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McDoNALD'S AMERICAN CUP ................... 21 Kerri Strug and John Roethlis-berger won the 1996 McDonald's American Cup in Ft. Worth, Texas. The USA men swept the field taking first through fourth all-around in preliminaries and winning every event!

McDONALD'S INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS ................... 24 The McDonald's International Gymnastics Championships utilized a male gymnast, female gymnast and rhythmic gymnast. The trio from Belarus made up of Andrei Kan, Svetlana Boguinskaia and rhythmic gymnast Eugenia Pavlina won the inaugural event.

BUDGET RENT A CAR GYMNASTICS INVITATIONAL ............ .......................... 26 Strong ]2erforman~es~)' both the men and women in the__ Budget Rent a Car Gymnastics Invitational at the Miami Arena helped Team USA win the title over France on April 6.



Kerri Strug is a five-time World Championships Team Member and a 1992 Olympian. Most recently she won the 1996 McDonald's American Cup. We talked to Kerri about her training and future goals.

To BEAM OR NOT To BEAM ...... ..... ...... 1 2 That four-inch wide, six-foot long apparatus known in gymnastics circles world wide as the beam, stands in the way of many gymnasts, yet brings out the best in many others. Read how other gymnasts have dealt with this apparatus. Above right: John Roethlisberger with coach Fred Raethlisberger Above: Kerri Strug with coach Bela Karolyi

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USA Gymnastics Executive Committee Chair: Sandy Knapp; Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board: Roe Kreutzer; President: Kathy Scanlan; Secretary: Mike Milidonis; Vice Chair Women: N ancy Marshall; Vice Chair Men: Tim Daggett; Vice Chair Rhythmic: Candace Feinberg; FIG Women's Technical Committee: Jackie Fie; FIG Rhythmic Technical Committee: Andrea Schmid-Shapiro; FIG Men's Technical Committee: Bill Roetzheim; At large Members: Jim Hartung, Joan Moore-Gnat; Athlete Directors: Tanya Service Chaplin, Kary n Lyon Glover, Peter Vidmar; USOC Athlete Representative: Michelle Dusserre-Farrell; President Emeritus: Mike Donahue. Unless expressly identified to the contrary, all articles, statements and views printed herein are attributed solely to the author and USA Gymnastics expresses no opinion and assumes no responsibility thereof.



USA Gymnastics is excited to introduce a brand new membership targeted to recreational gymnasts, parents, former gymnasts including a special USA Gymnastics Member or officials, and anybody Newsletter in your magazine several times a year, with information and features targeted else who is nuts about specifically to parents. All this for only $20! gymnastics! There are We developed this new membership program because we wanted everyone with an many other changes in interest in the sport of gYIlmastics to be a part Membership taking place of USA Gynmastics, the national governing body for our sport. Finally, you have a way to at the same time. keep up on all the top gynmasts, results of the

GENERAL MEMBER Up until now, only competitive athletes, coaches, judges and other gynmastics professionals have had the opportunity to become a member of USA Gynmastics. But we wanted to open membership up to everyone who loves to watch or participate in gymnastics. And with the Olympic Games just arow1d the corner, this is the time you want to be "in the know" when it comes to our U.S. National Team! As a USA Gymnastics Member, you' ll get an official USA Gymnastics Member Kitwhich includes lots of cool stuff like a workout towel, keychain, luggage tag for your gear bag and a USA Gymnastics Member decal. Your USA Gymnastics Member card will entitle you to discounts on all USA Gymnastics apparel, plus you'll be signed up for a full-year's subscription (six issues) of USA Gynmastics Magazine. We'll also be

big events, training tips and the inside scoop on the world of gYIlmastics. To sign up, ask your coach or club director for an application or fill out the application on page 11 and mail it in to us today!

TEAM MEMBER If you plan to compete in USA GYIlmastics sanctioned events, you still need to register as a Team Member (formerly called an Athlete Member). Register through your club by September 1st to ensure you don't miss a single issue of USA Gymnastics Magazine, especially the explosive post-Olympic issue due out in September! If you were a registered athlete this year, we'll be sending a renewal form directly to your home. All you have to do is check to make sure all the information is still correct, then bring the form into your club. The clubs will have lots of extra forms in case you don' t get yours in the mail, or you haven' t been a competing athlete before. MAY/JUNE 19 96



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If you were a registered athlete this yeal~ but you don't think you'll be competing again in the new season, your renewal form will have a space to check if you want to stay involved with USA Gymnastics as a General Member. This way, you won' t miss a single issue of the magazine, especially the one with all the Olympic results.




We're also introducing a new category of membership for coaches and instructors who work with pre-competitive students. An Instructor Membership priced at $40 is now available, which includes a subscription to Technique, discounted rate for Safety Certification course, a membership card that entitles you to a 10% discount on all USA Gymn astics apparel, and a USA Gymnastics Member decal. If you want to sign up for an Instructor Membership, see your club director for an application or call us at 1-800-345-4719.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBER All coaches and judges who participate in USA Gymn astics sanctioned competitions must be Professional Members in good standing. The new Professional Membership will cost $75, and includes complimentary safety recertifications, the right to participate in sanctioned meets, insurance coverage at sanctioned meets, a Rules and Policies Book for your discipline(s), complimentary FIG supplements with your original purchase of the FIG Code of Points, a subscription to Technique and USA Gymnastics Magazine, a Professional Member card which entitles you to 10% discounts on all USA Gymn astics apparel, and voting privileges for program positions, including Membership Director of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors.

