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USA GYMNASTICS 1099 N . Meridian St., Suite 380 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Permit No. 6466 Indianapolis, Ind.

Official Magazine of the United States Gymnastics Federation

Vol. 15, No.4

July/August 1986

Inside This Issue Cover Story 18-29 The Psyche Was Right

By Mike Botkin

USGF Editorial Open The Olympics, Close The 5 Door Special Features Dodge Aids In USGF/State 6 Directors Meeting 16-17 Twins Share Identical Goal 30-31 Mending Broken Dreams

By Mike Jacki

By Kathleen M. Delano By Mike Botkin By Mike Botkin

Events 8-10 Johnson Outpaces Junior By Kathleen M. Delano AAers 12 Phillips, USA Shine At Canadian Classic By Cheryl Grace 14-15 Kirksey Dominates Class I By Bob Rikli 32-34 Respect Next On Phillips' 'To Do'List By Mike Botkin


On The Cover: Jennifer Sey, poised and confident, put to rest all questions about her injury capturing the women's all-around title in the 1986 McDonald's Championships of the USA . (Above) Tim Daggett came into this meet hungry and lean. His consistent performance allowed him to feast on his first all-around title. (USGF photos Š 1986, by Dave Black).

Departments 35-37 USGF Merchandising 38-42 National Office News 43 Bulletins 44 USGF Schedule Of Events

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Open The Olympics, Close The Door ith the ever changing rules posed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) , members of the 1988 Olympic team might be John, Larry, Wayne and Hope. And their last names could be McEnroe, Bird, Gretzky and Spivey! What is the difference between the four? Simply this; the first three are high paid professionals and Hope Spivey is not!


The IOC is in the process, once again, of trying to formulate the rules by which Olympic eligibility will be governed. The next meeting in October of this year may decide what the International Federations power will be to determine who competes in their sport. If the International Federations retail sole power over eligibility in their respective sport, we could have the beginning of an " Open Olympics." The International Basketball Federation is very interested in having the top U.S. professionals compete in the Olympic Games. The U.S.A. Basketball Federation is not. Since the Olympic movement is supported primarily in the U.S. by private donations, how anxious will the American public be to donate money to multi-millionaire professional athletes? Also, what can we expect from the professional players, their organizations and their agents? What about the continued discussions of over-commercialization of the games. If commercialization is a concern and if the pro's get in there, you haven't seen anything yet! There is a continued conflict with the state-supported athletes from the Soviet Union and Eastern Block countries. Although many consider these athletes professionals, there has been an acceptance of these individuals due USA Gymnastics

'The eligibility dilemma is a great problem, and the wrong direction could cause the demise of the modern Olympic Games.' to the fact that they only compete in the "amateur arenas." If this changes, so will amateur sport as we know it. The eligibility dilemma is a great problem, and the wrong direction could cause the demise of the modem Olympic Games. Professional athletes have their own arenas and their own forums in which to participate. The Olympic Games and the spirit of Olympism would be compromised to the point of non-existence should the professional athletes have the right to enter the games. There is already confusion in the sporting community over the concept of "amateurism." We surely do not need to erode the concept any further. It is important we all remember the reason we participate. First and foremost, it is for the love and enjoyment of sport. Only for this reason do the true benefits of one's participation become obvious and apparant. Qualities like self discipline, dedication, perseverence, humility and human understanding are best attained without the shadows that oftentimes plague professional sports. For this reason, it is our hope that the Olympic Games continue to offer the opportunity to those who are most interested for the simple reason of participation, rather than for the material concern for what that participation can provide. For the United States Gymnastics Federation, Mike Jacki Executive Director

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Publisher Mike Jacki Editor/Production Michael G. Botkin Consulting Editor Rich Kenney Education/Safety Editor Dr. Gerald George Event Consultant Cheryl Grace Rhythmic Consultant Becky Riti UNITED STATES GYMNASTICS FEDERATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS : Executive Director: Mike Jacki . Athlete Representatives: Lydia Bree; Peter Vidmar; Linda Kardos; Tom Beach; Kathy Johnson; Tim Daggett; Kelly Garrison. Amateur Athletic Union: Jerry Hardy. American Sokol Organization: Norma Zabka. American Turners: Harry Warnken . Members at Large: Linda Chencinski. NCAA Gymnastics CoachesMen: Fred Roethlisberger, University of Minnesota. NCAA Gymnastics Coaches-Women: Judi Avener, Penn State University . National Association for Girls and Women In Sports: Dr. Mimi Murray, Sprin~field College. National Association of Women s Gymnastics Judges: Dale Brown. NCAA: Sylvia Moore, Oregon State University; Gail Davis, Rhode Island College; Jerry Miles, clo NCAA; Wayne Young, Brigham Young University . NAIA: Bonnie Morrow . NHSGCA: John Brinkworth . National Federation of State High School Athletic Assoc.: Sharon Wilch; Susan True. National Jewish Welfare Board: Courtney Shanken . NJCAA: Dave Rowlands, Truman College. NGJA: Mike Milidonis . USAIGC: Ed Knepper. Men's Elite Coaches Assoc.: Jim Howard, UniverSity of Nebraska. USECA for Women: Roe Kreutzer; Steve Whitlock. Youn~ Men's Christian Assoc.: Cliff Lothery. Jr. Boy s Gym. Coaches Assoc.: Rich Boccia. President: Mike Donahue . EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President: Mike Donahue. Secretary: Judi Avener. Vice President: Jim Howard. Executive Director: Mike Jacki. FIG Technical Committee: Jackie Fie. FIG Rhythmic Technical Comm.: Andrea Schmid. FIG Men's Technical Committee: Bill Roetzheim . Vice President for Women: Sue Am merman. President Emeritus: Bud Wilkinson. Athlete Representatives: Kathy Johnson; Peter Vidmar; Larry Gerald . Members at Large: Mike Milidonis; Linda Chencinski.

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July/August 1986

Dodge Aids In USGF/State Directors Meeting

By Kathleen M. Delano

new educational channel was opened when the women's program state and regional director's traveled to Indianapolis-the home of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation office-for three days of meetings on topics ranging from the new insurance program to the new Dodge sponsorship. The first-ever meetings of the state directors and the USGF staff were the joint brainchild of USGF Executive Director Mike Jacki and Women's Program Committee Director Mary Ann Mahoney and were made possible by the monies received through the Dodge sponsorship of the Junior Olympic Program. The meetings met with such a positive response that plans are already in the works to repeat the event with the men's program state and regional directors in 1987. "It was a very beneficial meeting


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Championships of the USA tor meetings. The women had the opportunity to meet with the staff of the USGF and to tour lis office. The meeting was made possible throrh monies received through the Dodge sponsorship 0 the Junior Olympic Program. (USGF photo © 198 , by Mike Botkin).

In addition to meeting each of the USGF staff members at an Open House, the state directors learned more about the Dodge sponsorship and how to approach a local dealer for additional support. It was stressed that the dealer must be approached in a business-like fashion by pointing out the benefits of the involvement with a local gymnastics meet before asking for any sort of monetary support. In addition to the Dodge sponsorship, the state directors heard presen ta tions on fundraising through the merchandising department, athlete eligibility, the new safety certification program and the new membership and insurance program. "The meetings were very helpful to me, and I feel more confident that I will be able to handle the tasks ahead," sa id new Flordia State Director Toni Stoffle. "And I grea tly appreciated and enjoyed the hospitality." For long -time Michigan State Director Judy Feiheit, "Th e state and regional directors' meetings were excellent, and I feel a positive step was taken for the USGF program . I heard nothing but positive feelings from other state directors." USA Gymnastics



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At 1986 Junior Olympic Nationals

Johnson Outpaces Junior AAers By Kathleen M. Delano he Junior Olympic Nationals has traditionally been the meet where young, rising talent is first discovered . The top athletes at "JO's" have gone on to compete internationally, and in the case of the senior competition, have brilliant collegiate careers. This year's Junior Olympic Nationals in Boca Raton, Florida proved to be no exception. With 13-year-old Brandy Johnson from Brown's Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida, outpacing her closest competitor in the junior allaround by almost three full points, it seems a safe bet that the gymnastics community will see much more of her in the future . If Johnson has it her way, she will be seen in Seoul in 1988. "My goal is the 1988 Olympics," said Johnson, a seventh grader. "I'm training the elite compulsories this summer and I'm going to compete elite next year. I have most of the tricks."


the past year, Kevin Brown, explained the difference. "The difference is she was in a small club in Tallahassee and the training facility just wasn't there," Brown said. "Her first coach did a good job with basics, so once she got to a gym with pits, she started picking up the harder tricks. Also she's got an inner drive. All Olympic champions have that inner drive, and she's got it. " In addition to her all-around gold, Johnson took first place on three of the four individual events - vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. The only title Johnson didn't capture was won by Cara Lyons of Karolyi's Gymnatics, who scored 18.35 to win the gold on beam. In the 15-year-old and older senior competition, the caliber was just as high and included what will be the future collegiate stars. Of 11 graduating high school seniors competing in the three-day competition, all 11 will be attending college this fall on full athletic scholarships at Division I schools.

Winning the tight senior division was Kim Leslie of Gymnastics, Inc. After the compulsory round, only 1.20 points separated first-place Tricia Fortson of Karolyi's Gymnastics and tenth-place Leslie who had a 35.60 score. During the optional competition, Leslie scored a 36.65 for a total of 72.250. Fortson dropped to second place after having trouble vaulting and on balance beam. Two of Fortson's teammates from Karolyi's Gymnastics, Julie Ponstein and Gabby Zerbmoglio, rounded out the top four to make it a Region III sweep of the top four spots. "I knew I could win all-around because I made all of my routines," said Leslie, a 15-year-old. "I had the routines to do it. I felt a little pressure, but that makes me work harder and try harder to do a better job." Kim Leslie's sister Kristie was also in the competition. Kim says they're a lot alike as gymnasts. "I'm a little more aggressive than my sister," said Kim

After the first day of compulsory competition, the 4'8",80 pound gymnast finished in first place, .75 ahead of Amy Davis of Nebraska School of Gymnastics, 36.80 to 36.05. During optionals, Johnson added two full points to her lead as she eased to the all-around gold by scoring 74.30 . Davis dropped to fourth (71.00) after Karen Tierney of Great American Gymnastics (71. 70) and Suanna Wells of Karolyi' s Gymnastics (71. 30) jumped into the second and third spots. Last year, Johnson only made it as far as Eastern Nationals where she placed 14th and didn't qualify for JO Nationals . This year, she won the National Championship. Her coach of






Clark Vitulli, National Car Merchandising Manager for Dodge presents awards at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Boca Raton , Florida. Dodge is the sponsor of the Junior Olympic program . (USGF photo © 1986, by Kathleen M. Delano).


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July/August 1986 Juniors All-Around 1. Brandy Johnson Brown' s Gymnastics 74.300 2. Karen Tierney Great American Gym 71 .700 3. Suanna Wells Karolyi's Gymnastics 71.300 4. Amy Davis Nebraska Sch of Gym 71.000 5. Lajuanda Moody Arena Gymnastics 70.950 6. Niccole Young Great American 70.800 Gym 7. Jodi Owens Jenks Gym Queens 70.800 8. Anastasia King Karolyi' s Gymnastics 70.750 9. Andria Longeretta Valley Gymnastics 70.650 ,0. DeeAnn Smith American Twisters 70.400

Seniors All-Around 1. Kim Leslie Gymnastics Inc. 72.250 2. Tricia Fortson Karolyi's Gymnastics 72.050 3. Julie Ponstein Karolyi's Gymnastics 71.450 4. Gabby Zermoglio Karolyi's Gymnastics 71.300 5. Tanya Christie Nebraska Sch . of 71.200 Gym 6. Alison Bates Arena ~mnastics 71.050 7. Cari Prout ebraska Gold 71.000 Acad 8. Shea McFall Barna Bounders 70.800 9. Linda Pierce Northwest 70.650 Aerials 10. Karen Brennalt Interntl. Sch. of 70.650 Gym. Vault

Vault 1. Brandy Johnson

2. Lillian Brady 3. Anastasia King 4. Niccole Young 5. Andrea Dewey

Brown's Gymnastics 19.15 Artistic Gymnastics 18.85 Karolyi's Gymnastics 18.60 Great American Gym 18.525 Gym America 18.075

Uneven Bars 1. Brandy Johnson Brown's Gymnastics 18.80 2. Karen Tierney Great American Gym 18.15 3. Elizabeth Ellison Gymnats 18.05 4. Sherrie Miller Great American 18.05 Gym 5. Lajuanda Moody Arena Gymnastics 17. 95 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5.

