCLA) Megan McCunniff (U of Utah) Lynn McDonnell (U of Florida) Linda Kardos (U of Utah) Mary Ayotte (Oregon State U) Jeri Cameron (Arizona State U) Heidi Anderson (Penn State U) Nancy Jones (Cal State-Fullerton)

37.20 36.60 36.55 36.40 36.30 36.30 36.25 36.20 36.20 36.00


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Sharon Shapiro (UCLA) Kevn Mabrey (Oklahoma State) Kathy McMinn (University of Georgia) Leanne Hartsgrove (Fullerton) Jeri Cameron (Arizona State) Diane Dovas (UCLA) Linda Kardos (U of Utah) Lynn McDonnell (U of Florida)

18.875 18.675 18.600 18.450 18.400 18.350 18.300 18.275


1. 2. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Diane Dovas (UCLA) Jeri Cameron (Arizona State) Diane Ellingson (U of Utah) Lisa Shirk (U of Pittsburgh) Karen Martino (Fullerton) Linda Ludwig (San Diego State U) Shirley Wong (Arizona State U) Julie Goewey (Fullerton)

19.000 18.900 18.900 18.875 18.350 18.300 18.250 18.250

BEAM I. Laurie Carter (Oregon State U) Lynn McDonnell Megan McCunniff (U of Utah) Mary Ayotte (Oregon State U) Linda Kardos (U of Utah) Jan Shelley (Brigham Young U) Sharon Shapiro Shannon Coleman (U of Utah)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9.

18.800 18.450 18.350 18.300 18.050 18.200 17.850 17.200


1. 2. 3. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Heidi Anderson (Penn State U) Lisa Shirk (U of Pittsburgh) Suzy Kellems (USC) Diane Dovas (UCLA) Eileen Huck (U of Utah) Sharon Shapiro (UCLA) Megan McCunniff (U of Utah) Mary Ayotte (Oregon State U)

19.050 18.650 18.500 18.500 18.300 18.200 18.100 17.750

UCLA 's Sharon Shapiro won the ALA W all 路around t i tle for dle second y ear in a row. (insert) While awaiting dle scores, UCLA 's coach Jerry Tomlinson hugs Sharon after another fine p erformance.




By Jim Gault Chairman, USECA


Nat'l Academy of Artistic Gymnastics Parkettes Niagara Frontier MG Gymnastics Club Diablo Gym. Center Mar-Va-Teens 7. Brigettes 8. Acronauts 1.

The first USECA National Team Championships was conducted May 1- 2 at beautiful McKale Center on the campus at the University of Arizona. 15 member teams participated with over 90 gymnasts in attendance. Friday's competition was divided into two sessions by an open draw. After Friday's results were tabulated the top 8 teams were placed in Division I for Saturday's evening competition. The 7 lower scoring teams were placed in Division II for a separate team competition on Saturday afternoon. Thus, every team was able to compete and receive a team award in their respective divisions and each competing gymnast received a specially designed USECA National Championship medal. The all-around team competition was marked by many excellently performed routines. It is difficult to remember when so many gymnasts "hit" so many good routines in two days of optional competition. Successful double backs on floor, handspring front and layout Tsuk vaults, Stalders and giant swings, multiple tumbling skills with some somersaults and double twists off beam, are now common occurances in advanced level meets. It is a thrill to be a part of the continuing evolution of this fantastic sport so aptly portrayed at the USECA National Team Championships. The highlight of the entire competition was, without question, the presentation of this country's first national group routine championships. Each team, at the conclusion of Saturday's sessions, performed their own unique and original compositions, combining dance, tumbling, and a variety of unusual antics with special props, costumes, music, etc. All 8 judges participated in scoring the routines on the following scale: Contents: Music = .5, Originality = 1.0, Combination & difficulty = 2.5, Execution = 4.0, Presentation = 2.0. The top three teams from the afternoon session went into the finals joining the 8 teams from Division 1. The group routine finals were held immediately following the all-around team competition on Saturday evening. A thrilling performance by the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics brought an unbelievable total of 8 perfect scores from the judges and a standing ovation from the very appreciative audience. Linda Methany outdid herself in designing a dance/tumbling "gypsy theme" routine with colorful costumes, streamers and scarves. The Academy gymnasts worked with practiced precision and obvious enjoyment to the delight of those fortunate enough to be there. "Superman" was the theme for the 2nd place performance by the Diablo Gymnastics Club with the "bad guys" finally losing out to the super heros. The gymnastic styled Superman costumes and Laura Valladao's unique story-line choreography combined for an exciting routine. Only .4 of a point behind in 3rd place was the team from the Gymnastics Olympica. Their all-black costumes with white fringe down the side certainly added to the precise dance routine excellently choreographed by Tamara Biggs. The National Academy , sparked by the 38.50 all-around performance of Tracee Talavera, easily won the gymnastics team chmpionship with an impressive total of 186.80. With four members of their team scoring 37.00 or better (McNamara -37.60, Goldsmith -37.40, Mordre -37.00) they outdistanced the 2nd place Parkettes by 3.80 points. The parkettes, led by Gina Stallone's 37.45 nailed down 2nd at 183.00 . 3rd place went to Niagara Frontier with 181.35 and 4th to the MG Gymnastics Club with a total of 180.80 . These top 4 teams averaged 9.00 or better for their top 5 scores in each event. The next 4 teams averaged 8.75 or better which means there was some very high level gymnastics in this competition. This event will be scheduled again next year at approximately the same time and again hosted at the University of Arizona. Our thanks and appreciation to the administrative staff of the U of A's Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Department, to Nissen Corporation for furnishing the equipment, and to the coaches, gymnasts, and judges whose cooperation and congeniality made this event a most pleasant and memorable experience. 18