If you are currently a Professional Member, all this information will come to you at renewal time. If you want to apply as a new IOrr\tp':~lrm~ Member, see your club director for an applica ti on or call USA Gymnastics Membership at 1-800-345-4719.

MEMBER CLUBS We are also rolling out a brand new Member Club program. The details will be available at this year's Congress (June 27-30 in Boston), but the biggest change is that you do not have to purchase your club liability insurance through USA Gymnastics in order to become a Member Club. This membership program will focus instead on helping you run your business better, increase your enrollment and strive for excellence in gymnastics instruction.


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Kerri Strug is 18 years old and has spent 14 years of her life in the sport of gymnastics. She has a long list of accomplishments including making five World Championships Teams and being the youngest gymnast on the 1992 Olympic Games Team . She's won an Olympic bronze medal, and three World Championships medals-two silver and one bronze. She's also ranked seventh in the World from the 1995 World Championships. Strug is one of the most seasoned veterans on the USA National Team. With all of these accomplishments Strug is still going strong and looking for more medals to add to her collection. We spoke with Strug after her McDonald's American Cup victory and here's what she had to say: Describe a day in the life of Kerri Strug. I go to gym from 7:30-11 :00 a.m. Ido therapy until about noon. Ieat lunch, do errands, read, visit with Kim Zmeskal, or hang out with my mom if she's in town. I try to take an hour nap and then I go back to the gym from 4:00-7:30 p.m. After practice I eat dinner, make phone calls, read, do crafts (paint t-shirts, make flower arrangements, wreaths, etc.), or whatever, and then I go to bed. What about school? I signed with UCLA but I have deferred enrollment until the fall of '96 so I can train for the Olympics. I'm looking forward to competing in college. The collegiate program is very competitive. Three girls on my team (UCLA) do double layouts.

What makes you continue to train and want to compete at the '96 Games? Iwant to compete in two Olympics because not many gymnasts do that. It's also nice that the Olympics are in the U.S. The U.S. team will have the support of the fans and everyone will be behind them. Is there an advantage to having the Olympics in the U.S.? Yes, there is definitely an advantage to having the Olympics in the U.S. For one thing you don't have to get used to a time change. You also don't have to get acclimated to everyday things like food, hotel, weather, etc. I'll be especially used to the weather in Atlanta because it's hot and humid in Texas too. In 1992 you were the youngest on the Olympic Team and this year. if you make the team you'll be one of the oldest. How do you feel about this? This time around I'll know what to expect. I have a lot of competitions behind me and I hope to compete to the best of my ability. What advice will you give your younger teammates? I'd tell them that they have to think of the Games as another competition. I would say, "We're prepared just do the best that we can." I

What do you tell critics who say you are too old for the sport? It's obvious that the sport is changing. Amajority of gymnasts in the sport are older. It's a mental thing. My physical ability is the same as it was four years ago. You just have to know that you can do it no matter what your age-look at Svetlana Boguinskaia, she's 23 years old. Has your coach. Bela Karolyi , changed since 1992? Yes, Bela and Ihave both changed. Since I'm older we communicate more. He knows that I'm doing gymnastics for myself. I'm trying real hard to succeed. I want to do well and make the Olympic Team and be the best that I can be. We have a good working relationship. What are your thoughts on the USA Women's Team in Atlanta? We have a lot of depth. It will be real hard to pick the seven girls on the team because there's a lot of talent out there. Hopefully everyone will be healthy and we'll have a great chance to do well. It seems like everyone thinks Romania is going to win and that makes me mad. I think we have to wait and see what happens. The U.S. team keeps improving. At the last few World Championships we haven't had all of our top athletes. Hopefully by Atlanta everyone will be healthy and we'll show the world where we stand.

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Oday's athletes understand the importance of good nutrition for optimum athletic performance. How would you like to be responsible for making sure that all of the foods (which include 1.2 million pounds of beef, 115,000 loaves of bread, and nearly 3 million gallons of water, just for starters) get delivered to the athletes that will be winning medals at this summer's Olympics?