Balance Beam Cara Lyons Karolyi' s Gymnastics 18.35 Suanna Wells Karolyi's Gymnastics 18.175 Margo Jones Karolyi's Gymnastics 18.15 Jennifer McKernan Eastern National Acd 18.05 DeeAnn Smith American Twisters 18.00 Chelle Stack Go Gymnastics 18.00

Floor Exercise 1. Brandy Johnson Brown's Gymnastics 18.675 2. Karen Tierney Great American m 18.25 Gili 3. Kelly Macy E 'te Gymnastics 18.125 4. Beth Wymer Sunrise Gym Academy 18.125 5. Anastasia King Karolyi's Gymnastics 18.05

1. Kim Leslie 2. Shea McFall 3. Stacey Harris 4. Melissa DePaoli 5. Yevette Clark 6. Kristi Leslie

Uneven Bars 1. Tricia Fortson Karolyi's Gymnastics 2. Julie Ponstein Karolyi's Gymnastics 3. Alison Bates Arena Gymnastics 4. Kim Leslie Gymnastics Inc 5. Danielle Barr Iowa Gym-Nest 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

354.400 354.300 351 .950 351.850 348.450 347.600 347.100 346.650 346.100 343.950


18.50 18.125 18.025 18.00 17.975

Balance Beam Marianne Williams All American UT 18.325 Dawn Spickelmier Nebraska Sch of 17.975 Gym Michelle Reyes Wcmnastics orld 17.85 Holly Joyner Arena Womnastics 17.75 Sigall Kassutto ova Gymnastics 17.60 Floor Exercise Barna Bounders Karen Brennalt Interntl Sch Gym Gabby Zermoglio Karolyi' s Gymnastics Holly Joyner Arena Gymnastics Tricia Fortson Karolyi's Gymnastics

2. 3. 4. 5.

Senior Region Rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

358.050 353.750 353.250 352.700 352.000 350.750 350.300 349.150 348.800 344.650


College Next For Durham By Kathleen M. Delano

1. Shea McFall

Junior Region Rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Gymnastics Inc 18.60 Barna Bounders 18.375 Mission Valley YMCA 18.35 Pittsburgh Gym Club 18.275 18.25 Gym-Cats Gymnastics Inc 18.25

who tried to go elite last year but was injured. Kim Leslie also won the vaulting title to continue Region Ill's domination of the senior division. Region Ill's Fortson also won the uneven bars title. Region III did not get the gold medals on the balance beam and floor exercise because Marianne Williams of All American Gymnastics in Utah took first on beam, and Shea McFall of Barna Bounders won floor exercise. The USGF Junior Olympic Program, which includes the Junior Olympic Nationals, was sponsored by Dodge Division of Chrysler Motors. Clark Vitulli, National Merchandising Manager for Dodge, presented the team awards for the event and made a short speech to the 120 gymnasts during the closing ceremonies. Meet organizers John Locurto, owner of International School of Gymnastics (ISG), and Carol Newman, president of the ISG Booster Club, arranged for two special awards presenters . World Champion diver and Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis and Olympic bronze medalist and fivetime National Champion Wendy Wyland. Wyland and Louganis presented flowers and medals to the all-around winners.

18.05 of 18.00 17.975 17.925 17.90

Former national champion and international gymnast Dianne Durham revisited her old stomping grounds as she traveled to the Junior Olympic Nationals to represent her club, Karolyi's Gymnastics. But this time the retired gymnast wasn't concerned with landing her layout full vault or making her double back full-in. "Coach" Durham was concerned with keeping nine competing gymnasts from Karolyi's in line and on track. Durham, who retired in the spring of 1985, following yet another ankle injury, has been coaching Class I and II gymnasts at (Continuea on page 10)

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Karolyi's club in Houston, Texas for the past year. Durham was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1981 to 1984. During that time, she was the 1983 National Champion of the USA, competed in international competitions in Hong Kong, Japan, People's Republic of China, Canada, South Africa and numerous cities in the United States. Several of her best performances came in important competitions. Durham was first all-around at the 1984 McDonald's vs. China, third allaround at the 1983 Chunichi Cup, and first all-around at the 1983 McDonald's International Invitational-a prelude to the Olympics. During the 1984 Olympic Trials, Durham was leading when she injured her ankle and had to withdraw from the competition. In the 18 months since her last competition, Durham has been making the transition from competitor to coach with some ease. She states the two are very much the same. "It's not much different," says the 18-year-old who originally hails from Gary, IN. "It's a little harder. I have to have a lot more patience. I try to understand all the little problems that go on in the gym, and I concentrate mainly on teaching consistency to the gymnasts." Durham says she doesn't miss competing and is ready to get on with her life. The past year she has been taking classes at Houston Baptist University and is now planning on transferring her college credits to the University of Michigan or North Carolina State this fall where she plans to study sports medicine. In fact, the Junior Olympic meet was her last competition with her group of gymnasts. Although she, along with Ron Galimore, was one of the first black gymnasts to make it internationally, Durham doesn't see herself as a pioneer. "I don't picture myself as a role model. A lot of people picture me that way though," Durham said. "I encourage other blacks to get involved because it's a great sport and I love it."


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Phillips, USA Shine At Canadian Classic By Cheryl Grace Delegation Leader & USA Judge he 1986 Canadian Classic, held June 24-29 in Mississauga, Canada, featured top junior women teams from six countries. The United States sent two teams (A & B), comprised of the finest junior gymnasts in the country. It became immediately apparent the USA would dominate the field of gymnasts from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina. The A-team consisted of Kristie Phillips, Phoebe Mills, Robin Carter, Julissa Gomez, Christy Henrich, and Lisa Panzironi were coached by John Holman (Parkettes) and Mary Wright (SCATS). One week after competing in the 1986 McDonald's Championships of the USA, these talented 12-to-14-year-olds swept the team competition, winning 151.25 over second-place Canada with 146.40.


Their level of routine difficulty, composition, and superb execution was unmatched, proving these juniors could challenge the world's best. The third place team award went to Australia and Great Britain finishing a tight race in a tie with a 141.90. Each team competed six gymnasts, with four scores counting.

'The United States sent two teams comprised of the finest junior gymnasts in the country. It became immediately apparent the USA would dominate the field of gymnasts.'

USA's B-team, comprised of Sheryl Dundas, Kelly Baker, Dana Lister, Lisa Lazar, Nadya Mason, and Debbie Gondek, technically finished in second place with 147.15. Because the Canadian Federation stated that only one team per country could be eligible for team awards, the B-team, coached by Mark Lee (Rocky Mountain) and Bunny Cook (Atlanta School of Gymnastics), were eliminated from the final standings. In the individual all-around, Phillips won with 38.25 followed by silver medalist and Karolyi teammate Mills, with 37.55. The bronze medalist was Luisa Ribeiro of Brazil with a 37.50. Ribeiro appeared in the 1986 McDonald' s American Cup and proved again to be one of the finest gymnasts ever from Brazil. Her difficulty on every event (including round-off full twisting back somersault on the beam) was superior which made her a strong contender in the all-around . Individual event finals was a clean sweep by the USA contingent. With a limit of two gymnasts per country, USA took the gold and silver medal in every event with the exception of uneven bars, where Phillips and Mills tied for the gold with 19.20. The outstanding performance of the evening was Phillips' 9.80 on floor, which included a full twisting double back somersault as the opening pass, and concluded with a piked double back somie. Robin Carter won silver medals on floor and beam. All Around 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 14 15 16 16 18 19 19

Kristie Phillips Phoebe Mills Luisa Ribeiro Robin Carter Larissa Lowing Debbie Johnstone Lisa Panzironi Kelly Baker Christie Henrich Sheryl Dundas Dana Lister Nadya Mason Debbie Gondek Martha Mesley Julissa Gomez Lisa Read Leah Homma Lisa Lazar Malisa Harriot Audrey Gastmeier

U.S.A. 1 U.S.A. 1 Brazil U.S.A. 1 Canada 1 Canada 1 U.S.A. 1 U.S.A. 2 U.S.A. 1 U.S.A. 2 U.S.A. 2 U.S.A. 2 U.S.A. 2 Canada 2 U.S.A. 1 Australia Canada 2 U.S.A. 2 Canada 1 Canada 2

38.25 37.55 37.50 37.40 37.30 37.25 37.15 36.85 36.85 36.60 36.55 36.45 36.45 36.35 36.35 36.20 36.20 36.05 35.75 35.75

Robin Carter, of Go Gymnastics in Houston , was a steady performer for the USA's 'A' squad. For her efforts Sheelaced fourth all-around and won silver medals on oor and beam . (USGF photo © 1986, by Dave Blac ).


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At 1986 USGF Junior Olympic Nationals

Kirksey Dominates Class 1 By Bob Rikli atrick Kirksey , of the Atlanta School of Gymnastics, won the Class I all-around as well as three individual event titles at the 1986 USGF Junior Olympic Boys National Championships at Emory University in Atlanta June 27-29. Nearly 300 of the nation's finest junior gymnasts competed in the Class I and Class II divisions. Kirksey, a 5' 10", 165 pound gymnast, got off to a good start in compulsories, finishing third . His optionals, though, were what really stole the show with his 55.95 outdistancing Terry Notary of Gymmarin by more than a full point. The only competitor to advance to six finals, Kirksey continued to build steam going into the third day. On pommel horse, he placed second while posting the highest score in finals, 9.5. Going on to vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, he took top honors on each event. His overall per-


formance sets a record for the number of first places won by any Class I gymnast. Kirksey, 18, is a relative newcomer to the national spotlight. Last Christmas he qualified to the national team for the first time after starting in gymnastics ten years ago. Five years later, he qualified for his first nationals at Princeton University where he placed 70th. Since then its been a steady climb to the top. "I've always dreamed about doing well at this meet, but I never thought I could accomplish something like this," Kirksey confided. Explaining how it feels to do so well in his last junior meet, he said, "It's fantastic . There's nothing like it. There's no better way to cap it off." Next fall, Kirksey will attend the University of Nebraska where he plans to study computer science. Joining him at Nebraska will be fourth place all-around finisher Mark Warburton. Close on Kirksey's heels was Notary who finished second with 110.80. No-


tary, a superb pommel horse worker, was the winner of this event. Russian immigrant Michael Prywes has coached Notary at Gymmarin in San Rafael, Ca. for the past five years. Next fall the 17-year-old Notary will join Art Shurlock's UCLA Bruins . Seventeen-year-old veteran Brad Bryan placed third in the all-around with 108.30. Bryan is the longest running junior team member having first joined the team in 1979. When Bryan got his start in the sport 11 years ago, he was originally coached by his father. Two and a half years ago, he moved to Albuquerque to train under Golden Cup Gymnastics' Ed Burch and Bill Foster. Always renowned for his excellent body alignment, Bryan won floor with




Patrick Kirksey didn 't fare as well on rillgs (5 th) as he did 011 pm'allel bars, high bar al1d valiit which he WO I1 at the JUl1ior Olympic Natiol1als recently. Kirksey, a hometowl1 bOIj , was all-arolll1d chall/p. ( USGF photo © 1986, by Rich Kel1ney).


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July/August 1986 a 9.5 optional routine which included a one and one-half twisting back, punch front, double back, and a fulltwisting punch front. On horizontal bar, Bryan does two major release moves . He performed two Giengers, catching both with alarming consistency. Emilio Marrero, 17, who prior to joining the national team six months ago had virtually no competitive meet experience, was the winner on rings and placed fifth all-around. He performs the rarely seen German uprise popularized by Chinese gymnast Li Ning. Marrero trains at the West Side YMCA in Manhattan with 1968 Cuban Olympian Roberto Pumpido. In the team race, Region VIII won the team title. CLASS II Adam Cooper from Gymnastrum coached by Larry Moyer and Joe Stallone won the Class II all-around with 109.05. At fifteen, Cooper is a consistent and mature competitor. His most outstanding event was horizontal bar where he won the event with a 9.75 compulsory and a 9.50 optional. Jason Brown was the second-place finisher in all-around. Brown was the meet's highest scorer with a 9.8 on his compulsory horizontal bar. An injury kept him out of finals on horizontal bar as well as pommel horse. Region VII won the Class II team title. Later this summer, a team of ten top allaround placers from the optional routines will tour Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary.