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

186.80 183.00 181 .35 180.80 176.70 176.30 175.20 175.05

ALL-AROUND 1. 2. 3. 4. 6.

Tracee Talavera (Nat'l Academy) Julianne McNamara (Nat'l Academy) Gina Stallone (Parkettes) Nancy Goldsmith (Nat'l Academy) Shari Mann (MG Gymnastics Club) Karen McMullin (Diablo Gym. Club)

38.50 37.60 37.45 37.40 37.40 37.30


Nat'l Academy Diablo Gym. Club Diablo Gym. Club Gymnastics Olympica Acronauts Parkettes Niagara Frontier 7. Bridgettes + 8. The Gymnastics Co. + 9. Mid-America Twisters 10. MG Gymnastics Club 11. Mar-Va-Teens 1.

60.00 54.60 54.60 54.20 49.70 48.90 48.20 48.00 47.80 46.20 45.70 44.40

2. 2. + 3. 4. 5. 6.

+ Top three teams from afternoon session ' Scores do not count toward team totals/standings. DIVISION II TEAM STANDINGS 1.


3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

Mid-America Twisters Gymnastics Olympica Greater Omaha Gym. Gems The Gymnastics Co. Gymiami Arizona Twisters Almaden Valley

174.65 170.80 170.55 169.15 167.55 165.35

No score


2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Amy Koopman (Mid-America Twisters) Lynn Lederer (Grtr. Omaha Gym. Gems~ Marie Phillips (The Gymnastics Co.) Cathy Reinhardt (Grtr. Omaha) Sandy Sobotka (Mid-America) Leeann Mykytyn (Arizona Twisters)

37.50 36.40 36.30 36.20 35.60 35.45

GROUP EXHIBITION ROUTINES' 1. Gymnastics Olympica 53.20 2. The Gymnastics Co. 50.10 3. Mid-America Twisters 46.20 4. Arizona Twisters 44.80 5. Gymiami 44.60 6. Almaden Valley 43.50 7. Greater Omaha Gym. Gems 42 .30 'Scores do not count toward team totals/standings.






INTERNATIONAL GERMAN CUP in Wiesbaden & Ingellieim, West Germany May 30 . jl, 1981 by Abie Grossfeld

The first International German Turner Association Cup in Artist ic Gymnastics was in Wiesbaden (the all -around and team) on Saturday, and in Ingelheim (the event finals) on Sunday. Each nation brought three gymnasts and all their scores were totaled for a team score. The United States group consisted of gymnasts Mitch Gaylord, Scott Johnson and Peter Vidmar, coach Ab ie Grossfeld and judge Ted Muzyczko. Sixteen countries took part in the compet it ion. The hosts, West Germany, took the liberty of entering two teams - "A" and "B". The countries were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of Italy, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Luxemburg, Greece and Germany "B" and started competing at I :30 p.m. The second group, consisting of the stronger teams, included the USA, Germany "A", Hungary, Rumania, France, Bulgaria, Spain and Norway, started at 7 p .m. G~rmany "A" was paired with us which facilitated comparing their performances with ours. Approximately 2,000 spectators watched the competition which was nationally televised. COMPETITIVE PERFORMANCES: The first day's and the Finals scores were totaled to determine the event champions.

Scott johnson from Nebraska performed well in iJis first international competition.

FLOOR EXERCISE: Due to a rather hard, stiff area, Mitch and Scott chose not to do a full twisting double opening. Scott also had a discolored painful bruise by his great toe which he had received while warm ing up for vaU lting. Scott and Peter opened up with excell ent double pikes, wh ile all three of our gymnasts finished with good double tucks. Mitch had opened with a front somi step out rounrloff flip flop USGF GYMNASTICS