Quite a task, but not one too big for the Aramark corporation. Having been the company to bring food to athletes, volunteers and spectators for the last 9 Olympic Games, Aramark has made it their job to make sure athletes have what they need for the athletic performance of their lives. Tita Cherrier, corporate spokesperson for Aramark, believes that Aramark has an extremely important task. "We feel that we are a part of the athletes' performances," says Cherrier of Aramark's quest to make the meals and the food experience they provide fun, helpful and a taste of home. With such wide international tastes that will be a part of the Olympic Games, Aramark has come up with what they call a World Menu. This World Menu has been developed through the 28 years of experience (starting with the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Garnes) that Aramark has with the Olympics. This menu includes foods that may sound foreign to Americans but are staples to the diets of international athletes. Cherrier says that mizo soup, tobuleh, curry and fish for breakfast are big USA


international requests . Over the years the international menu has changed quite a bit, with more reques ts for fruits, cereals, breads and chicken. Requests for fried foo ds have decreased, while requests for vegetarian meals have been on the rise. Hard at work right now are several dietitians who are testing approximately 550 recipes that will be used during the length of the Olympic Games w hich start July 19 and end August 4. Part of Aramark's plan to help athletes with their meal planning includes setting up a nutrition booth in the Olympic Dining Hall. Staffed by registered dietitians, athletes can receive one-on-one informa tion regarding the amount of calories, grams of fat, protein and carbohydrates they are eating. In addition, nutrition literature will be available in French, English and Spanish allowing the athlete to become more involved with the plalU1ing of their meals . Aramark estimates that the amount of food to be prepared in Atlanta will be about 1'/ 2 times the amount served in Barcelona in 1992. However McDonald's, now a food service partner of the 1996 Olympic Gan1es, will also be feeding hungry athletes. With six restaurant locations in and around the Olympic villages, and with the international popularity and recognition of McDonald's, it will be a popular draw to athletes. Traditional McDonald's foods such as the Egg McMuffin and Big Mac will be available, but McDonald's will expand its menu to include items such as a salad bar~ fresh fruit, yogurt and bagels. McDonald's has also printed a brochure Nutrition Facts for Athletes, which will help athletes to do some of their own meal planning during the games. With the world of food at their fingertips, and with the help of Aramark and McDonald's, athletes in Atlar1ta will be able to design a medal-winning meal plar1 to beat any other. MAY / JUNE 1 996




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he four-inch wide, six-foot long apparatus that stands in the way of many gymnasts, can bring out the best in some of the most fearless competitors. Every gynu1ast at some point has been afraid to get up and perform tricks on the balance beam. We asked some beam experts across the counhy how they get over their fears and what it takes to be successful on this event. Ali Greenler, a gymnast from Cincinnati, Ohio, says ~_~ at times she is afraid w hen trying new tricks on the balance beam but not for long. "The way I get over my fear is to stay calm and think through what I am doing," said Greenler. When in competition on the balance beam, Greenler concenh'ates on pointed toes and showing off to the judges. "I am confident when I do m y routine. I try to be the best I can be and get the highes t score." Jessica Stevenson, w ho is from Louisville, Kentucky, trains for her competitive tricks by blocking her fears out and being aggressive.




"I tell myself I can do it and then I just go for it," said Stevenson. "When I am competing, I don't hold anything back. I go for everything 100 percent of the time." Amy Chow, a member of the United States senior national team is known for her amazing tricks on the balance beam. She takes every step to be perfect. "When I am on the balance beam, I say to myself

the corrections that I've heard from my coaches," said Chow. "Reciting my problems helps me correct my mistakes." Amy's tips for improving on the balance beam: Be confiden t, have total concentration and always strive for improvemen t. All of the gymnasts agreed that the balance beam is a challenging event and can be a lot of fun if the challenge is accepted. MAY / JUNE 1996


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he u.s. started the Olympic year off right, dominating the McDonald's American Cup in Ft. Worth, Texas, at the Tarrant County Convention Center, February 29-March 2. After the men's preliminary round of competition Jair Lynch was MAY / J U NE 1 996

in the lead followed by his three U.S. teammates John Roethlisberger, John Macready and Blaine Wilson. Macready said, "We've all upgraded all our routines since the World Championships in Japan. I think it showed tonight." Although Lynch won the preliminary competition, Roethlisberger came back strong during finals and won his second McDonald's American Cup title. " 1 was very optimistic about coming here tonight," said Roethlisberger. "This meet served as a trial for my new routines and I'm glad I hit them."

Macready and Wilson were unable to advance to finals due to the two gymnasts per country rule. Both athletes looked great and have made upgrades to their routines since the 1995 World Championships. The U.s. men swept every event title with Lynch winning three events. Lynch won floor with a 9.587 and vault with a 9.60. Lynch and Roethlisberger tied for first on pommel horse with a 9.612. Wilson won with a 9.737 and parallel bars with a 9.537. Roethlisberger won high bar with a 9.737. The winner of each event was awarded $1,000 towards their training funds. USA


Lynch said, "This event is very important. It's important to do well competing with Valeri Belenki and Andrei Kan, they are two of the top gymnasts in the world." In response to the U.s. men dominating the all-around and each event, Olympic Coach Peter Kormann said, "I was extremely pleased. The men have upgraded their optional routines and the McDonald's American Cup was a good step in the right direction."