18.650 18.575 18.025 17.900 17.625

1. 2. 2. 4. 5.

Pommel Horse Andrew Friedman Mike Masucci Sumner Darling Adam Cooper Jonathon Lee

17.575 17.400 17.400 17.050 16.750

18.450 18.375 18.075 18.050 17.975

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Rings Patrick Murgulo Paul Bautel Adrian Besancon Michael Reichenbach Nick Baker

18.300 18.100 18.100 17.975 17.875

18.975 18.875 18.775 18.675 18.625

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Richard Pulsfort Steven Hutchings Adam Cooper Chris Spinosa Paul Bautel

18.850 18.600 18.550 18.400 18.325

18.650 18.500 18.325 18.250 18.125

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Parallel Bars Paul Bautel Andrew Friedman Sumner Darling Chris Kabat Jair Lynch

18.300 17.975 17.800 17.750 17.700

18.900 18.850 18.725 18.700 18.150

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Horizontal Bar Adam Cooper Darren Elg Ricardo Casis Adrian Besancon James Vandezilver

18.475 17.925 17.775 17.725 17.450

18.100 17.975 17.975 17.850 17.750

Adam Cooper won high bar and also won Class II all-around. (USGF photo Š, by Rich Kennel}).

Pommel Horse 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Terry Notary Patrick Kirksey Brad Bryan Chris Howard Charles Loop

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Emilio Marrero Terry Notary Ronald Rash Jay Caputo Patrick Kirksey

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Patrick Kirksey Neal Gallant Conrad Voorsanger Tom Haley Keith Cousino

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Patrick Kirksey David Stow Mike Farina Jeff Dow Charles Loop

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Patrick Kirksey Jarrod Hanks Terry Notary Brad Bryan Jody Newman




Parallel Bars

Horizontal Bar

Class II Floor Exercise 1. 2. 2. 4. 5.

Heath Trial Adam Cooper Robert Hanson Mike Masucci Brad Hayashi

1986 J. O. MEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Class II ALL-AROUND 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 6. 8. 9. 10.

Cooper, Adam Brown, Jason Bautel, Paul Casis, Ricardo Besancon, Adrian Elg, Darren Pulsfort, Richard Masucci, Mike Lee, Jonathon Darling, Sumner

109.05 108.15 107.40 107.35 106.30 106.10 105.70 105.65 105.15 104.55

1986 J. O. MEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Class I ALL-AROUND 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 6. 8. 9. 10.

Kirksey, Patrick Notary, Terry Bryan, Brad Warburton , Mark Marrero, Emilio Stow, David Haran, Gerald Newman, Jody Cousino, Keith Loop, Charles

111 .30 110.80 108.30 108.00 106.90 106.85 106.85 106.60 106.30 106.15

Class I Floor Exercise 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Brad Bryan Shawn Simpson Daniel Zimpfer Conrad Voorsanger Keith Cousino

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Twins Share Identical Goals

• By Mike Botkin ecisions are a part of life. Some are easy to make and others are complicated. After leading Arizona State University to its first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I gymnastics championship, Dan and Dennis Hayden carne to that proverbial split in the path. Besides being identical twins, the same thought provides the power for their day-to-day existence: to represent the United States in the 1988 Olympic Garnes and to be the best gymnasts in the world. To accomplish this, Dan and Dennis decided not to pursue the NCAA program any longer and moved from Tempe to Tucson, Arizona to train.


compulsories. Dennis and I feel compulsories will be what separates us from the rest." Perfecting technique is the major goal of Tomita. "We will perfect the compulsories. Rings and parallel bars are very strong, on the same level as China and the Soviet Union. Dan and Dennis were unparalleled on parallel bars (at the McDonald's Championships of the USA), far above the

Olympic Garnes," said Tomita. "When Dan, Dennis and Jon Omori are together, it is one hell of a training session . . . and it's like that every day." Despite dropping out of NCAA competition, the Hayden twins made a vow to continue their education, if even on a part-time basis . "Our education is very important to us," said Dennis. "We promised each other tha t


'After being involved in gymnastics for some 16 years, the Haydens feel the time is right for them to begin their ascent to the top in the world rankings. "They have shown only 70 percent of what they can do," Tomita said.' • "Leaving college gymnastics was a very tough decision for them," said their coach, Yoichi Tomita . It was Tomita's gym the Haydens selected as the training center for their Olympic dream. "Before we go to Korea," predicted Dan, "we want to say, 'Did we do everything we could to prepare?' We want to be sure we are fully ready. With school full time and all the competitions in NCAA, it was hard to train compulsories properly. One reason for the move was to concentrate on 16

Dennis (left) and Dan (right) Hayden share the same goal, getting to the 1988 Olympics and becoming the best gymnasts in tlie world. Currently the pair are working out under the

rest." During the Championships, Dan received a 9.75 and Dennis a 9.65 on compulsory parallel bars. To attain perfection you must have intensity. "The Haydens do not lack intensity. The intensity of training in the gym is electrifying. It gives me a thrill like the one I had during the 1984

we would get our degrees," added Dan. When the Haydens first burst onto the national scene through the United States Gymnastics Federation's Junior Olympic Program, they were identical in talent and appearance. They were a novelty despite being very good gymUSA Gymnastics




nasts at an early age. Dennis has suffered through more injuries than Dan, but has been improving steadily. "Dennis swings a little freer than me," stated Dan. "1 was stronger, but he has been catching me and is now about as strong as I am." "Their style of gymnastics is very different," Tomita said. "Dan is more strength oriented, while Dennis has more of an artistic sense. I do not try to coach them the same way. I want them to explore their own identity and to find their own styles." "I am an artist," Dennis said. "Gymnastics is an art and like any artist, I like my own style . I like to look a little different. One of my hobbies is drawing and I enjoy that in my spare time. I'm pretty good at it, I think." Prior to the recent Championships, the two went into seclusion in Tuscon for one month . For Dennis, this proved to be the right time period, as he performed "100 percent" according

July/August 1986 the meet. His compulsory vault kept him from doing that. " For their performances, Dan placed second all-around and Dennis tied with 1985 National Champion Brian Babcock for third. "1 am very happy (with my performance), " Dennis said. "A lot because I worked for that (third place) . The outcome was what I expected and what I wanted . I trained to come in the top three and this is only the beginning." After being involved in gymnastics for some 16 years, the Haydens feel the time is right for them to begin their ascent to the top in the world rankings. "They have shown only 70 percent of what they can do," Tomita said. "There is a very good possibility of them becoming the. best in the world. I just couldn't expect any better gymnasts to coach. Their priorities are really in the right place. Their goal is to become Olympians ." Excitement fills the Hayden's voices

direction ofYoichi Tomita in Tucson , Arizona where they both reside. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).

to his coach. Dan, on the other hand, was "95 percent." Dan concluded that another week would have been nice. "Dennis' performance was surprising to me," said Tomita. "1 think it was surprising to many people. He trained very hard . I couldn't expect anything more from him. I expected Dan to win USA Gymnastics

when they look into the future. "I'm really psyched out for the Goodwill Games," Dennis said. "Being third (ranked), I feel I have an obligation to the country and to all the gymnasts to perform at my best. Right now I want my gymnastics to be fun and to be the best. The Championships of the USA

was just the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot more to be revealed." Dan is working on a secret weapon and will be ready to unveil it soon. All he would say is that it is on high bar and it is something like his double back over-the-bar recatch move which is spectacular in its own right. "1 have done it (the new move) before. All I can say about it is that I am just going to have to go for it. That's why I've got to increase my strength. I will need a lot of power to complete it," said Dan.

, "Before we go to Korea," predicted Dan, "we want to say: 'Did we do everything we could to prepare?' We want to be sure we are fully ready. With school full time and all the competitions in NCAA, it was hard to train compulsories properly." , Dennis unveiled his secret weapon approximately two years ago when he was wed to Tanya. "1 don' t think I would still be in the sport if it weren't for her. She is a big part of my training and has been an inspiration to me. " Another portion of the weapon which kept the Hayden machine motoring along was the support they received from their parents and in-laws. Unlike most other USA gymnasts , both Haydens are married. Dan has been married to Barbara for a year and a half, while Dennis has been married for a year and ei~ht months. What discipline the Haydens don' t get at home from their wives, they receive from Tomita, who comes from the highly technical Japanese school of gymnastics. He is instilling those philosophies on the eager-to-Iearn Haydens . For him, the most integral aspect of their talent is not their physical attributes, but what comes from within. "Their performance is coming from the heart. Koji Gushiken won the 1984 Olympics (all-around) not by being physical, but by his heart. They are not only great gymnasts, they are great individuals. That's what makes them so special," Tomita said. "There is no doubt they will achieve their goal." 17

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The Psyche Was Right Daggett, Sey Hurdle Obstacles On Way To National Titles By Mike Botkin here was an unusual sharpness to Tim Daggett's already piercing eyes. Something was up. The immediate elicited response felt from a Daggett glance was a man who had something on his mind. What occupied Daggett's thoughts was the 1986 McDonald's Championships of the USA and the task that faced him. It was a leaner-looking, stronger Daggett that stepped off the plane at Indianapolis International Airport for the June 19-22 meet. Of all the accomplishments this veteran international competitor had racked up in his illustrious career, a Championship allaround title was not among them. For Jennifer Sey, the script for her performance couldn't have been written any better. Following a disheartening injury in front of the World Championship audience, this determined member of the Parkette gym rehabilitated herself right onto the victor's stand which included consistent performance despite an injured ankle. It was a gutsy performance and a definite highlight for the "Thrill of Victory."




Men's Competition s most gymnasts will say, it was the all important compulsory round in which Daggett built wnat was to become an insurmountable lead over twin rivals Dan and Dennis Hayden and 1985 Champion of the USA Brian Babcock. Consistency, consistency, consistency was the name of Daggett's tune as he used compulsory scores ranging from 9.25 (low) to 9.55 (high) to assemble a score of 56.90, .90 better than that of Dan Hayden. Overall, Hayden's scores were higher than Daggett's, that is except for one . . . vault. This was the only weak link in an unusually strong chain for Dan, as the two giant steps he took for mankind on his landing whittled his vault


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Tim Daggett's victory in the aI/-around gave him his first national championship. This was his best performance since the 1984 Olympic Games. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).


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score to a scant 8.45 which accounted for the majority of the deficit. Two of Dan's scores, a 9.75 on parallel bars and a 9.65 on rings, were the highest of the compulsory round in those events. But as is the case the majority of the time, the consistent performance outweighs occasional greatness. One gymnast who showed signs of greatness was Rob Brown of the University of Minnesota. His floor routine lit up Market Square Arena and barely caused the judges' pen to scratch upon the note pad. He received a 9.65 and a berth in the floor exercise finals. After three years of sitting at home nursing injuries, Dennis Hayden appeared at the Championships and practically mirrored the imagery created by his brother. Dennis, considered by many to be the surprise of the meet, performed to his full potential, tying for third in the compulsory round with Babcock (55.95), just .05 behind his brother.


'After three years of sitting at home nursing injuries, Dennis Hayden appeared at the Championships and practically mirrored the imagery created by his brother. Dennis, considered by many to be the surprise of the meet, performed to his full potential, tying for third in the compulsory round with Babcock.'

Dan Hayden was a very steady performer throughout the McDonald's Clzampionships of the USA. Except for a poor vault, Hayden's scores were good enough to place him second all-around and first mdiviaually on high bar and rings. (USGF photo Š 1986, IJy Dave Black).

felt like I had to go 12 for 12 to get a true picture of where I really stood in this competition. If you have mistakes, you really can't judge your talents compared with the others," he said. Two other gymnasts, who are considered to be from the old guard, came in and showed they weren't quite ready to roll over and allow the youth of the sport to take over just yet. Babcock and Phil Cahoy looked as good as they ever have in finishing this meet third and fifth respectively. This Championships was especially The highlight of Babcock's steady important for Dennis. Because of his performance was his sound high bar absence from the National Team, he routine, for which he scored a 9.60. wanted very much to be a part of the Along with Charles Lakes, that score Goodwill Games team. In the course was the best on that event during the of the meet, he hit 12 of 12 routines. "I compulsory round. USA Gymnastics

July/August 1986 The smell of ink will be permeating Cahoy's nostrils instead of chalk as on August 25 the University of Nebraska graduate will be entering medical school. By no means will this be his last competition though . " I was pretty pleased with my performance," said Cahoy, adding, "although my compulsories could have been better. " (He suffered the same fate as Dan Hayden on vault, resulting in a 8.45 score) . "My finals were really good. Hopefully I will be able to continue to compete (after beginning med school). It will all depend on how I can manage my time. I might have to take my books to the gym and study in between sets, if that's necessary to keep competing."