double tuck. We received the three highest scores the first day. Scott stuck, particularly well, both his doubles. Due to his foot injury, Scott was forced to scratch from finals which permitted MiLCh La compete in finals. (Only two gymnasts from anyone country were permitted in finals.) Since the finals were on a springy floor , Mitch did his usual tumbling passes: Ro ff full in, front somi ro double back, ro ff whip back ff double twist, and ro ff double back somi - 955 placed second. Peter performed more flawlessly than: all others for a 9. 7 and won. Both Hungarians in finalS tumbled very well. Guczoghy opened with a triple twist, came back with a double back and ended with a double lwist for a 9.6. Mokus opened with a roundoff full in double, came back with a triple twist and closed with a ro ff double tuck back (but touched in finals) , and his connections were sloppy - 9.35. The first day, for all-around and team , Gienger, handicapped by a noticeably torn calf muscle , opened with a low and under rotated double twist. He received a high score of 9.2. In Gienger's behalf, only his experience enabled him to make the landing. Winkler, Germany, opened with a good full-in double but on his double twist finish , fell back on his seat and rolled onto his back out of the area. With a minimum deduction of .6, his 9.25 seemed generous. POMMEL HORSE: Scott hit very well for a 9 .4 5. Mitch was off balance in the middle of his routine which caused him to brush the ho rse, thus he broke form on a couple of movements. On the positive side, Mitch fought real well and kept the routine going to salvage a 9.05. Peter performed his difficult rout ine well until the last reverse Magyar walk sequence. Being off balance on the outward pommel loop before the walk, Peter improvised well and did a front in immediate back stockli, front vau lt dismount - 9. 4 . The German team hit real well with Winlder being the cleanest but easiest routine of their team - 9.6. Gienger was a little off the first day and definitely had an off balance causing brushes and slight knce bend in finals. His scores were inflated at 9.85 and 9.8 resprectively. Guczoghy, the current European Champion, received 9.9 both days and won pommel horse. One part of his final routine was rough - few brushes - so 9.9 was high. However, they had given 9.8 to Gienger who was not as good. Donath, Hungary, hit clean and had enough difficulty to warrant the highest score, but he too got a 9.8. Pettersen, Norway, hit the cleanest routine of aU finalists and with his one spindle sequence, shou ld have been ahead of Gienger in finals - 9.8. Guczoghy starts off with a side traveling spind le to two other sp indle movements and ends up with a Magyar walk. Obviously, he has excellent difficul ty but his swing does not quite have the amplitude of Magyar's or the Chinese gymnast , Li Xiaoping, who won the Chunichi Cup last December. The French gymnasts, Def and Cairon, were excellent on horse. Both featured Magyar walks plus top behind the back work. RINGS: All our gymnasts held their strength parts. Good work, coaches. Johnson was the class of the meet on rings. Scott's locked arm free swings to handstands, his superior power and strength and his very strong full twisting double dismount manifested his superiority. Sco tt received 9.75 both days. The superior judge later indicated that Scott was truly a world class performer on rings and thilt he had given him 9.9 Vidmar did an espec ially good routine in finals and shou ld have clearly taken second. Peter's handstands were stiller, his held part was longer and his dismount was more secure than Gienger's. Peter was scored 9. 7 and Gienger 9.6 in finals (too high). Gaylord's routine contained both a well held planch and cross. He did not seem to be hilly adjusted to the rings and unfortunately , one of his handstands was quite short. Otherwise, his routine was very good- 9.5. Gienger worked good rings but his cross out of his whippet (Honma) while exec ut ed well , was short. His strength hold and press were noticeably the best of the Germans - even though his hollowback press was a bit of a struggle of the handstand - 9. 7. His handstands were considerably shakier and his cross shorter in finals - 9.6. Winkler swings nicely, but his cross is very high and short and his press is really a swing to handstand- 9.55. Gienger also swings well but his hold was very short and the press was pumpted fairly piked to a handstand. He received two generous 9 .7's. 19