n the women's side, Kerri Strug's experience paid off as she dominated both preliminary and optional competition. Strug is probably one of the most seasoned international gymnasts in competition today having competed in five World Championships and an Olympic Games. This win for Strug was her first all-around victory at an international event since the 1990 Jwuor Pan American Games. She said, ''I'm really excited



about my performances. This is a great way to start 1996. It really helped my confidence." Another seasoned performer from Belarus, Svetlana Boguinskaia, who now trains in Houston, Texas, at Karolyi's Gymnastics, took second all-around. Two-time Olympian Boguinskaia said, ''I'm so excited I was second. Last year was not good for me because it was my first time competing in a long time. This year is a good beginning." 1992 Olympian Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan took tllird in the all-around. MA Y !JUNE 1996

Coach Bela Karolyi and his athletes have won the McDonald's American Cup a total of 11 times. Karolyi said, "It's ironic that 20 years ago a young Nadia Comaneci won this event and now what everyone is calling the 'old ladies' are up here in the spotlight. Kerri is 18, Svetlana is 23, Oksana is 20, and they are all 1992 Olympian.s. It is great to see these athletes up here and I think not only do they win but the sport of gymnastics wins, too./1 Defending McDonald's American Cup Champion Kristy Powell took eighth all-around. She fell twice on floor which dropped her in the MAY / JUNE 1996

rankings. She said, "I felt like I was running in one place and not getting anywhere on floor. I felt slow on both tumbling passes./1 Powell was sidelined for several months due to injury in late 1995. The 1996 American Classic was her first big event back to competition and she finished fourth all-around. Andree Pickens from Cypress Academy of Gymnastics in Houston finished eighth all-around in preliminaries, but due to the two athletes per country rule in finals, was unable to advance. However, Pickens looked great debuting a double twisting layout Yurchenko on vault

that earned her the second highest score on that event. She also attempted a front handspring double front mount on floor, and although she nailed two in warm-ups, she fell short in the competition. During the preliminary round of competition which determined the event winners, Strug tied for first in beam along with Boguinskaia with a 9.775. Strug and Powell tied for first on floor with a 9.775. Boguinskaia won vault with a 9.687 and bars with a 9.800. Event winners received $1,000 towards their training funds.

Results on Pdge 29! USA

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I Kerri Sirug 2 Oksano Chulovilino 3 SYellono Boguinskoio 4 Joanna Juarez Roura 5 Krilly Powell 6 Son Lon 7 Alexandra Oobrelw 8 Andree Pickens 9 Yvonne Tousek 10 Julio Korollilevo II Orelie Troscompl 12 Sorato Carvalho 13 Niko ell Krausz 14 Joanna Hughes 15 SYellono Zelepukino 16 Yuuki Ohholo 17 Ana Oeslelono 18 8rendo Magana 19. Giordano Rocchi


VT 9.625 9.500 9.687 9.400 9.312 9.612 9.350 9.625 9.425 9.075 9.362 9.312 9.150 9.350 9.400 9.300 9.100 9.062 9.012.

UB 9.750 9.750 9.800 9.575 9.450 9.300 9.475 9.600 9.1 50 9.575 9.300 9.200 8.800 8.950 9.400 8.875 9.250 8.975 7.900

BB 9.77S 9.700 9.775 9.575 9.600 9.575 9.650 9.475 9.425 9.175 9.450 9.550 9.525 9.300 9.150 9.325 8.575 8.225 9.100



9.775 9.750 9.100 9.625 9.775 9.625 9.575 9.025 9.475 9.625 9.150 8.975 9.400 9.225 8.800 8.550 8.650 8.900 8.575

38.925 38.700 38.362 38.175 38.137 38.112 38.050 37.725 37.475 37.450 37.262 37.037 36.875 36.825 36.750 36.050 35.575 35.162 34.587


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Joir Lynch John Roelhlilberger John Mocready 810ine Wil,on Valeri Belenki Llio Giogodze Sigeru Kurihara Andrei Kon Adrian lonwlesw Oleg Kizmin Diego lizardi Kril Burley Ortzi AWllo SebOllien Oorrigode Francisco Lopez Chen Zhenyu Raoul Abdelouohob A. Mommari Valery Goncharov


9.587 9.175 9.475 9.537 9.025 9.275 9.325 9.050 9.500 9.150 9.225 9.100 9.150 8.675 9.325 8.825 8.675

PH 9.612 9.612 9.425 9.400 9.425 9.275 9.325 9.125 9.487 9.400 8.500 8.625 8.875 8.900 8.850 9.375 8.100

SR 9.387 9.625 9.587 9.737 9.637 9.075 9.600 8.950 9.125 9.500 9.325 9.075 9.075 9.125 8.725 8.925 8.950 9.125

VT 9.600 9.350 9.500 9.562 9.475 9.425 9.300 9.375 9.325 9.200 9.350 9.550 8.850 8.800 9.175 8.325 9.200 9.300 0.000

UB 9.812 9.662 9.712 9.450 9.075 9.625 9.362 9.750

BB 9.750 9.737 9.737 9.687 9.612 9.075 9.200 9.675



9.837 9.650 9.587 9.700 9.712 9.687 9.625 8.575

39.130 38.687 38.635 38.055 37.861 37.836 37.824 37.706

PH 9.587 9.687 9.562 9.250 9.025 8.900 8.775 9.700

SR 9.700 9.400 9.075 9.250 9.575 9.500 9.637 9.125

VT 9.325 9.375 9.612 9.475 9.300 9.200 9.250 9.450

PB 9.625 9.025 9.525 9.450 9.637 9.512 9.450 8.675

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PB 9.275 9.487 9.450 9.537 9.512 9.462 9.100 9.175 8.675 9.500 9.050 9.250 8.975 9.100 8.775 8.750 8.350 8.050_ 9.375