'Lakes was great on floor (9.60), parallel bars (9.60) and high bar (9.70) to finish a full two pOints over his compulsory total.' As strong as the compulsories were for the men, the optional routines were even stronger. Daggett's armor was dented when he faltered on floor, an event that has perenially given him trouble because of a weak ankle. The 8.85 score he received was his only break as the remainder of his optional skills were performed with machinelike precision. His best routines came on the events that have given him his most publicity as he cranked-out an almost perfect pommel horse routine (9.90) and was right-on during his high bar routine (9.75) . Dan Hayden stayed within striking distance as he threw 9.80 routines on pommel horse and high bar, which included his double back over the bar recatch. "I thought I was a little too close to the bar on the regrasp," said Dan. "But I was able to finish the move smoothly. " Lakes, who has a consistency problem, used great routines on floor (9.60), parallel bars (9.60) and high bar (9.70) to finish a full two points over his compulsory total and secure his place on the national team in sixth position. Dennis Hayden competed in his first Championships in three years and came away as surprise of the meet. Dennis realized his goal ot placing thin£, tying defending national champion Brian Babcock. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).

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July/August 1986 and vault. All of us have been working extra hard on those events. The older I get, the more I am working on m y strength and I feel it will help me in those events. " Women's Competition here was a zest of a different kind in the eyes of Jennifer Sey. The thought of a national championship wasn't foremost on her mind. The Parkettes member set the goals of getting through the meet, making the national team and competing for the United States in the Goodwill Games. Hampered by an injured ankle, Sey competed throughout the optional round knowing one slip could send her reeling in the standings and allow Parkettes teammate Hope Spivey the opportunity to become the 1986 women's all-around champion. But despite the pain, Sey weathered the competition and became the instant pride of the Parkettes. As it turned out, it was the Parkettes tum to rule the roost and coaches Bill and Donna Strauss couldn't have been more pleased with the results. Their gym placed three in the top four allaround spots and five on the national team roster. "Everybody did well," said 1986 All-Around Champion Sey. "Hope was incredible finishing second and we all knew Alyssa (Solomon) could


Charles Lakes got over consistency problems to place sixth in the all-around. For his parallel bars routine, Lakes received a 9.60 which got him a berth in the finals. (USGF photo Š 1986, Iiy Dave Black).

When the veterans take a look at the new men's national team, they see depth and experience. "The U.S. team has come a long way since the 1984 Olympics," said Dan Hayden. "We are finally putting everything together. In the next two years, if we plan right, we should have the strongest team in the world." "We (the U.S. team) are really strong on apparatus events," said Cahoy. "Our weakest events are floor USGF Executive Director Mike Jacki (left) and Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner (right) present Bnan Babcock with a scholarship to aid In his training. The Bart Conner Scholarship for Enduring Excellence was established to aid post NCAA athletes with training expenses. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).


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do it, but I don' t think she knew she could do it ." Solomon became the third member of Parkettes to crack the top five as she placed fourth allaround. The battle for the top spot was an inspiring story of determination and concentration. Always tagged as "rising stars," the five leaders after the compulsory round found they had risen and showed what could be expected in the future . Doe Yamashiro, a fast rising star out of SCATS, has matured into a fine competitor with very little actual "big meet" experience. Yamashiro pulled into the lead after the compulsory round by virtue of a 9.70 on bars and a 9.40 on beam. Sey was in close pursuit, .10 behind. "I was very pleased with compulsories," said Sey. "I am strong in those and since it was 60 percent (of the total score), I felt like I was in good shape in second place." The two events Yamashiro excelled on during compulsories betrayed her during finals, as she received an 8.55 on beam and a 9.15 on bars. This left a huge gap that Sey walked through, weak ankle and all.

'Hampered by an injured ankle, Sey competed throughout the optional round knowing one slip could send her reeling in the standings and allow Parkettes teammate Hope Spivey the opportunity to become the 1986 women's all-around champion.' "After beam (9.60) I started to believe I could win. Then on floor, I hurt my ankle . I really didn't expect to come out on top. I was very worried about my ankle and I just wanted to finish," Sey said. "Before my bars routine, I was still ahead. I looked over my shoulder and some of the close girls were on beam, which is a hard event pressure-wise, and I saw them

Jennifer Sey stayed on beam while other competitors fe/f. Despite a nagging ankle injury. Sey competed with the grit ana determination that marks a true champion. (USGF photo Š 1986, Uy Dave Black).

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fall. At that p.oint I wanted to do was to hit bars." After her dismount and the 9.40 score was flashed, Sey flashed a big smile to the crowd. "When I made it, I was pretty sure I had won. It was unbelieveable. I really can't descriQe the feeling. It was just a really neat feeling, like none I have ever had before. I still can't believe it. I still don't think it was me." Spivey recovered well from falls on beam and an 8.80 to score 9.40's on bars and vault (layout tsukara) and a 9.55 on floor to silently slip into second. Joyce Wilborn, of North Stars Gymnastics, powered her way to the third spot with an excellent layout tsukara with a full twist vault (9.85) and


an inspiring floor exercise. On floor, Steady was the word for the performance of the Wilborn executed a very high full-in Parkettes' Hope Spivey. A ven) consistent optional round propelled Spivel} into contelltion for the allmount and dismount (9.45). Solomon was another member of around title. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black). the youth brigade which swept into the top six positions. She, along with Wilborn, did very well on vault (9.50 for a layout tsukara) and floor (9.50). They were joined by Yamashiro, com- Mountain Gymnastics) and 1985 peting in her first Championships, National Champion Sabrina Mar who finished fifth and Angie Denkins (SCATS). Tagged to be two of the conof Will-Moor Gymnastics who placed tenders for the title, Marlowe and Mar sixth. had disappointing performances on Yolande Mavity (NAAG) filled the compulsory bars and beam respectiveseventh spot while Marie Roethlisber- ly, two events these gymnasts are ger (SCATS) and Tracy Butler (Buck- most noted for. Some other great performances eye Gymnastics) tied for eighth. Disappointing performances were suf- were registered by Cindy Tom of Verfered by Melissa Marlowe (Rocky dugo Gymnastics Club. She had a USA Gymnastics

July/August 1986 Doe Yamashiro excelled during the compulsory round to narrowly lead Jenn ife r Sey . The optional rou nd didn' t trea t her as kindly as she dropped ill the standings to fift h place. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).

the all-around competition because the great performances which brought the all-around laurels, was the same avenue used to reach finals . But for some, like the event specialist in NCAA competition, the finals are a chance to show that on a certain event, you can challenge and beat even the best in the country. This was the case in both men's and women' s action . Gold medals captured by Robert Sundstrum, University CalifomialBerkeley (floor) and Scott Wilbanks, Houston Baptist (vault) attest to the superb individual talent which exists throughout the country. High bar provided its usual amount of excitement as Dan Hayden and UCLA gymnast David Moriel were breathtaking in their efforts. Competing back-to-back, Hayden began by again competing his double back over the bar regrasp , scoring 9.80, to seemingly take command of this event final. Moriel, not to be outdone , flawlessly completed a one and onehalf twisting flyawa y recatch, also scoring a 9.80 which placed him in second .

very nice tumbling pass on floor reminiscent of Soviet World Champion Oksana Omeliantchik completing a double back into an immediate flipflop . Michelle Dusserre (SCATS) had a visually pleasing floor routine which included plenty of dance for which the SCATS are noted. Her style is akin to SCATS great and Olympic silver medalist Kathy Johnson.


he final hours of the competition were dedicated to crowning individual event champions . Some of the names didn't change from

Joyce Wilborn's powerful style made her an instant favori te of the crowd. On beam, Wilborn scored a 9.40 to tie for second individually with Alyssa 50101/10n. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).

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UCLA 9.55 9.55 9.55 8.85 9.90 9.65 18.40 19.45 19.20 GYM CENTER TUCSON 9.40 9.30 9.65 9.50 9.80 9.70 18.90 19.10 19.35 GYM CENTER TUCSON 9.40 9.35 9.35 9.50 9.70 9.60 18.90 19.05 18.95 SO ILLINOIS 9.25 9.30 9.40 9.50 9.70 9.40 18.75 19.00 18.80 UNAnACHEO 9.20 9.40 9.20 9.55 9.85 9.50 18.75 19.25 18.70 UN IV Of ILUCHAMP 8.95 9.00 9.05 9.60 9.35 9.30 18.55 18.35 18.35 UN IV Of MINN 8.90 9.00 9.05 9.25 9.30 9.05 18.15 18.30 18.10 UNIV Of NEBRASKA 8.95 8.65 8.45 9.25 9.50 9.30 18.20 18. 15 1775 UN IV Of OKLAHOMA 9.40 8.85 8.15 9.20 9.35 9.55 18.60 18.20 17.70 UN IV Of NEBRASKA 9.40 8.95 8.45 9.40 9.70 9.00 18.80 18.65 17.45 UNIV Of MINN 9.65 8.45 8.10 9.50 9.55 9.45 19. 15 18.00 17.55 UCLA 9.10 8.60 8.85 9.55 8.40 9.40 18.65 17.00 18.25 UNIV Of CAUBERKLEY 8.65 8.35 9.15 9.10 9.35 9.00 17.75 17.70 18. 15 UCLA 9.45 8.00 8.65 9.20 9.20 9.45 18.65 17.20 18.10 UNIV Of NEBRASKA 9.20 9.05 9.65 9.20 9.40 9.70 18.40 18.45 19.35 ARIZONA STATE 9.00 8.90 8.40 9.15 9.40 9.25 18.15 18.30 17.65 UN IV Of IOWA 9.45 9.10 8.00 9.55 9.55 8.35 19.00 18.65 16.35 UN IV Of NEBRASKA 9.20 9.05 8.00 9.50 8.60 9.15 18.70 17.65 17.15


UN IV Of IOWA 9.40 7.60 9.60 9.50 19.00 17.10


UN IV Of MINN 9.10 8.90 8.35 9.50 9.40 9.30 18.60 18.30 17.65 UNIV Of CAU8ERKLEY 9.35 8.10 8.65 8.95 8.65 8.50 18.30 16.75 17.15 HOUSTON BAPTIST 9.25 8.15 8.25 9.30 9.00 9.20 18.55 17.15 17.45






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9.25 9.45 18.70

9.45 9.60 19.05

9.55 9.75 19.30

56.90 57.20 114.100

8.45 9.30 17.75

9.75 9.20 18.95

9.45 9.80 19.25

56.00 57.30 113.300

9.00 9.15 18.15

9.65 9.55 19.20

9.20 9.55 18.75

55.95 57.05 113.000

9.35 9.15 18.50

9.05 9.65 1·8/0

9.60 9.65 19.25

55.95 57.05 113.000

8.45 9.15 17.60

9.35 9.60 18.95

9.35 9.65 19.00

54.95 57.30 112.250

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9.15 9.60 18.75

9.60 9.70 19.30

54.70 56.80 lll.500

9.20 9.25 18.45

8.65 9.55 18.20

8.75 9.40 18. 15

53.55 55.80 109.350

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9. 10 9.50 18.60

9.10 9.55 18.65

53.10 56.20 109.300

8.60 9.00 17.60

9.05 9.70 18.75

8.70 9.30 18.00

52.75 56.10 108.850

8.70 9.15 17.85

8.70 9.15 17.85

8.85 9.20 18.05

53.05 55.60 108.650

8.60 8.90 17.50

8.70 905 17.75

9.15 9.55 18.70

52.65 56.00 108.65

8.55 9.20 17.75

8.50 9.25 17.75

9.55 9.70 19.25

53.15 55.50 108.650

8.85 9.25 18.10

905 9.40 18.45

9.55 8.80 18.35

53.60 54.90 108.500

9.45 9.35 18.80

8.95 8.35 17.30

9.50 8.85 18.35

54.00 5440 108.400

8.75 9.55 18.30

8.35 9.30 17.65

6.80 9.35 16.15

5180 56.50 108.300

8.25 8.80 17.05

8.95 9.05 18.00

9.35 9.40 18.75

52.85 55.05 107.900

8.80 9.15 17.95

8.95 9.20 18.15

8.45 9.30 1775

52.75 55.10 107.850

9.00 9.35 18.35

8.70 9.40 18.10

9.05 8.65 17.70

53.00 54.65 107.650

8.50 9.35 17.85

8.85 9.70 18.55

8.75 9.30 18.05

5125 56.35 107.600

8.65 9.25 1790

8.25 8.90 17.15

8.35 9.35 17.70

5160 55.70 107.300

9.50 9.30 18.80

8.85 9.35 18.20

9.05 8.75 17.80

53.50 53.50 107.000

9.55 9.35 18.90

7.50 8.85 16.35

8.90 9.40 18.30

5160 55.10 106.700


BRIGHAM YOUNG 8.75 8.50 9. 15 9.00 9.45 9.55 1775 17.95 18.70 UNIV Of OKLAHOMA 8.75 8.35 7.25 9.70 9.15 8.80 18.45 17.50 16.05 STANfORD UN IV 8.75 8.60 8.60 9.30 9.15 9.05 17.80 17.90 17.75 UCLA 9.35 9.05 8.80 8.80 8.85 9.40 18.15 17.90 18.20 UNIV Of NEW MEXICO 8.55 8.10 8.85 9.10 9.50 9.30 17.65 17.60 18.15