Donath, a finalist in Montreal and Strasbourg and the first to use a double twisting double back off rings, did the most difficult routine. It included a whippet to straight arm swing handstand, straight arms both ways to handstands, a fast back roll handstand (a la free hip ) and a pi ked twisting double dismount. His strength part was short in duration. Bucurion, Rumania, swung w ell and smilled in his cross and L, but his handstands are not secure - they are short and unstretched. VAULTING: Scott did a good layed out Tsukah ara for a 9.5 5. He went off to the side a little. Mitch did an open tucked full twisting Tsuk the first day for a 9.7 5. In the finals he excellently perform ed both a piked full twisting Tsuk and a handspring tucked front V, twist so mi - his first in competition. Mitch placed second in vaulting. Peter did his usual excellent handspring piked front somi (9.8 5 in fin als) and a good tu cked full twisting Tsuk - his first in competition. Peter placed first - .025 ahead of Mitch. Both unqu estionably did the best vaults in the meet. Gienger did a handspring full twist for a 9.4 5. Winkler did a good piked full twisting Tsuk. PARALLEL BARS: Scott p erformed an excell ent 1 y. straddl ed fro nt somi hand catch into dip swing forward to Kato hop L turn but missed a grip and fell through the bars., He remounted w ith the Kato turn and concluded an otherwise well executed routine. He was most critically judged at 8.7 5. Mitch featured a back somi catch to a forward dip swing to reverse straddle cut and a straddled planch press to handstand. He was criti call y judged at 9.3 5. Peter's performance was extra perfect featu ring a Diomidov w ith an extra Y . turn . A protest changed 9.65 to 9.75. Later, the superio r judge informed me that he had given Peter 9. 8. Gienger h it very well but was no t as p e rfec t as Peter. Gie nger received a 9.85 . A point of note: Gienger was docked in the recent European Championships for not having an underbar "C" in the Finals. A protest decided to give him the credit for his cast catch to fro nt so mi catch combination. He w as also given "C" credit in these fin als. Cepoi, Rum ania, performed a unique combination: A back shoulder roll w ith a 1/ 2 turn ( turn around on upper part of back on one bar) immediately back uprise I;' turn into front somi catch . HORIZONTAL BAR: Scott performed very well but lacked the "big risk" part - 9.4. Peter missed his straddled fro nt catch (Jaeger) but otherwise p erform ed very well - 9. 1. This mishap eventurally proved to cost him the all -around title. Mitch performed his routine excellently w hich contained his unique 11/ 2 front somi over the bar catch (Gaylord ) and was given a 9. 7. After a protest his score w as raised to a 9.8. Mitch's routine also features a stoop on shoot hop to undergrip immediate stoop through to inverteds and a high virtuous full twisting double flyaway. In the fi nals, Mi tch perfo rmed last and needed a 9.85 to win. He received a 9.85. Gienger, one of the truly great high bar performers and former world champion and current European Champion as of a week, had rece ived a w ell deserved 9.9 just prior to Mitch. The previous day Gienger had had about a .3 mi shap , but his routin e was so tre mendous that no one questioned the 9.7. His routine: With overgrip shoot to handstand hop to undergrip , one front giant, Endo shoot, one front giant, forward fu ll pirouette to dislocate grip one arm giant, rise with di slocate grip and hop to other arm and front pirouette ( opposite normal direction ), one back giant, hop full turn over bar and catch into one arm back giant c ircle, then two arm giant to fl yaw ay I;' twist catch ( Gienger), kip change, one front giant, stoope through to in verted hop front pi rouette, giant, Stalder shoot, giant full in double flyaway. Donath, Hungary, a finalist in Montreal used three fast spins on one arm . A Ono turn to undergrip from inverteds, a Takemoto to a stradd le vault 1/ , turn and o ne other similar turn . Guczoghy, Hungary, uses both a front somi catch and a fl yaway V, twist catch. Winkler did a front somi full twist catch in fin als. To my knowledge this was the first time it was performed in competiti on. He also used a front piked catch. The twist sort of goes around the side, but was w ell appreciated by all. CONCLUDING STATEMENTS: The Germans and the Hungarians had th e ir best three gy mnasts and bo th had an exce ll ent co mpet iti o n, especially the Germans. Our gymnasts had four faults that cost a loss of two points. Thus the Germans beat us by 1.8 and took 1, 2 and 3 in aU-around, while we took 4, 6 and 9. Vidmar scored 57.30 to Gienger's 57. 75. Gaylord was at 57.00 and j ohnson scored 56.50. Now for a big if: If Peter had not fallen off high bar on his j aeger, he would have won the aU-around. Attending the competition, the boat ride and receptions w as the 1952 German Olympic gymnastics team w hich included the 1936 0 lytl1pi c


all-around champion, Alfred Schwartzmann . Schwartzmann was the firs t to perform the free hip handstand hop to undergrip, immed iate squat through shoot V, turn to handstand ( I;' Take mo to) w hich he did at th e 1952 Olympic Games and won the silver medal w hen he was 40 years old. He also is credited w ith originating the hect dismount from high bar. It was a pleasure talking with Herr Schwartzmann and having him tell me how much he enjoyed watching our gymnasts. He lmut Bantz, also a former Olympic champ ion, told us that we were most innovative and wonderful. Our gymnasts performances were really apprec iated as indicated by the impression of some very knowledgeabl e people. With a maximum of two gymnasts from anyone country permitted in finals, our dominance was shown by w inning 5 out of 6 eve nts along w ith 3 second. Vidm ar won fl oor exercise and vaulting w ith Gaylord p lacing second in both these events. j ohnson w on the rings wi th Vidmar placing second. Vidmar won his thi rd event-parallel bars and Gaylord won high bar. The accomplishments of our young gymnasts would have done any of us proud . After fin als, the Ge rmans were astonished . Our free, clean, innovative and risky perform ances were reasons given in German newspapers fo r 0 1' - new found world status. . Ted Myzyczko was m _ helpful and did a treme ndous job. Before the competitio n, th e meet director did not have Ted listed as a superior judge. Ted feeling that he would have a greater impact as a superior judge asserted himself hus, he was superior judge in vaulting the first day and was superior Judge on both fl oor exercise and vaulting in Finals. It seems that one arm skills open a ne\v realm of poss ibilities on high b ar and w ill und o ubt e dly b e a so u rce fo r futu re top hi gh b ar performances. In order to fac ilitate a more secure grip for one arm skills, dowels w ill have to be used. So start learning how to work w ith the dowels. A key concern is to not get the handgrip caught on the bar. A prope rly fitting grip w ith not too large a dow el and constant tension on the grip , rather than to allow the grip to become slack, should help alleviate the grip getting caught. In closing, the competition and extra activities were we ll organized and conducted . The experience was most product ive and benefi cial.