HB 9.625 9.737 9.450 8.925 9.425 9.450 9.275 9.412 8.825 8.150 9.425 9.075 9.000 9.325 9.000 9.387 8.575 8.L50_ 6.675


57.086 56.986 56.887 56.698 56.499 55.962 55.925 55.087 54.937 54.900 54.875 54.675 53.925 53.925 53.850 53.587 51.850 50.125 43.925


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Kerri Sirug SYellono Boguinskoio Oksano Chulovilino Alexandra Oobrelw Yvonne Tousek Joanna Juarez Roura Son Lon Krilly Powell


VT 9.731 9.638 9.599 9.218 9.462 9.449 9.637 9.706


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John Roelhlilberger Joir Lynch Llio Giogodze Andrei Kon Valeri 8elenki Oleg Kuzmin Sigeru Kurihara Adrian lonwlescu


9.587 9.650 9.300 9.375 9.275 9.350 9.325 8.925

Junior rhythmic athletes Kassy Scharringhausen and Tara McCargo along with their coaches Marina Davidovich and Efrossina Anguelova made the trip to Sydney, Australia, March 13-17, for the 1996 Australian Championships . This was Scharringhausen's first international event and McCargo's second . The Australian athletes in the competition competed five events. The U.S . athletes, following the FIG format, competed four events-rope, hoop, clubs and ribbon. When the same event scores (rope, hoop, clubs and ribbon) were comparea-wllht he U.S-:clfl1letes, SdiarringFiausen took third with a 33.70 and McCargo took fifth with a 33.55 . Scharringhausen made all four event finals and McCargo made three. Although neither medaled in an event they did an outstanding job at the Australian Championships, where they gained invaluable international expe'" rience in the site of Sm NEY 200 the 2000 Olympic Games for rhythmic gymnastics.




HB 9.787 9.750 9.600 9.437 9.300 9.475 9.375 9.300


57.611 56.887 56.674 56.237 56.112 55.937 55.812 55.175

Right (from I to r): Eirossina Anguelova, Kassy S(harringhausen, Taro M(Cargo, Marina Davidovi(h

PRIZE MONEY III Place AII·Around 2nd Place AII·Around 3rd Place All· Around 41h Place All· Around 51h Place All· Around 61h Place AII·Around 71h Place AII·Around 81h Place AII·Around lsi Place in each evenl


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78.412 2. France 77.537 3. Ukraine 76.387 6. USA 73.825 ALL路AROUND 1. lavinia Milosovici ROM 39.1 87 2. Gino Gogean ROM 39.050 3. Cecile Conqueleau FRA 38.725 12. Theresa Kulikowski USA 37.100 15. Aleda Ingram USA 36.725 21. Soni Meduna USA 33.987

By Kristen Augspurger

Gymnasts Alecia Ingram, Theresa Kulikowski, Soni Meduna and Elizabeth Reid represented the u.s. at the Trophee Massilia in Marseille, France, on December 2-3, 1995. Coaches Tom Forster, Rick Newman and Debi Walk made the trip along with judge Pam Bileck. In the team competition , the sixth with a score of 73 .825.


finished in

In the all-around competition , Kulikowski was the top U .S. competitor finishing 12th. Ingram placed 15th and Meduna was 21 st.


1. Svellana Tarasevich 2. lavinia Milasovici 3. Gina Gagean BARS 1. lavinia Milosovici 2. Elivire Teza 3. Gina Gogean 6. Theresa Kulikowski BEAM I. lavinia Milosavici 2. Elvire Teza 3. Cecile Canqueleau 7. Aleda Ingram FLOOR 1. Gina Gagean 2. lavinia Milosovici 3. ludivine Furnan 10. Theresa Kulikowski


9.906 9.825 9.819


9.863 9.850 9.800 9.750


9.725 9.525 9.388 9.138


9.900 9.838 9.713 9.275

In the event finals , a U .S. gymnast placed in the top lOin three of the four events . Kulikowski placed sixth on bars and 10th on floor. Ingram placed seventh on beam .