8.70 8.80 17.50

8.20 9.00 17.20

8.80 8.80 17.60

52.10 54.60 106.700

9.10 9.40 18.50

8.75 9.25 18.00

9.20 8.80 18.00

5140 55.10 106.500

8.75 8.90 17.65

8.85 8.65 17.50

8.55 9.15 17.70

52.10 54.20 106.300

8.80 9.10 17.90

8.95 8.85 17.80

8.40 7.85 16.25

5335 52.85 106.200

8.25 9. 15 17.40

8.85 8.90 17.75

8.65 8.80 17.45

5125 54.75 106.000


Jennifer Sey


Hope Spivey


Joyce Wilbom

North Stars

Alyssa Solomon


Ooe Yamashiro


Angie Denkins

Will -Moor

Yolande Mavity


Marie Roethlisberger


Tracy Butler


10 Melissa Marlowe

Rocky Mountain

II Sabrina Mar


12 Rhonda faehn


13 Robin Richter


14 Cindy Tom


15 Beth Hansen

Crowley's Gym

16 Tracy Calore


17 Kim Masters

Great American

18 Dina Margolin


18 Katherine Kelleher

Queen City Gym

20 Corrinne Wright


21 Jennifer Barton


22 Wendy Weaver



VAULT 9.20 9.30 18.48 9.40 9.40 18.80 9.75 9.85 19.58 9.40 9.50 18.88 9.05 9.40 18.38 9.60 9.60 19.20 9.25 9.60 18.78 8.95 9.30 18.18 9.10 9.40 18.44 9.20 9.40 18.56 9.20 9.30 18.48 8.70 9.60 18.12 9.15 9.05 18.22 9.00 9.45 18.36 9.20 9.35 18.52 9.35 9.55 18.86 9.05 9.50 18.46 9.05 9.25 18.26 9.15 9.35 18.46 9.30 9.55 18.80 9.30 9.15 18.48 8.95 9.50 18.34

BARS 9.05 9.40 18.38 9.35 9.40 18.74 8.85 9.30 18.06 9.10 9.20 18.28 9.70 9.15 18.96 9.40 9.30 18.72 8.85 9.10 17.90 9.60 9.00 18.72 9.20 9.05 18.28 8.75 8.95 17.66 9.35 9.10 18.50 9.00 9.35 18.28 9.10 9.30 18.36 8.80 9.00 17.76 9.05 9.50 18.46 8.75 8.30 17.14 8.90 9.30 18.12 8.80 9.15 17.88 8.80 8.90 17.68 8.95 9.20 18.10 8.45 9.20 17.50 9.05 9.10 18.14

BEAM 9.40 9.60 18.96 8.85 8.80 17.66 9.00 9.35 18.28 9.15 9.30 1842 9.40 8.55 18.1 2 9.05 9.35 18.34 9.10 9.00 18.12 9.05 8.75 17.86 9.30 8.85 18.24 9.35 8.90 18.34 8.65 9.65 18.10 9.05 9.10 18.14 8.95 9.30 18.18 9.25 9.10 18.38 8.75 9.00 17.70 9.35 8.20 17.78 8.75 9.10 17.78 9.00 9.30 18.24 8.85 9.25 18.02 9.15 9.10 18.26 9.45 8.30 17.98 9.15 8.00 17.38

fLOOR 9.40 9.25 18.68 9.05 9.55 1850 8.50 9.45 17.76 8.65 9.50 17.98 9.00 9.00 18.00 8.35 8.65 16.94 9.05 9.35 18.34 8.90 9.45 18.24 9.00 9.05 18.04 9.30 9.05 18.40 9.20 8.50 17.84 8.65 9.25 17.78 8.40 9.20 17.44 8.60


17.60 8.60 8.80 17.36 8.95 9.35 18.22 8.35 9.15 17.34 8.35 9.10 17.30 8.60 9.00 17.52 8.25 8.15 16.42 8.65 9.00 17 .58 8.75 8.95 17.66

A.A. 37.05 37.55 74.500 36.65 37.15 73700 36.10 37 .95 · 73680 36.30 37.50 73.560 37.15 36.10 73.460 36.40 36.90 73200 36.25 37.05 73.140 36 .50 36.50 73.000 36.60 36 .35 73.000 36.60 36.30 72.960 36.40 36.55 72.920 35.40 37.30 72.320 35.60 36.85 72200 35.65 36.65 72.100 35.60 36.65 72.040 36.40 35.40 72.000 35.05 37.05 71.700 35.20 36.80 71680 35.40 36.50 71680 35.65 36.00 71580 35.85 35.65 71 .540 35.90 35.55 71520

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VAULT PRELIM. 9.525 9.475 9.475 9.600 9.375 9.375

FINAL 9.750 9.650 9.600 8.900 9.000 8.850

TOTAL 19 .275 19 .125 19 .075 18 .500 18 .375 18 .225


PRELIM. 9.500 9.525 9.500 9.575 9.400 9.500

FINAL 9.600 9.550 9.500 9.300 9.450 9.150

TOTAL 19 .100 19 .075 19 .000 18.875 18 .850 18 .650


PRELIM . 9.625 9.625 9.500 9.650 9.650 9.625

FINAL 9.800 9.800 9.700 9.000 8.850 8.750

TOTAL 19.425 19.425 19 .200 18.650 18 .500 18 .375




FINAL 9.600 9.650 9.500 9.350 9.325 9.300

TOTAL 19 .050 18 .950 18 .850 18.750 18 .725 18.700

PREliM . 9.675 9.675 9.600 9.475 9.450 9.400

FINAL 9.800 9.700 9.600 9.700 9.700 9.500

TOTAL 19.475 19 .375 19.200 19.1 75 19 .150 18 .900

PRELIM. 9.625 9.550 9.325 9.525 9.725 9.500

FINAL 9.800 9.750 9.700 9.450 8.950 9.150

TOTAL 19.425 19 .300 19.025 18.975 18.675 18.650




PRELIM . 9.450 9.300 9.350 9.400 9.400 9.400





\ Joyce Wilborn 1986 Women's National Vault Champion North Stars Gymnastics

Phil Cahoy 1986 National Pommel Horse Champion Univ. of Nebraska

Dan Hayden 1986 National High Bar and Rings Champion Gym Center of Tucson

Yolande Mavity 1986 National Floor Champion National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics

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PRELIM. 9.200 9.150 9.300 8.800 9.075 8.925

FINAL 9.400 9.350 9.100 9.400 9.000 9.150

TOTAL 18 .600 18 .500 18.400 18 .200 18.075 18 .075


PRELIM. 9.800 9.450 9.600 9.425 9.450 9.425

FINAL 9.625 9.575 9.300 9.425 9.325 9.225

TOTAL 19.425 19.025 18 .900 18 .850 18.775 18 .650


PRELIM . 9.200 9.225 9.175 9.150 9.150 9.175

FINAL 9.650 9.350 9.400 8.800 8.750 8.700

TOTAL 18.850 18.575 18 .575 17 .950 17 .900 17 .875

PRELIM. 9.300 9.375 9.275 9.225 9.425 9.350

FINAL 9.800 9.550 9.650 9.600 9.100 8.950

TOTAL 19 .100 18.925 18.925 18 .825 18 .525 18 .300



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Mending Broken Dreams


Disaster In Montreal Transforms To Triumph At Indianapolis By Mike Botkin s Jennifer Sey stood on the victor's platform after winning the all-around competition of the 1986 McDonald's Championships of the USA, there were tears in her eyes. In fact, there were tears in the eyes of many people who were involved with her dramatic comeback from a broken leg suffered during the 1985 World Championships. "Jennifer was ready to give the sport up," said Parkettes coach Donna Strauss. "She was down and it took a lot of courage for her to corne back into the gym. Once she decided to corne back, she was a very determined individual."


a good meet until she suffered a fall from bars which resulted in a factured right femur just above the knee. Frustration set in even before the plaster of her cast was dry. "I was gone for the World Championships only two weeks and when I carne back into the gym, I saw that the others (gymnasts) had learned so much and I couldn't even walk," said Sey. "That was frustrating but it made me want to work even harder." With fire in her eyes and the first of


several casts on her leg, Sey set about the task of trying to keep up. "I needed someone to push me and Mrs. Strauss is good at that. I think I push myself pretty hard but the coaches know how to push me. They know what my limitations are." Getting back into the swing was an immediate priority. "I began working on my flexibility and upper body strength while I had the cast on. I find that that extra work has helped me because I am stronger and more flexible than I have ever been."

, "Jennifer was ready to give the sport up," said Parkettes coach Donna Strauss. "She was down and it took a lot of courage for her to come back into the gym. Once she decided to come back, she was a very determined individual." ,


In 1985, Sey's talents peaked during the World Championship Team Trials . Making that team was a major goal of hers. During the World Championships, she competed with surprising poise and consistency for one whose international gymnastics experience was limited. She was having From injury il1 Montreal (in set) to joy in Indianapolis, Jenl1ifer Sey's remarkable comeback is complete. Now, as all-around champion of the USA , Sey has proven to herself as well as her Parkettes teammates that hard work does payoff. (USGF photo Š 1985 and 1986, by Dave Black).



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I , "You can't be lazy," Sey said. "I just had to keep working and actually looked at it (the injury) as a rest. Everyone has injuries." , After six weeks in her plaster prison, Sey busted out and limped directly to the uneven bars, the last apparatus she had participated on. "1 started on bars the day I got it (the cast) off. That was really frustrating and it took a lot of hard work," said Sey, who then added, " It wasn't always painless. " But Sey set her goals and attained them. The first was to get her leg to bend. "That took a long time," she said. "1 never thought it (her leg) would be right." Soon, she was able to tumble, and as her leg gained strength, so did her confidence. It then became time to reUSA Gymnastics

enter the world of competitions and in March, three months after her injury, she entered a zone meet. "1 came in first," she said. With the intention of qualifying for the Championships implanted firmly in her mind, Sey traveled to Provo, Utah for the American Classic. But injury followed her to the Rocky Mountains. "I sprained my ankle on vault in Utah and it has really bothered me ever since," Sey said. "1 was very worried about it during the Championships, especially on floor. It (the ankle) was really bothering me and after a layout pike on the first pass on floor, it hurt so much I finished with a watered down routine. I didn't want to take a chance. I wanted to make the Goodwill Games team." For her watered down set, Sey received a 9.25, which kept her in the lead. Of course, no athlete is immune to injury and that is certainly the case for Sey. "I'm getting used to the pain. I just put it out of my mind and I get done what I have to." With each injury, though, comes a

Leaping for joy on an ankle that wasn't so strong, SI!1J didn't tet the pain affect her performance. It was a confident and strong 5~J that took to the floor that day. (USGF photo Š 1986, InJ Dave Black).

new education and Sey has just received her master's degree. "1 have learned that you definitely have to come into the gym right away. I know it would have taken me 10 times longer to recuperate. "You can't be lazy," Sey said. "1 just had to keep working and actually looked at it (the injury) as a rest. Everyone has injuries. You just have to try hard not to get frustrated and curb those thoughts into making you go out and work harder. It is frustrating to see everybody doing things and you can't. Just don't let that stop you from working," she concluded. With the knowledge she possesses and her talent blooming, Sey will set her elevated sights on a new goal, a goal of traveling to the Orient and to possibly stand atop the victor's stand once again. 31

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Respect Next On Phillips' 'To Do' List



Junior All-Around Champ Eyeing Senior Spots

By Mike Botkin t first glance, it would appear Kristie Phillips and Rodney Dangerfield have nothing in common. But, upon closer scrutiny Phillips, like Dangerfield, feels she 'don't get no respect.' During the 1986 McDonald's Championships of the USA, Phillips entered the final


chapter in her book of national junior competitions with a first place allaround finish and now looks eagerly to the future. According to Phillips, life in the junior ranks is a little like the hazing a high school freshman would undergo. "They (the senior gymnasts) look at us as little juniors," said Phillips after her

all-around victory in the junior competition. "We (the juniors) have to get up early to practice and the seniors get to practice in the night time when they are more awake. They look down on us and it's not fair." Phillips' coach, Bela Karolyi, feels that once his gymnast passes the magic age of 15 and advances into the senior ranks, she will be demanding a lot of respect. "Kristie is stronger, compulsory and optional, than any gymnast in the country," said Karolyi. Looking at her winning all-around score (75.140), Phillips' total was higher than that of senior all-around champion Jennifer Sey (74.500).