GOLDEN SANDS INTERNATIONA L GYMNASTIC COMPETITION Varna, Bulgaria June 5, 6, 1981 B y Sandy Thielz, U SA Judge

The U SA delegat ion composed of gymnasts Tracee Talaver a and Julia nne McNamara, Mi zo M izogu chi a nd m yself left on June 1 for Va rna, Bulgaria to tak e pa r t in the XI Golden Sands Gymnastics Meet. Our hotel w a s in t he resort a r ea known as th e " Golden Sa nds". The weather was warm and sunny; t h e country a nd t h e sea wer e b eautiful. On Thursday morning, June 4 , we tr aveled t o the competit ion site to t rain . The competitive flo or was sm a ll , with a ll Reu t h er equipmen t , a nd very lit tle seating capacity . Our warm ups wen t smoothly a nd Tracee and Julia nne look ed sh a rp a nd r eady to compete. I was h ead judge in t h e vault. In vault prelimin aries t h ere were 15 h a ndspring front tuck vaults per form ed , th e b est on e bein g Tracee's even though her score was a 9.20. Other vaults performed wer e six T skahara t u ck vaults, 15 T sk a h a r a layouts, 20 Tskahara pike vaults, 8 Tsk a h ara t u ck wit h full twist vaults , 4 h a ndspr ing full twists, 2 handspr ing fr on t t u ck w it h '/2 twist (McNa m a r a a nd T a lavera from t h e USA) , 1 handspring fro n t pike with 1/2 t wist (McNa m ara - US A), 1 h a ndspring, 1 yam ashita, a nd a full on-full off. The only uncommon vault was Ma rinova from Bulgaria who per formed a good handspring V2 t urn back saito and r ece ived a 9.50 aver age. This wa s a good vault w it h a sli gh t landing problem a nd a li ttl e di re ct ion a l err or . In ge n era l t h e Bulga ri a n s an d the American s wer e t h e best vaulter s a nd sh owed t he m ost fli gh t a nd dy namics. Ther e were 6 falls in the vault. The only gymnasts in t h e prelimin ary competiti on to p erform tw o differe n t va ults wer e Julia nne a nd Tracee. Julia nne fell on h er second v ault (h a ndspring front pike with 1/ 2 t w ist), but she a nd Tr acee executed excellen t first vaults . T h e top s ix a ll-a r ou n d places were awarded to a ll Bulgaria n gymn asts. Tra cee pl aced 9th w it h a 36.85 whil e Julia n ne t ied for 7th wit h a 37 .15. Becau se Tracee a nd Juli a nne were sch edul ed to compete in vaul t fin a ls, Juli a nne in th e ba r final s , Tra cee in beam fina ls, and both T racee a nd Julia nne in fl oor fin a ls , I was not allowed to j udge due USGF GYMNASTICS

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The Spanish gymnast and the Soviet gymnast both received deductions for performing "B" vaults in the Finals. These vaults were Tskahara piked and a handspring full twist. In general, vaulting was adequate, certainly not spectacular, with very few unusual or innovative vaults. In preliminary bar competition the Americans were the first two gymnasts to compete. This held true again for finals for Julianne . She was the second gymnast to compete and her score flashed as a 9.75. We noticed later however, that it had been changed to 9.95! Her routine was flawless with great swing and the most interesting routine with excellent technique. It was by far and away the best executed routine of the entire competition. Everyone, including the crowd, other coaches, judges, and gymnasts felt that Julianne deserved the gold medal. She placed second due to a 9.20 which carried over from preliminaries. Julianne made quite an impression on everyone connected with the competition. I felt this was good exposure for her prior to the World Championships in November. There were few good routines in finals on bars. The German gymnast performed a sole circle 1'/2 turns and a hecht back saito dismount; however she executed poor casts and very poor kips. The Korean gymnasts showed stock routines with poor kip technique, while Strijina (USSR) fell on her front saito on the high bar. She did perform a clear hip handstand with a full turn after the handstand. Marivona (Bulgaria), the winner of the gold medal , performed a Kriesel and a hecht back saito dismount. Her casts and stalder circles were with bent arms and an arched body. We found it difficult to believe she scored higher than Julianne. Tracee represented the USA in beam finals with a good routine. She performed an excellent mount (double leg circle), her "Thomas Flair" was also good. She had a small balance problem on the aerial cartwheel, but recovered well and went OD to perform her three back handsprings in a row. Tracee received a 9.55 and placed third. I had the priviledge of awarding the medals to the beam winners and it was a marvelous pleasure to place the medal around Tracee's neck! A job well done! On beam there were only a few unusual elements performed: Barta (Hungary) performed a Diamadov, Strijina (USSR) did a USGF GYMNASTICS

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round off to a full twist la yout on the beam , and Topalova (Bulgaria) executed a one arm flip-flop. There were five falls during the beam finals , three of these falls by Munos of Spain. She was the smallest and the cutest gymnast in the meet (approximately 3'10") and became everyone's favorite .