JAMIE DANT%SCHER WINS TITLE By Kristi Krafft, iudge and delegation leader The U .S. sent a strong junior women 's delegation to the 1 996 City of Popes Competition in Avignon , France , March 21-24 . Charter Oak Glider's Jamie Dantzscher took first place with a score of 38 .438 . Dantzscher is only the second U.S. gymnast to win the City of Pores Competition; the first was Kim Zmeska in 1989. Cypress Academy's Kinsey Rowe earned sixth all-around with a 37.275 . Charter Oak Glider's Vanessa Atler took ninth with a 37. 150. Dantzscher took second on vault using a Yurchenko 1/2 layout and a piked Tsukahara for an average score of 9.469. Dantzscher nailed a double twisting double back dismount for a 9.725 and the gold medal on bars . Atler earned the silver medal on bars with a 9 .675 using a clean routine with two Tkatchevs and a double layout with a full twist dismount. Both Dantzscher and Rowe fell on beam placing fourth and fifth , respectively. Dantzscher hit on floor using a double Arabian , front full punch front, and triple twist to score a 9.70 and earn the silver medal. Atler took fifth on floor with a score of 9 .387 . In addition to the U.S. other countries competing included Austria, Bulgaria , Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain , Holland, Hungary, Italy, Romania , Spain , and Sweden .






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Junior athletes Alexis Brion and Kristen Stucky along with their coaches Deena and Jim Walker and James Chudy traveled to Budapest, Hungary, March 23-24, for the Hungarian International Gymnastics Championships. In the all-around competition both Brion and Stucky hit four out of four routines. Brion scored 38 .05 for fifth all-around and Stucky scored 37.912 for sixth all-around . The average age of competitors in the competition was 17 years old, much older than Brion, 13, and Stucky, 14. During event finals Brion scored a 9.375 on vault for 10th while Stucky scored 9.287 for 12th. On bars, Brion tied for fourth with a 9 .625 and Stucky took seventh with a 9.55. Stucky tied for sixth on beam with a 9.50 and Brion took ninth with a 9 .45. Brion tied for sixth on floor with a 9.60 and Stucky tied for eighth with a 9.575. MAY / JUNE 1 996

KALAMATA CUP KALAMATA. GREECE MARCH 16-17 The USA's Jessica Davis, from Gymmarin Pacific, took 16th all-around in the Kalamata Cup in Kalamata, Greece, March 16-17. She scored 9.35 for her rope routine, 9 .15 for ball , 9.25 for clubs, and a 9 .225 for her ribbon routine to total 36.975. Natalie Lacuesta from Rhythmic Gems finished 30th with scores of 9 .20 rope, 8 .35 ball, 9.10 clubs and 8 .95 ribbon for a total of 35.60. Ukraine's Elena Vitrichenko won the competition with a 39.625 followed by Russia's Amina Zaripova with 39 .575 and Bulgaria's Diana Popova with a 39.550. Jessica Davis

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November 18, 1982 Virginia Beach, Virginia Gymstrada Gymnastics Jim Walker and Deena Baker Salem Middle School 7th Floor


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Nicole Lyme 2. Whilney Cashwell 3. Annabelh Eberle 4. Caroline Fluhrer 5. Sarah DiPasquale 6. Tamara Diles 7. Krislen Uransky B. Tami Harris 9. lindsay lines 1O.lindsay Canerly 11. Mary Skakul 12. Nicole Romano 13. Cassie Cosgrove

Cincinnali Gym. Acad. Ocean Tumblers Gym Nevada Cascade Elile Porkelles Pugel Sound Gymslrada Ocean Tumblers Slarlires Ms Gym. of Dreams Indy School Porkelles Gymcarolina


70.940 70.020 70.00B 69.950 6B.B90 6B.682 6B.51B 6B.070 67.150 67.140 66.050 65.380 65.080

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1. Mary Ann Espasita 2. Giselle Boniforli 3. Jennifer While 4. Michelle Hess 5. Brilnee Bawden 6. Amy Ringo 7. Annie Campbell B. Alisa Beckerman 9. Tiffani While 10. Emily Prichard II .Aulumn Jeffries 12. Kalie Hornecker 13.Alexis Norman 14. Rhanda Rabinelle

Hills American Twislers KrafN Academy Buckeye Olympus Xlreme Team Leading Edge Narlh Slars NASA Pugel Sound KrafN Academy Illinois Gym Inslilule Karon Deserllighls

36.650 36.050 35.B50 35.700 35.225 35.075 35.025 34.B75 34.800 34.650 34.250 34.075 33.925 33.700

Competed Optionals only.