'Phillips' coach Bela Karolyi, feels that once his gymnast passes the magic age of 15 and advances into the senior ranks, she will be demanding a lot of respect. "Kristie is stronger, compulsory and optional, than any gymnast in the country," said Karolyi.' Teammate and best friend of Phillips. Phoebe Mills will also fall into that category . Mills total all-around A relaxed Kristie Phil/ips smiles with Coach Marta Karolyi after seeing her bars score of9.30 flashed. It is Marta's expertise in dance that enabled Phillips to score a 9.70 on that event during the Championships. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).


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July/August 1986 score of 74.720 was good for second place and she actually led Phillips going into the optional round . "I am very surprised with Pheobe to be challenging Kristie," said Karolyi. "To be actually challenging her for the title just shows how very ready we are." Another Karolyi product that was challenging for the title was Julissa 0 ' Anne Gomez. But a short dismount on bars and the resulting 8.70 score gave Robin Carter, of Go Gymnastics, the opportunity to slip into third place with a very steady all-around score of 73.200 . The fall slipped Gomez to fourth . "Our standing is very good and very promising," Karolyi said . "I know we gonna make it for sure, we have a good bunch of kids. We are real, real glad (at the standings) because we have struggled through a long season. Kristie put forth a great effort." Phillips' surge during the optional round to catch, and then pass, Mills was filled with great routines. She began with her weakest routine of the day with a 9.30 on bars but still gained ground by virtue of Mills' fall on her bars dismount (9.05). Up to the point of the fall, Mills' routine was reminiscent of the great performances by former Karolyi gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Julianne McNamara . Carter posted the highest mark of the meet on bars with her steady 9.50 routine. After a rock-steady 9.80 on beam, which includes her crowd-pleasing reverse planche to straddle reverse planche, Phillips put the competition away in the third event, floor, unveiling a bright, snappy new routine and scoring a 9.70. Her two best performances were done under the most pressure, according to Phillips . "I was really scared for floor and beam. My floor was a whole new routine." Her dismount from floor was a solid roundoff flip-flop into a double full.

Phoebe Mills unveiled a new floor exercise rou tine fo r th e Championships . For her perforll1al1ce she scored a 9.65 . Mills battled teall1 mate Kristie Phillips for the all-aroul1d title only to fil1ally be overpowered by her best fr iel1d. (USGF photo Š 1986, by Dave Black).

(Story/results continued on page 34) USA Gymnastics


July/August 1986 Mills floor performance was also a Phillips accepted the gold medal as new routine sculptured after that of in- 1986 Junior National Champion. A ternational star Daniela SiIivas of household name even before her Romania . Accentuating her 9.65 senior career begins, Phillips flashed a routine were cute dance steps on high big smile and waved heartily to the toes and steady tumbling. gathered throngs who cheered her every step. Chances are that for this risWith screams that used to be re- ing gymnast, she will gain the respect served for Mary Lou Retton shower- of gymnasts all over the world before ing down upon the floor exercise mat, her career is over.



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JUNIOR'S (WEIGHTED ••• COMPo60% I OPT. 40%) 1986 USGF/McDONALD'S CHAMPIONSHIPS OF THE U.S.A. Indianapolis, Indiana VAULT BARS BEAM FLOOR COMP: 9.30 8.65 9.65 9.35 Karolyi's Kristie Phillips OPT : 9.70 9.30 9.80 9.70 TOTAL: 18.92 17.82 19.42 18.98 9.45 Karolyi's COMP: 9.10 9.15 9.30 Phoebe Mills 9.65 OPT : 9.70 9.05 9.50 TOTAL: 18.68 18.22 18.76 19.06 9.15 8.95 COMP: 8.75 9.25 Robin Lynn Carter Go 9.20 9.30 Gymnastics OPT : 9.35 9.50 TOTAl: 17.98 18.70 18.34 18.18 9.00 9.05 COMP: 9.25 9.30 Julissa O'Anne Gomez Karolyi's 9.30 OPT : 9.05 8.70 9.40 TOTAL: 18.34 18.12 18.32 18.30 COMP: 8.90 9.05 8.65 8.90 ChriSty Henrich Great 9.10 OPT : 8.60 9.25 905 American TOTAL: 17.56 18.08 18.10 17.66 8.65 COMP: 9.00 8.40 8.90 Lisa Panzironi Parkettes 9.30 OPT: 9.10 9.05 9.35 18.16 17.82 TOTAl: 18.08 17.32 8.90 8.80 8.70 Capital Gym COMP: 8.80 Sheryl Dundas 9.45 8.55 OPT : 8.90 9.25 TOTAl: 17.68 18.08 18.12 17.28 8.40 Puget Sound COMP: 9.20 8.50 8.70 Kelly Baker 9.35 OPT : 9.20 8.85 8.85 TOTAL: 18.40 17.28 17.52 17.56 8.85 8.60 Sunja Knapp Berks COMP: 9.20 8.25 9.20 OPT : 9.25 9.05 8.45 TOTAl: 18.44 17.l4 17.38 17.68 8.70 Lisa Lazar Parkettes COMP: 9.10 8.65 8.80 8.65 OPT : 9.30 9.25 8.10 TOTAl: 18.36 17.78 17.04 17.36 8.60 COMP: Nadya Mason Marvateens 8.75 8.60 8.80 OPT : 9.15 9.00 8.75 9.05 TOTAl: 17.82 17.52 17.56 17.56 8.60 COMP: 8.85 8.60 9.00 Debbie Gondek Parkettes OPT : 8.95 9.15 8.60 8.70 TOTAL: 17.78 17.64 17.68 17.28 8.30 Danna Lister Gym Country COMP: 8.60 8.65 8.85 9.00 OPT : 8.95 8.70 8.55 TOTAl: 17.48 17.34 17.46 17.16 COMP: 8.60 8.05 8.85 8.60 Keri Duley Marvateens OPT: 8.90 8.60 8.75 9.00 TOTAl: 17.44 16.54 17.62 17.52 8.85 8.70 8.20 Jenny Donaldson Rocky COMP: 8.90 Mountain OPT : 9.00 8.65 8.30 8.40 TOTAL: 17.88 17.54 17.08 16.56 Tracy Richard Parkettes COMP: 8.55 8.35 9.00 8.30 OPT: 8.60 8.75 905 8.35 TOTAL: 17.14 17.02 1804 16.64 8.45 Gym-Queens COMP: 8.05 8.70 7.80 Kim Sisler 9.05 8.65 9.05 OPT: 8.70 TOTAl: 16.62 17.68 17.06 16.60 International COMP: 8.95 8.55 7.70 770 Wendy Bruce 8.85 OPT : 9.25 9.10 8.30 TOTAl: 18.14 17.54 15.88 16.32 7.95 GymnastiCS COMP: 8.60 8.40 8.55 Traci Crover West OPT : 8.80 8.65 7.75 8.15 TOTAL: 17.36 17.00 16.46 1606 COMP: 8.25 8.60 8.35 Karen Dalton Almaden 8.70 0.00 0.00 Valley OPT : 0.00 0.00 TOTAl: 10.44 9.90 10.32 1002 COMP: Deenia Dale Great 000 8.40 8.65 0.00 9.05 0.00 American OPT : 0.00 8.70 0.00 1704 17.62 0.00 TOTAl:


36.95 38.50 75.140 37.00 37.90 74.720 36.10 37.35 73200 36.60 36.45 73.080 35.50 36.00 71.400 34.95 36.80 71380 35.20 36. 15 7Ll60 34.80 36.25 70.760 34.90 35.95 70.640 35.25 35.30 70.540 34.75 35.95 70.460 35.05 35.40 70.380 34.40 35.20 69.440 34.10 35.25 69.120 34.65 34.35 69.060 34.20 34.75 68.840 33.00 35.45 67.960 32.90 35.50 67.880 33.50 33.35 66.880 33.90 0.00 40.680 17.05 17.75 34.660



By Gary Anderson

he competitions with the Republic of South Africa turned out to be very successful for the American delegation participating. During the course of the trip, there were two competitions with the South African National Team. The first was held in Johannesburg, Apri112, 1986 and the second was at the University of Pretoria Apri119, 1986. Vault was the first event and the American squad was the first up . Patti Massoels performed two excellent handspring front tucks and finished with a 9.55. Corrine Wright performed her usually strong vaults and received the high score of 9.60. Tracy Butler got the team off to a great start on bars as she hit her routine solid for a 9.65. Her routine included a deltchev, giants and a double full dismount. Butler picked right Up with a full piroette, giants, deltchev and a double back flyaway for a 9.70. The USA women won the meet with a resounding 186.00 to 178.45 total. The men won equally as easily defeating the South Africans 271.05 to 258.70. The USA took one through six in the all-around with Lance Ringnald first (54.70), Ted Dimas second (54.65), Bobby Stetler third (54.05), Patrick Kirksey fourth (53.45), Emilio Marrero fifth (53.05) and Brian Halstead sixth (52.95). In Pretoria, the women began vault with a bang. Kim Hurley had beautiful layout tsuks for identical 9.50' S . The USA men did equally as well hitting on 91 percent of their routines. Dominick Minicucci was inserted for an injured Marrero and did a great job. The team took top honors by a 275.45 to 262.05 count and also took the top five spots in the all-around. Since individual and team awards were a combination of the two meets, it came out the USA men won 21 of 21 medals and the Silver Plaque team trophy. It was almost the same story for the women as they took 13 of 15 medals and won the team competition by a 186.50 to 181.15 score. Massoels won the all-around (76.10) while Butler placed second (76.05). USA Gymnastics



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What Could Be Stronger? By Michael Henty f only the United States could become unified in its philosophies and teaching techniques, then we could consistently compete with the top nations in the world. It has been proven that there is strength in numbers and if the gymnastics community in America could come together and unite, we would be powerful in the gymnastics world year after year, not once in every 10th Olympiad. The Eastern Block nations have its gymnasts training the same way and the coaches agree what should be emphasized. The gymnasts have an extreme desire to be their best and are willing to make sacrifices. Our country needs to let go of their egos and come together for the benefit of our program. I used to hear myself saying these things until I received the survey I sent out to our top junior boys and their coaches asking them to respond to questions concerning training, atti.tudes, philosophies, practice structure and their feelings about the success they have achieved as members of the U.S. Junior Olympic team. The question I asked concerning the number of hours the gymnasts trained were similar in that most practiced five to six days per week and three to four hours per day depending upon their situation. The coaches had the gymnasts working three to four events a day with the extra event being pommel horse or a basic tumbling session. I asked the coaches what they emphasized in practice and the majority stressed basics, most of the timenew skills in the off season and routines before upcoming competitions. "I emphasize proper technique and correct basics over early execution of difficult moves," wrote one of the respondents. The coaches agreed that a gymnast's attitude and desire were most important in achieving any level of success. Each coach stated his general philosophy and seemed to preach a similar sermon to try and teach their gymnast to be their best, to preserve and never



give up. They felt that every gymnast with determination could accomplish their goals if realistic to the individual. One coach added: "As a man thinketh, so is he." Another coach shared: "Gymnastics is a very complex activity. To reach the highest levels, it takes tremendous commitment and dedication. I try to encourage my students to lead a normal social life. I don't want them to think, later on, that they missed their youth due to gymnastics. "What I care," the same coach added, "is that later when they evaluate their life, they will feel that it has been richer thanks to gymnastics and they then feel the pride of those who have been involved with a very long and arduous travel and at the end, they secretly know they finished better than they started. Gymnastics, as oriental martial arts, is not only a physical discipline, but also a mental and spiritual one. Gymnastics for some is just another way to experience the truth of life." The gymnasts were also together in their answers. Most thought about their training prior ¡to practice in a positive perspective and set daily goals before entering the gym. They all had short and long term goals with many having an Olympic dream. If they had a bad practice they would let it go and have faith tomorrow would be a better day. When asked what they would have to do to be the best possible gymnasts they could be they all realized they had to commit themselves and be dedicated to the sport. The majority of the gymnasts expressed that they enjoyed competition and being the center of attention. They also used some sort of mental imagery prior to competing. I asked each gymnast if they were a coach what advice would they give their gymnasts and many paralled this gymnast's feelings: "They need to have it in their hearts, it can't just come from their coach." When asked why they keep coming back day after day the challenge and love of the sport prevailed. "It's that feeling that's in you, the