RESULTS GOLDEN SANDS INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTIC COMPETITION Varna, Bu lgaria June 5, 6, 1981 ALL AROUND 1. Marinova 2. Topalova 3. Trayanova 4. Markova 5. Demi reva 5. Grantcharova 7. McNamara 7. Strijina 9. Talavera 10. Munos

VAULT 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Marinova Demireva VI ad au Tchue Jong Sil Talavera Martinko



38 .65 38.30 37 .90 37.40 37.35 37.35 37 .15 37 .1 5 36.85 36.75

Preliminary Final Score Score



9.50 9.55 9.20 9. 10 9.20 9.25

9.475 9 .200 9.450 9.350 9.100 9.125

18.975 18.750 18.650 18.450 18.300 18.375


9.65 9.20 9.50 9.20 9.25 9 .05

9.60 9.95 9.55 9.45 9.15 9.20

19.25 19 .1 5 19.05 18.65 18.40 18.25


9.75 9.70 9.35 9.30 9.15 9.20

9.70 9.60 9.55 9.40 9.35 9.25

19.45 19.30 18.90 18.70 18.50 18.45


9 .75 9.75 9.70 9.60 9.80 9.45 9.45

9.80 9.75 9.80 9.60 9.35 9.50 9.50

19.55 19.50 19.50 19.20 19.15 18.95 18.95

UNEVEN BARS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Marinova McNamara Topalova Vierbicki Tchue Mil Hiang Tchue Jong Sil


''julianne received an award for the most original floor exercise composition; an award well deserved.!.!. She made her double pike back, her front tllrouglJ to the double full, and her double full at the end. The crowd loved Julianne 's routine and she received a 9. 75 with one judge awarding her a 1O.0!"

During the floor exercise finals we saw many styles of performances, none which compared to the USA. After the competition, Julianne received an award for the most original floor exercise composition; an award well deserved. Every routine was performed to orchestrated music, many using American music. Martinkova from Czechoslovakia performed a double tuck back twice in her routine, but did no front tumbling. Standt (GDR) did her routine to "West Side Story" and executed a double pike back, a double full, jump with a double turn, switch leg leap to a scale which was slightly low and finished with a side saito. Julianne showed great tumbling with excellent composition. She made her double pike back (the girls thought the Reuther spring floor was very hard), her front through to the double full, and her double full at the end. The crowd loved Julianne's routine and she received a 9.75 with one judge awarding her a 10.0! A triple full, the only one of the meet, was performed by Grantcharova of Bulgaria who executed a double back saito. Tracee's routine however, was the routine everyone will remember. She completed her double back saito, but her front saito through to a full twist and double twist at the end of the exercise were a little low. The judges awarded her a 9.80 average with one judge scoring a 9.9. The scores were in range, however the meet referee walked over, and began to tell the judges that Tracee was missing an element and her score was too high. At this point, Mizo and I began to explain to her that the scores were in range and that she was indeed not missing an element. This "discussion" lasted for about five minutes which angered the crowd who seemed to be in favor of the 9.80. Eventually the score stayed at a 9.80 average and Tracee and Julianne tied for second place in floor exercise. We experienced beautiful weather in Varna and enjoyed our two days at the beach. On Sunday the Bulgarian Federation invi ted us to their closing banquet. The USA was well represented by our gymnasts who did an excellent job. I was proud to be a part of this delegation and would like to thank the USGF for such a fine opportuni ty. 22

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Topalova Marinova Talavera Rebato Strijina Barta

FLOOR EXERCISE 1. 2. 2. 4. 5. 6. 6.

Grantcharova McNamara Talavera Strijina Marinova Martinkova Vierbicki

FRANCE -JUNE 12 - 17, 1981 ANTIBES - ORLEANS GYMNASTICS COMPETITIONS USA Gymnast: Sheri Mann MG's Silver Spring, Maryland USA Coach: Greg Wiess Delegation Leader and Judge: Sharon Weber Participating Nations: Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Great Britian, Hungary, Norway, Poland, China, Czechoslavakia, Switzerland, USSR, France, and USA. Results for USA: Sheri Mann won 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze General Impressions: Antibes - The hosting job at meet one was very warm and friendly. The gym was small, a little bit larger than a basketball court, extremely hot. Competition started at 9 PM, and the temperature was at least 90 degrees. Warm-up time was more than adequate. Opening ceremonies were artful , even exquiSite. Award presentations were very impreSSive. People at thi s meet seemed to be looking for good performances from the American. In finals , Shari got the on ly standing ovation of the meet - 9.85 on bars. The crowd was very receptive to USA. Orleans - The warm-up day for the second meet was also a travel day. The kids were dead. Performances improved, but scoring really seemed to drift. The competitive area was easily three times as large as the one in Antibes. Opening ceremonies were impressive, but the crowd didn 't seem nearly as friendly. By this time , the papers had written quite a bit about