PEACHTREE INVITATIONAL JUNIOR DIVISION AGES 12 THRU 14 38.925 Dynamos 1. J. Thompson 38.525 Dynamos 2. A. Ingram 38.100 Dynamos 3. M. Kim 38.075 Dynamos 4. S. McClung 37.600 Dynamos 5. J. Pigg 37.575 Dynamos 6. A. Fraim 37.350 Cypress 7. K. Rowe 37.100 Dynamos 8. M. Rollins 37.075 Dynamos 9. 1 Dixon 36.875 Dynamos 10. C. Webb 36.B75 Dynamos 11. S. Baker 36.475 12. M. Baimbridge Cypress GymCarolina 36.175 13. E. Cathcart TeamCentral 36.100 14. L. Klein GymCarolina 35.925 15. C. Cosgrove GymCarolina 35.600 16. M. Wydick GymCarolina 35.600 17. C. Klonne CO Aerials 35.375 18. K. Streicher Team Central 34.575 19. A. Taylor 34.200 Elios Gym 20. L. Lopez Atl. School 34.000 21 . A. Tucker CO Aerials 33.300 22. K. Claussen Docksiders 33.250 23. A. Petrocelli Elios Gym 32.200 24. M. Garza Elios Gym 31.975 25. F. Martinez SENIOR DIVISION 15 YEARS OLD AND UP 38.225 Cypress 1. M. Flammer CO Aerials 37.900 2. S. Singer 37.250 Cypress 3. K. Dyson Atl. School 37.250 4. M. Taylor Elios Gym 37.225 5. D. Lopez GymCarolina 37.200 6. E. Chell 37.200 Cypress 7. A. Pickens Atl. School 35.950 8. K. Descalpoulis Atl. School 35.925 9. J. Ebdon Team Central 35.550 10.1 Lamb Docksiders 35.525 11. K. Gole Team Central 35.150 12. A. Chapman Team Central 35.025 13. L. Nichols Docksiders 34.500 14. A. Langendorf CO Aerials 34.050 15. L. Krempley Docksiders 33.750 16. N. Bracciale Oocksiders 32.275

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OPEN Cami Singer Annie Campbell Sidney Field KimYoung

Calorado Aerials Leoding Edge, WA Emerald City, WA Colorado Aerials

LEVE L Meadow Wright Sarah Fisher Michele Creamer

9 Arizona Twisters 36.050 Northshore Center, LA 35.950 35.600 Parkettes

LEVE L 8 Hannah McLeod Phoenix Gym. Acad. Jamie Williams Arizona Sunrays Katie TIllotson Arizona Sunrays 8 NOVICE Arizona Sunrays Pam Schmidt Athena Schuck Phoenix Gym. Acad. Tara Anderson Arizona Sun rays

37.700 37.450 37.300 37.225

36.025 35.550 35.325 34.850 34.175 34.025

LEV E L Jordanne Dente Lisa Lanzo Lauren Reid

6 Starfires, AZ Desert Devils, AZ Starfires, AZ

36.000 35.450 35.775

LE VEL Ashley Moron Kristin Hall Patty Moran

5 Desert Lights, AZ Desert Devils, AZ Flames, AZ

34.900 34.550 34.200

TEAM RESULTS OPEN SESSION Colorado Aerials 112.050 Parkettes 111.825 Ricochets 11 0.275 Arizona Sunrays 109.675 LEVEL 9 Parkettes Arizona Twisters Parkettes

106.400 105.800 104.725

LEVEL 8 Phoenix Gym. Academy 107.400 Arizona Sunrays 105.850 Spokane Elite 103.325 LEVEL 8 NOVICE Arizona Sunrays 103.800 Phoenix Gym, Academy 101.275 Starfires, AZ 96.975 LEVE L 6 Arizona Sunrays Starfires, AZ Desert Lights, AZ

142.775 142.525 142.025

LEVE L 5 Desert Lights, AZ Flames, AZ Arizona Sunrays

138.150 137.400 135.350

199& REVCo BUCKEYE CLASSIC GYMNASTICS COMPETITION ALL -AROUND Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) 1. Andree Pickens Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TX) 2. Mohini 8hardwaj Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) 2. Monica Flammer Cypress Academy (Houston, TXI 4. Kaitie Dyson Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) 5. Annette Taylor

39.125 38.575 38.575 38.200 38.025

VAULT 1. Mohini Bhardwaj 2. Aileen Oiaz 3. Kendall Beck 4. Ashley Stewart 4. Michelle Hess

Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TX) Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TX) Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) Cypress Academy (Haustan, TX) Buckeye Gymnastics (Westerville, OH)

9.775 9.650 9.550 9.500 9.500

BARS 1. Mohini Bhardwaj 2. Andree Pickens 3. Monica Flammer 4. Melinda Baimbridge 5. Ashley Stewart

Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TX) Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) Cypress Academy (Houston, TXI Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) Cypress Academy (Houston, TX)

9.775 9.750 9.700 9.675 9.650

BEAM 1. Mohini Bhardwaj 2. Melinda Baimbridge 3. Marie Fjordholm 4. Aileen Diaz 4. Marline Stephens

Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TX) Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TX) Brown's Gymnastics (Houston, TXI Cypress Academy (Houston TX)

9.775 9.700 9.575 9.525 9.525

FLOOR 1. Mohini Bhardwaj 2. Marie Fjordholm 2. Kelly Christensen 2. Randi Lynn Liljenquist 5. Anna-Liese Acklam

Brown's Gymnastics (Houstan, TX) Cypress Academy (Houston, TX) Oesert Devil Gymnastics (Scottsdale, Al) Desert Devil Gymnastics (Scottsdale, Al) Camberley Gym. Club (Cambereley, UK)

9.750 9.625 9.625 9.625 9.550

MAY / JU N E 1996


35.800 33.500

JUNIOR B 1. Stefonie Pouley Gold Medol 2. Kimmy DeGrondchamp GTC Clallicl 3. Jennifer Poppalordo Tumbling On