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desire to be the best in this sport, the fun, even when it is hard in the gym. I just keep going . "To start with, I have a good body for gymnastics-small, maybe not quite like Brian Ginsberg, but it does the trick. I haven't burn out from working too much. I like gymnastics and I think I'm primarily selfmotivated. I'm not doing it for my coach, family or the U.S.G.F., I'm doing it for ME!" Almost every gymnast mentioned their coach as one of the reasons attributing to their accomplishments. "I think the credit goes to my coach who gets mad at me when I don't try hard enough. He also gives me the confidence I am lacking in myself. "My first coach kindled the fire of desire and gave me my first feeling of accomplishment. And most is because of my coach now!" After reading all of the surveys I realized I was reading the same thing. Our top junior gymnasts and their coaches are basically together. We may be distant from each other spread across the country in our private gyms, but we are united in heart, thoughts and feelings ... what could be stronger? USA Gymnastics





July/August 1986

1986 Moscow News/Riga

Soviets Rekindle Relationships By David M. Bresnahan Men's Competition fter a two-year absence, the United States returned to the Moscow News and Riga competitions in the Soviet Union. These competitions not only provided an opportunity to reopen our relationships, but also to observe gymnasts from many eastern block nations. Bob Gauthier was the single male gymnast selected to represent the US. With one day to prepare and little sleep, Gauthier watered down his routines and settled for 33rd place in the Moscow News meet. In Riga, he improved to 15th and made finals in three events. The main attraction of the Moscow News was 14-year-old Soviet Alexander Kolyvanov. Had he not fallen from a handstand on rings, resulting in an 8.85, he would have won rather than placing fourth (56.75) . The Soviets showed outstanding tumbling with double layouts and fullins (some piked). All cowboyed their tuck doubles to dismount because of the hard floor mat (not a spring floor) . Fan Min of China won floor in Moscow with a high double side, a double twist punch front and a double layout dismount. Pommel horse was exciting in both meets. Kolyvanov used a Magyar travel, a half spindle on one pommel, and a handstand pirouette dismount. The other Soviets did excellent onepommel work, a variety of travels from end to end, and handstands in the middle and end of routines. The Soviets showed solid swing, handstands, and strength on rings. Marius Tobe of Romania finished second using a double front to handstand to a whip it to cross and a piked full-in dismount. Kolyvanov won parallel bars in Moscow with an outstanding routine--kip handstand to heli, back toss, back toss, stutz hand, giant hand (with no knee bend), peach glide to the end of the rails, giant hand, giant to full-in dismount. The Soviets showed solid swing and skills like: heli, heli, very high back stutz-toss, toss, double pike-solid diamadovs


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and stutzes-straight arm peaches-giant swings-and double full. High bar in Moscow was won by Soviet Ravil Adeev using a one-arm fly half, reverse hecht, and the stock Russian dismount-a triple. Soviet Vladimir Novikov used two consecutive reverse hechts and the triple to place second. Kim Chel Nam of North Korea used a fly one and a half catch and a tuck double double to tie for third with East German Ralph Kvast. Kvast used a high release over the bar followed immediately by a full twist over the bar, dismounting with a double front half out. By Gabor Deli Women's Competition The all-around winner, Oksana Averkova (USSR), won the meet because of consistency and lack of mistakes, however, her balance beam routine with two major wobbles with a 9.6 score was a gift. She's a mature gymnast, graceful, with an excellent bar routine . She is a true senior, international competitor at age 15. The second place winner, Augustina Badea (ROMANIA) is a super talented gymnast with an excellent background . Her floor exercise routine is very mature for her age and very clean. This also applies to her

beam routine and uneven bar routine. Her weakness is in vaulting. The other second place winner, Svetlana Lebedinskia (USSR), is an excellent gymnast at age 14. Her floor exercise routine is very artistic. She would have won the meet if she hadn't fallen on her very difficult first pass in her floor exercise routinr Fourth place winner, Natalia Lasconova (USSR), is an up and comerwatch out for her in the future. She will be graceful, powerful, and a true champion in the years to come. Lasconova made some major mistakes on her balance beam and that is why she came in fourth. On the vaulting, in finals , she did a round-off, lay-out double full. The rest of the competitors did not come close in their ability to match the Soviet talent. Jennifer Hagberg (USA) in spite of the fact this was her first major international competition, did an excellent job in finishing 13th allaround out of 64 competitors . She made finals on floor exercise, with a 9.65 in the all-around competition . She was an alternate in the uneven bars finals. Her floor exercise includes round-off, flip-flop , full-in, round-off, flip-flop, double full, and round-off, flip-flop, double pike. Her cuteness and shortness matched the stature of the Soviet gymnasts.

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Gymnastrum Wins Sixth NBI he 1986 version of the National Boys Invitations (NBI) championships was everything a connoisseur of excellent gymnastics could anticipate. The 11th edition of the NBI was under the management of the Parkett-Gymnastrum Parent Organization and had 375 gymnasts competing in an environment which was both inspirational and gratifying. The first segment of the schedule was the Team Cup Classic where Gymnastrum of Allentown, PA outpaced a field of 12 entrants to take its sixth Cup in nine years. Surgents Elite School of Gymnastics from Cranford, N.J. and Omni Boys Team from Bartlesville, OK finished second and third respectively. Leading the Gymnastrum team was Licurgo Diaz Sandi, winner of the al1around and the meet's special award for "Originality." The top 12 competing teams were: Gymnastrum; Surgents; Omni; Crenshaw; Ellis; Minnesota; Gymnastics Plus; Genesee Valley; Gym Flairs; Central Bucks; N .E. Gym-Ken and Phillips 66. In addition to the NBI Team Cup, the age-group all-around and team competition, the USGF Men's Senior Elite was won by Bob Gauthier with a total score of 109.55, enough to qualify him for the 1986 McDonald's Championships of the USA. Special recognition was in order for Gymnastrum gymnast Ronald Rash who competed in his 10th consecutive meet.


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10 and Under All-Around Joseph Duda Sur ents Elite Peter Landry An y Valley Diego Lizardi Puerto Rico Doug Stibel Farrnin~ton Peter Masucci World up Duane Holland Pancott


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ym Flairs Andy Valley Surgents Elite

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13 - 14 All-Around Scott Barnes Gymnastrum Sumner Darling Culbertson Mike Masucci World Cup Jim Delaney World CUR Andrew Freidman Monmout David Levinson Monmouth

50.60 50.45 49.65 49.55 49.55 48.80

Members of the NB I Championship are: kneeling Luis Lopez, back row left to right; Ron Rash, Adam Cooper, Scott Barns and Licurgo Diaz Sandi. These ll1nast are members of the Gymnastrum Club. Photo by R.H. Cooper).



Team Champions 1. ~mnastrum 2. orld Cup 3. New England Gym-Ken 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

149.25 139.40 138.10

15 - 16 All-Around Greg Zeiders Phillips Licurgo Diaz Sandi Gymnastrum Richard PuIs fort Surgents Elite Minnesota Leif Carlson Gymnastics Plus Adam Carton Surgents Elite Mark Brodman

50.75 50.35 50.20 50.10 50.05 50.00

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17 - 18 All-Around International Tim Rxan Gymnastrum Ronal Rash Dan Zimpfer ~mnastics Plus exico Alexandre Peniche Crenshaw Jeff Dow Spinner 6. Mike Racanelli Deer Park

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53.80 52.85 51.80 50.60 50.35 50.25

Team Champions 150.65 145.85 143.20


1. Ellis School of Gymnastics 2. Gymnastrum 3. D.C. Stars

137.00 136.45 113.60


50,000 Athlete Member Signed The USGF Membership Department would like to announce the signing of the 50,000 athlete member-{l/1 all-time nigh. He is Marc Garard (leN, age 13 of Columbus, Indiana. Marc is the


son of William and Phyllis Garard and he attends the seventh grade at Northside Middle School. He is a Class III gymnast at the Columbus Gymnastics Center and is coached by former Pan American Games gymnast Brent Simmons (right). Marc enjoys collecting comic books and stamps. He also enJoys using tne home computer for cateloging his comics, enhancing his homework and trying out new video games. Congratulations Marc.

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Bulgaria Dominates Again At French RSG International Tournament By Candace Feinberg hirty countries competed at this high-level competition in Corbeil, France with Bulgaria exhibiting the ultimate entertain-


ment. The USA delegation was comprised of athletes Diane Simpson from Lincolnwood, illinois, and Karyn Lyon of Princeton University. Irina Vdovets served as coach and Candace Feinberg acted as a judge. Simpson turned in the best U.S. finish with an all-around score of 37.675--30th place out of 80 competitors. She performed an excellent routine with clubs receiving a 9.675, missing finals by .03. The world champion Bulgarians achieved a total of 10 marks of 10.0! Their extreme amplitude of body

Diane Simpson , top USA finisher at 30th out of 80 competitors.

movements, originality in elements and music, and theatrical expression kept them in a class of their own. Velicka Boneva performed an interesting ball routine to a harmonica. But it was her ribbon routine, set to an African drum beat which was the favorite. She portrayed a jungle animal with very unique jumps and leaps and twisted body positions. Bianka Panova performed triple piroettes to a balanced scale without a flaw in every routine. USSR came with one athlete, Tatiana Druchinina who had simple but very elegant, routines. She finished in a tie for third place with Tzvetamira Filipova of Bulgaria. Panova's consistency put her in first place and Boneva in second.

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Class IV 7-9 All-Around Aaron Williston----Oklahoma School of Gymnastics-Tulsa Regan Freeman----Omni-Tulsa Kenny Hines-Gymnastics Chalet-Norman 10-over All-Around Eric Bostwick-Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Justin Howelf--Enid Twisters-Enid Chris Hudson---Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Team Results Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Oklahoma School of Gymnastics-Tulsa Omni-Tulsa Class III 10-12 All-Around Chad Duncan-Mid-America Gymnastics-Oklahoma City Bradley Killman-Mid-America Gymnastics-Oklahoma City Kyle Johnson---Gymnastics Chalet-Nqrman 13-over All-Around Justin Ratzliff-Dmni-Tulsa Jamie Banks-Phillips 6&-Bartlesville David Sutton----Omni-Tulsa Team Results Mid-America-Dklahoma City Omni-Tulsa Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Class II 13-15 All-Around Kirk Johnson---Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Paul DeBow Omni-Tulsa Carter Pope--Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Class 1116-18 All-Around Don Wheeless Mid)America-Dklahoma City Mitch Franklin----Omni-Tulsa Kelly Alexander-Mid-America-Dklahoma City Team Results Gymnastics Chalet-Norman Omni-Tulsa Oklahoma School of Gymnastics-Tulsa Class I John Padgett-Dmni-Tulsa Greg Baldridge-{)mni-Tulsa Rusty Schillinger-Dmni-Tulsa

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Team 1. Omni-Tulsa 2. Phillips 66--Bartlesville

Total Team Championship 1. Omni-Tulsa 2. Phillips 66--Bartlesville 3. Gymnastics Chalet-Norman




PLACE Pictured above are the Class II winners at the recent Oklahoma Boys USGF State Championships held at the Gymnastics Chalet, Norman , the home of Bart Conner. From the left are the teams from Omni Gymnastics in Tulsa (2nd place), Gymnastics Chalet, Norman (1st place) and Oklahoma School of Gymnastics, Tulsa (3rd place) . The meet was sponsored Int Dodge and McDonald's . The Dodge sponsorship was in conJunction with the USGF Nationa1 Age Group Program and local assIstance was provided by Hudiburg Dodge. The McDonald's sponsorshIp was a result of the relationship between the corporation and the senior national program. Local assistance was provided by Charlie Altom's McDonald's of Norman .