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Shari , and many came to see her, Filatova, and Wu Wen-Li . By finals, many Americans in the area had heard of Shari and had come to spur her on . The finals crowd seemed like a pro-American crowd. Observations: Antibes The Chinese Girls, Wu Wen-Li and Zhou Xiahong, were thirteen years old and looked like they were nine or ten. In warm -ups after about twenty seconds of walking up and down the beam , Wu Wen-Li did a round-off double back, pike, dismount, nailed. Both Chinese girls spent about ftfteen minutes warming up beam. Their skills included round-off tuck on beam ; back dive to handstand, straddle down ; round-off full-rwisting back somersault on the beam, full-in double back dismount. These and limited balletic skills were warmed up in ftfteen minutes. The full on the beam was hit about 30% of the time. The full -in dismount was nailed every time, by Wu Wen-Li. On FX, the Cz girl, Labakova, warmed up double back pike (first pass), triple rwist (second pass ) , double back tuck (third pass ) on the floor. She also double back pikes off the beam , but not as easily as Wu Wen-Li . The Polish girl, Achmatow, does a hecht-back off bars well. She is 5' 5" and weighs about 110-115 pounds. Everyone seemed to have trouble with the b ar grip. Wu Wen-Li slipped off on stalders several times. The Chinese did very little warm-up o n bars. Most girls took light warm-ups. The Russians, French , Rumanians were to arrive later that day, June 11. On the morning of the meet, June 12, Carli eva of Russia and Filatova worked out quite extensively. Carlieva did a round-off full on the beam higher than Wu Wen-Li's, but just as inconsistent. Carli eva also did full-in double back on floor. Filatova warmed up lightly on floor, no double backs, spent a lot of time on beam, no big skills, and did scores of bent-knee, arch-back giants on bars. Their workout l ast ed 2 hours. All others stretched and worked out very lightly.





Wu Wen-Li


Zhou Xiahong Storczer

9.4 9.3

Carli eva Gale

9.3 8.8

double back pike ; full-fHull , weak; last pass - full. Score should have been an 8.9 Nailed double back tuck ; arabian step-out to double-full; last pass - double-full (high) . full-in , easy ; 1 V2 twist step-out to double-full ; last pass - double back pike. double back, tuck ; full ; double back, pike . double back, tuck ; two whip back passes to a tuck single and a pike single. double back tuck, 2 and % twister. double back to her stomach.

Observations during warm -ups and finals in Orleans In Orleans, warm-up sessions were much lighter, because the gymnasts were tired . The French added rwo new gymnast s, who were generally stronger than those in Antibes. Labakova warmed up at l east ftfteen times, giants to a reverse hecht going toward the low bar. She caught roughly 20% of them . Sh e modified her floor and mounted with round-off whip-back whip-back double full. Wu Wen-Li added an underswing-front with a 1 \/2 rwist dismount, which she made one out of ten times - in the meet. All other routines were similar to those ih Antibes. Though the above mentioned warm-ups suggested Labakova would use her reverse hecht, she didn't use it in the meet. One of the few changes in the meet was Filatova's flip-flop flip-flop double-full off beam , which she hadn't done in warm-ups at all. Co mpetition in both all-around and finals was surprisingly 路good , considering how tired the gymnasts were. They all came up for the meet.

Orleans Meet Results Afltibes Meet Results VAULT VAULT

Labakova (Cz) Labakova (Cz)

tsuk full


Carlieva (USSR)

tsuk full


Mann (USA) Wu Wen-Li (Ch)

full-on full-off tsuk full , tuck

9.4 9.4

Zhou Xiahong (Ch) Filatova (USSR) Gale (GB) Achmatow (Pol) Prado (Brazil) Gramatikova (Bul)

layout tsuk pike tsuk layout tsuk layout tsuk pike tsuk layout tsuk

9.2 9.t 9.2 9.1 9.0 8.7 8.3

Crooked going on , almost in pike, a bit short easily done, high open position, almost straight a bit short and close to horse stalls a little, not high really low, short good layout pretty high legs apart, short

Mann (USA) Hawco (Canada) Wu Wen-Li (Ch) Gale (GB) Filatova (USSR) Zhou Xiahong (Ch)

tsuk full


layout tsuk full-on full-off 1V. on % off full-on full-off pike tsuk layout tsuk tsuk full layout tsuk handspring-full pike tsuk handspring-front handspring-full layout tsuk

9.55 9.5 9.65 9.4 8.25 7.75 9.5 8.55 8.3 7.85 8.8 7.75 7.8



In this section, I will list the outstanding skills in each of the routines:



Filatova Labakova

9.5 9.5

Zhou Xiahong Labakova Filatova

9.55 9.5 9.3

Zhou Xiahong Mann Achmatow

9.4 9.1 8.9



Wu Wen-Li


Giants; big, stomach over type. Delchev. Back straddle to a handstand, Comaneci dismount, low. Archy giants, a stalled double flyaway. Extra free hip, toe-on half-out. Whip-it front flip, hecht-back, and she ran out of it. Both stalders on low bar, giants on high bar, slipped off on stalder on high bar.


9.5 9.15

Mann Labakova Carlieva

9.1 9.05 9.0

Wu Wen-Li


Storczer (Hung) Gale

7.2 6.95

Double back pike off, hit cold. From the side, front aerial mount to back ; layout, step-out; ff-ff-Iayout dismount; hit cold . Tight double twist dismount, hit. Hit. 2 falls . FF-Iayout, step-out ; double back dismount, cowboyed . Missed round-off full on beam . Did double back pike to her seat. 3 falls . 2 falls.

Wu Wen-Li


Mann Labakova

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triple twist; double back pike ; double back tuck.

Big steps on both vaults. Hands down, feet apart. Sit. low.

Hit cold. Stalder drop handstand, free hip to Brause ; free-hip hecht-back off high, nailed. Hit the routine; stuck her double. Hit. Giants; low Comaneci dismount. Hit. Giants to a Delchev; low Comaneci over the low for dismount. Hit the routine, but form breaks in spots.

Hit. Round-off full on beam ; full- in dismount done easily. Hit. Backwalkover-tuck; ff-ff; round-off double back dismount, big hop forward . Missed front aerial mount; back walkover-ffback layout shaky; ff-ff-double-full off dismount loose.


Wu Wen-Li






Mann Storczer

9.35 9.15

Zhou Xiahong




Low, fell off Forward roll out. Small step on each .


In this section , I will list number of falls and any unusual sequences: Zhou Xiahong Filatova .

both good vaults, layout tsuk had a stop.

Full-in ; 1 V2 twist through to double-full; third pass-double-back pike nailed. Round-off whip-back ff whip-back double-full ; double-full ; double-back dismount. Nice routine. Double-back pike ; alternate fulls; a loose double-full at the end . Stepped out on double back. No fall. Double-back tuck ; two whip-backs ff tuck ; whip-back ff layout. step-out. Sit on double-back, tuck ; tucked full; doubleback , pike , stuck in third pass.


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On May 23 and 24 the best male gymnasts in Europe met in Rome, Italy for the 1981 European Championships. The Soviet team of Makuz, Korol ev, and Tkatchev dominated the competition by taking first through third places in the all around arid winning several events. The competition took place in the Palazzo DelIo Sport which is one of the most impressive sports facilities anywhere.

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Tkatchev dominated the competition by winning the all¡around and several events.

The competition consists of three gymnasts per country and one alternate. There are no team scores. The performances were excellent. Some of the highlights of the competition included Korolev's (USSR) triple flyaway from the rings and his double layout somersault mount on floor exercise. The winner of pommel horse was Gyorgy Guczoghy of Hungary, said to be Magyar's protege'. His pommel horse work is a sight to behold as he does spindles on different parts of the horse and a Magyar travel. Vaulting was won by Bogdan Makuz (USSR) with a layout Tsukahara with a full twist. Makuz also won the parallel bars with 19.70 and included a 'double pike somersault dismount. The horizontal bar was contested to a tie for first place with Tkatchev (USSR) and Eberhard Geinger (GDR) sharing the meda l. Both routines were excellent but Geinger was the clear victor in my opinion. Geinger's routine co ntains a stem to California hop to immediate Endo Shoot, -if full twisting flyaway over the bar to catch with one arm to a one arm giant, and a full pirouette to a one arm eagle grip giant and hop out with a half turn. Score for each 19.80. The European Championships are very highly prized by the European gymnasts and represent one of the premiere contests of the competitive ),'ear. Look for these gymnasts in the upcoming World Championships and the 1984 Olympic games, most assuredly they will be there. EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHI PS - MEN Rome, Italy May 23 - 24, 1981 -FX PH R V PB Tkachev, Alex USSR 2 Kordlev, Juri USSR


The 1981 Women's European Championships took place on May 2nd and 3rd in Madrid, Spain. The competition proved to be an upset as the German Democratic Republic contingent lead by Maxi Gnauck bettered the Soviet and the Romanian squads to dominate the competition. Maxi Gnauck of the German Democratic Republic was the victor in the all around with 39.25. The second place medal went to Grigoras of Romania and third to Misnik of the USSR. The Soviet squad clearly faltered in the contest as each gymnast had at least one major break in her routines during prelim i naries and Bitcherove managed to hit only vaulting. Although they showed some very high caliber gymnastics they did not compete well and were forced down the gymnastics ladder. The German Democratic Republic squad had one fall on balance beam during the preliminaries and otherwise went through the competition flawlessly. The Romanian team shined in Grigoras but it appears that without their coach, Bela Karoly , they are lacking some leadership . The team consisted of Rodica Dunca and Emilia Eberle. Although Dunca did a very fine job Eberle looked weak and tired. She did not make finals on any event and was clearly struggling to get through training and competition. The Czechoslovakian team along with Bulgaria showed some real promise as they have improved markedly over their performances in Fort Worth in 1979. Some of the highlights of the competition included full ins on floor exercise from Grigoras (Roma nia), Gnauck (DDR), and Topelova (B ulgaria). Vaulting saw some interesting variations of handspring half turn to back somersaults and the layout Tsukahara with a full twist from Topelova. Balance beam showed a few interesting problems as Grigoras was deducted severely for stopping too long before tumbling elements and Ilienko from the Soviet Union did a split leap to immediate gainer back tuck by swinging the trailing leg forward at landing. Uneven bars saw a Tkatchev from a giant swing by Misnik (USSR) and Gnauck's beautiful technique as her Voronin vault now really looks like a Voronin vault. No ten point scores were given and the judging was fairer than usual. Maxi was flawless and clearly deserved the victory. There were no team scores kept so a team winner was not announced but we should be aware that the Europeans are getting much better and we should work hard accordingly. EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - WOME N Madrid, Spain May 2 - 3, 1981

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