July/August 1986

Cuba Dominates Tournament By Yoshi Hayasaki University of Illinois Men's Gymnastics Coach ay 26th, six members of the U.S.A. delegation to Moncada International Gymnastics Tournament, arrived in Havana, Cuba. The bus full of gymnasts and officials, including the U .S.S.R., Hungary, Cuba and the U.S.A. slowly traveled seven hours to the competition site in Ciego De Avila . The U.S.A. team of Kevin Davis, of Nebraska, Tigran Mkchyan, of Illinois, and Lenny Lucarello, of Iowa started the competition on floor exercise with two East German gymnasts, Paschke and Hempel. Lucarello got off with a solid start with 9.20 on floor. Mkchyan performed a clean routine, but lack of height in tumbling dropped him to 9.10. Davis received the first large applause of the meet when he performed flair spindle to break on the floor. Davis's routine was clean and exciting which earned him 9.40 to advance to the finals . On pommel horse both Mkchyan and Davis performed with some beautiful flair work to earn 9.40' s . Lucarello made a costly mistake in his mount to receive 8.35. Both Mkchyan and Davis advanced to finals on this event. Horizontal bar was no question the best event for the U.S.A. All three made their release moves, including Mkchyan's one arm geinger, Davis's front and Lucarello's regular geinger were clean, and had some nice amplitude . Their dismounts, Lucarello' s double layout, half-in, half-out for Davis and Mkchyan, were all clean and a solid landings, Mkchyan and Lucarello both earned 9.35, and Davis scored 9.50 to advance to the finals for his fourth event. All-Around Davis placed 9th with his all-around total of 55.70. Mkchyan was 17th with 54.00 and Lucarello placed 19th with 53.75 . Finals Floor Exerice: Suarez of Cuba won the event with his amazing height and amplitude on his tumbling. Davis took 4th with his best effort of 9.55. Pommel Horse: Amador of Cuba 42

performed a stock routine with only one D move which was a handstand dismount with feet toge ther. He scored 9.60 to win the event. Davis tied Amador's score, and earned a silver medal in this event. Rings: Amador of Cuba scored 9.70 on the finals to win his second gold. His triple back somersault dismount was quite impressive as he stuck it cold. Vault: This was the most advanced event of the entire competition. Again the Cubans were awesome on this event, as Suarez performed a one arm full twisting Tsukahara in piked position for his first vault and did the same vault in tucked position for his second vault. He stuck both landings cold, to score of 9.85 . Frago of Cuba was second with his handspring double front which he took one giant step forward. His second vault was one arm handspring front brani-out. His aver-

age score was 9.65. Peniche of Mexico was third with his outstanding one arm fuJI twisting Tsukahara in piked position, and the other in layout position. Parallel bars: The event was somewhat disappointing with no outstanding performance. Paschke did 1% back somersault between the bars, but otherwise a stock routine. Hempel of East Germany won the event with 9.55, which had only one D move, pike double dismount. High bar: Davis had another outstanding performance in the event to earn another medal for the U.S.A. His finals score of 9.60 was the second highest of the night and received bronze. Suarez and Csabo of Hungary tied for first with 9.65 . Csabo performed his well known one arm recatch on his geinger and yaeger, was the most creative gymnast of the competition.




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BULL.TIN Coaches Needed Olympic Gymnastics Training Center in New Orleans (under construction) is seeking applications for the following positions: Head Gymnastics Coach; Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach; Tumbling Coach; Physical Fitness Coach; Assistant Coaches, gymnastics and sports acrobatics; Gymnastics Choreographer. Send complete resume to Coach Jurek Pol, 1825 Admiral Nelson Drive, Slidell, LA., 70461 or call for information at (504) 889-3139 or (504) 643-3635. Coach/Instructor Needed Full-time position to teach classes and coach teams. Looking for enthusiastic, responsible person possibly with dance and/or rhythmic background. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume or call: Kokomotion USA, 210 East Alto Road, Kokomo, IN ., 46902 (317) 453-7461. Positions Available Coaching-Teaching Dunkleys Gym Tots and Gymnastics is looking for full-time and part-time instructors (preschool through 18 years) and Class I, II, III coaches. Jobs available beginning of September 1986, salary commensurate with experience, ample benefits, college degree preferred . Send resume and/or call for additional information. Dunkleys Gymnastics, 21 Berard Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05401 (801) 863-4714. Women's Coach Needed Great Opportunity for dedicated coach/instructor, looking for a secure position in a well established women's gymnastics program in a rural suburb of Charlotte, N.C. Excellent working environment in a beautiful, fully equipped facility. Positions available from prescnool through Class 1. Contact: Carolina Gymnastics Centre, 4314 Hashanli Place, Matthews, N.C. 28105 (704) 545-FLIP.

July/August 1986 Position Available Full or part-time. Choreography and dance background and compulsory knowledge required. Help build the growmg team of a recently purcnased 8-year-old club in a very nice area of Northern California. Salary dependent on experience. Contact Bob Manna, NVGc. 1836 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA 94559 (707) 2245140. Position Available Immediate opening for team coach: Girls Class III-I plus age-group classes and preschool. New 12,000 foot fully equipped gym. Boys and girls competitive teams. Send resume to: Broadway Gymnastics School, Inc. , 1657 12th Street, Santa Monica, CA. 90404 (213) 4500012.

Position Available Instructors needed for dance, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics at new dance and gymnastics facility in Midwest City, OK. Pay commensurate WIth experience. Call Teresa Malone at (405) 736-0695 or send resume to The Dance Spectrum, 10335 Le Jean Dr., Midwest City, OK 73130. Position Available Head boys coach (Class II, III, IV), Co-Coach of Class I & II girls wanted. Successful program, several state regional champs. brand" new 10,000 sq. ft. facility with in-ground pits in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Salary negotiable. Send resumes with references to Yvonne (Sam) Sandrnire Bosslet, P.O. Box 602, Helena, MT 59624. 406-442-1840.

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Women's Coach Needed Ed Franz-head coach at San Diego State University-is looking to hire a male to coach his women's Class I and elite programs. This individual needs to be a good specialist, especially on bars, vaulting and tumDling. This person will work in close contact with Darla Franz. Applications should be directed to: Ed Franz, Department of PhYSical Education, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182. Gymnastics Supervisor Needed Jewish Community Center of Houston. Administer and supervise full-scale gymnastics program : beginning through Class lIT team. Supervision of full-time head coach, numerous part-time coaches. Send vitae with references to Barry Schumer, P.E. Director, JCC of Houston, 5601 South Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096. Position Available Part-time gymnastics coach/instructor wanted for teaching girls class IV, III and II levels. Head coach position possible. Salary negotiable. Send resume to Lmda Chambers, 120 Marshall St., Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, 19348. Reunion First Annual Southern Illinois University reunion to be held in conjunction with the USGF Congress in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 2428th. Register at the Adams Mark Hotel for SIU floor. Please send all names and addresses you have to; Terry Spencer's World of Gymnastics 6784 Hawthorn l'ark Dr. Indianapolis, In. 46220 (317) 842-7630 Spread the word and be there!

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Brazil Cup (M/W) Rhythmic Devel~ment Training Cam 5-20 Junior Men's uropean Tour(M) 6-12 Antibes-Toulon (M/W) 14-30 South American Tour (M/W) 20-26 Grass Roots Development Caml) ar Boys) '21-31 RSG Elite evelopment Trainin.y Cam.r, 28-SeptSenior earn raining Cam~ (M) 1 3O-SeptWor d Cup (M/W) 1 "TBA "Junior Womens Training Camp (W)



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Cuperus Cup (M) Junior Women's Training Cam~ (W) 8-13 Joaquirn lume (M/W) 17-19 World Cup (R) 21-27 Cup of Grunwald (M) *TBA "Senior Womens Trainina Camp (W) TBA •• SNSwisslHolland

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August 1-15 3-21

March 7-8



Antwe1c' Belgium Colora 0 Spnngs, CO Barcelona, Spain Tokyo, Japan Poland *TBA

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General Points Of Information

Saturday, August 23, 1986 1. Jamaica, New York 9:00am-5:00pm Hilton Hotel at JFK Airport 138-10 135th Avenue Jamaica, NY 11436 Course Director: Paul Spadaro-718-816-6287 Hotel Contact: Hilton Hotel at JFK-718-322-8700 This course will be carried out during the USGF Coach in\} Symposium 2. Sacramento, California 10:00am-5:00pm Holiday Inn NE 5321 Date Avenue Sacramento, CA Course Director: James Stephenson--W: 916-635-8930 Hotel Contact: Holiday Inn--916-338-5800

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Cable, Wisconsin Tsukara Camp This course will be carried out during the USGF Coaching Symposium

Sunday, September 14, 1986 Henriefta (Rochester), New York 9:00am-3:00pm Henrietta Gymnastics Training Center Dome Arena Building 2 Henrietta, NY 14627 Course Director: Sarah Jane Bernhardt-716-334-9748

Saturday, September 20, 1986 1. Madison, Wisconsin 9:00am-4:00pm Armory Building Uni. 01 Wisconsin , Madison Course Director: Ralph Druecke-W: 414-782-3430 H: 414-691-3398 Local Contact: Mark Pflughoeft-W: 608-262-6370 H: 608-838-9825 2. Sacramento, California 10:00am-5:00pm Holiday Inn NE 5321 Date Avenue Sacramento, CA Course Director: James Stephenson--W: 916-635-8930 Hotel Contact: Holiday Inn--916-338-5800

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The testing book for the Certification Course is the USGF Safety Manual. The course will take approximately six hours, including the test. The Course fee is $100,00 (retest cost is $25,00) . Certification is good for four years.

Everyone Needs To Be Safety Certified 1. 2. 3. 4.

Promotes a safer teaching/learning environment. Reduces insurance premiums. Identifies your commitment to your profession, your sport and your athletes. Implementation of stricter safety practices will help reduce the chances of accidents and/or injuries, 5. Helps in membership recruitment.

Dates, Times and Locations will all be listed in USA GymnastiCS. They can also be checked by calling the USGF Department of Safety and Education at (317) 638-8743, An enrollment limit of 100 has been placed for each course. First come, first served (based on postmark of registration) _ Call course contact for more details.

September 24-28, 1986-During the USGF Congress in St. Louis, Missouri 1. Thursday, September 25th 12:00 noon-7:00pm . Adams Mark Hotel Fourth and Chestnut SI. Louis, MO 63102 Course Director: Ray Overman--314-569-1179 Hotel Contact: Adams Mark HoteI-314-241 -7400 2. Sunday, September 28th 9:00am-4:00pm Adams Mark Hotel Fourth and Chestnut SI. Louis, MO 63102 Hotel Contact: Adams Mark HoteI-314-241-7400 "Registration for either of the two courses to be conducted at the USGF Congress should be directed to the United States Gymnastics Federation, 1099 North Meridian #380, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-638-8743

Friday, October 10, 1986 Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 9:00am-5:00pm MI. Laurel Hilton During the Region VII Gymnastics Convention Course Director: Paul Spadaro-718-816-6287 Local Contact: Pat Pangi-201-735-8978

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Saturday, October 11, 1986 Minneapolis, Minnesota 9:00am-4:00pm Cooke Hall Uni. 01 Minnesota, Minneapolis Course Director: Ralph Druecke-W: 414-782-3430 H: 414-691-3398 Local Contact: Fred Roethlisberger-W: 612-625-9567 H: 612-436-8365

Saturday, November 8, 1986 Lake George, New York 9:00am-5:00pm Sagamore Hotel During the Region VI Gymnastics Congress Course Directors: Dr. Gerald George-W: 318-231-5681 H: 318-988-1220 Paul Spadaro-718-816-6287 Local Contact: Kathy Feldmann--617 -784-5830

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