35.600 35.075 34.200

SENIOR A 1. Krilty Kreinbrink Gold Medol 2. Alhley Geril Woodltock 3. Amando Allen GTC Clallicl

36.400 36.350 35.525

SENIOR 1. Jenny Sommer 2. Andreo Ruhe 3. Nicole Billl

B Gold Medal Gold Medol Boy Volley

37.075 35.925 35.875

LEVEI:S 9/ lo/ ELITE JUNIOR EVENT FINALS VAULT 1. Koro Reighord 2. Jennifer Pappolordo 3. Kimmy DeGrondchamp 4. Jaime Milel 5. Stefanie Pouley 6. Chriltino Minehart

Mt. Pleolant Tumbling On GTC Clollicl Worren Gold Medol Gold Medol

9.400 8.950 8.925 8.900 8.725 8.500

OPIN DIVIIION/TIAM 1. Cypress Academy 154.075 2. Cypress Aladerny 151575 3. Brown's Gymnaslks 4. Cypress Alademy 5. Desert Ile짜il Gym.

149.775 149.325


MAY/J UNE 1996

UNEVEN BARS 1. Stefonie Pouley Gold Medol 2. Chriltino Minehort Gold Medol Boy Volley 3. Tiffoni Berro 4. Kimmy DeGrondchamp GTC Clollicl Warren 5. Jaime Milel 6. Jamie Bohledo GTC Clollicl

9.100 8.950 8.900 B.B50 8.500 7.250

BALANCE 1. Ann Wolker 2. Chriltino Minehort 3. Stefonie Pouley 4. Tiffoni 8erro 5. Alicio Turek

BEAM Olympic Acad. Gold Medol Gold Medol 80y Volley Woodltock

9.100 9.050 8.750 8.575 8.475

FLOOR EXERCISE 1. Chriltino Minehort Gold Medal 2. Stefonie Pauley Gold Medal 3. Ann Walker Olympic Acod. Tumbling On 4. Jennifer Poppolordo 5. Kimmy DeGrondchomp GTC Clollicl Boy Volley 6. Tiffani Berro

9.275 9.125 B.950 8.900 8.750 B.500

LEVEL 9/ lo/ ELITE SENIOR EVENT FINALS VAU LT 1. Alhley Geril 2. Krilty Kreinbrink 3. Shonyn Loncalter 4. Jenny Sommer 5. Toro Rhoden 6. Michelle Wolker

Woodltock Gold Medol Ooklond Gold Medol Boy Volley EOlt York

9.325 9.250 9.200 9.100 9.000 8.950

, Gl( (Iassics qualiliers , \\'lIs Nlayor Kenneth Snell r't~ 8ahleda and Rachel Smith Rochester I. berl DeGrandchamp, amle Amanda Allen, Kim Y Senior A Sorah Dome Senior B Meredith Wollh

Northern MI Boy Volley

8.950 8.750

BALANCE BEAM Junior A Domoril McColio Bromoleo Junior B Anne Wolker Olympic Acad. Senior A Notolie Halhimoto Ealt York Senior B Michelle Wolker EOlt York

8.600 9.100 9.325 9.125

FLOOR EXERCISE Junior A Jozmine Childrell Gym World Junior B Anne Wolker Olympic Acad. Senior A Notolie HOlhimoto EOlt York Senior B Michelle Wolker EOlt York

9.050 9.000 9.250 9.050


1. 2. 3. 4.


Chaylo Hill Jozmine Childrell Becky DeWinter Domaril McCollo

Gym World Gym World Shenderey Bromalea

34.60 34.225 33.650 32.900

U N EVE N BAR S Junior A Morgan Harril Gold Medal Junior 8 Kotie Corter GTC Clollicl Senior A Kylee Lynch Northern MI Senior B Kote Shorphorn Northern MI

8.700 9.000 8.825 8.450

BALANCE BEAM Junior A Carolyn Maxfield Gold Medol Junior B Kyle Duce GTC Clallicl Senior A Moria Oerezinlki COllie Gym Senior B Rochoel Korpinlki Gym World

8.400 8.700 8.700 8.100

FLOOR EXERCISE Junior A lindloy VYle Woodltock Junior B Kotie Corter GTC Clollicl Senior A Kylee Lynch Northern MI Senior B Kate Sharphorn Northern MI

9.025 9.050 8.800 9.050


JUNIOR A 1. Morgon Harril Gold Medal 34.350 JUNIOR B Woodltock 33.B75 2. lindlay VYle 1. Anne Walker Olympic Acod. 35.700 33.400 3. lilo Bornord Midland 2. Koro Reighord Mt. Pleolont 35.375 1! l--O~." II"\II.. k" Ii- - -r.. IA-/J,"I. I- - -Q ?nn--~1 . Jamie-Bohledo - -GTC C101Iics---35;000- -J-U-N-I-O-R- B 4. Soroh Shilila Gym World 34.350 1. Leio Longhoff Midland 35.525 5. Alexil Feor Gym Americo 33.775 2, Kyle Duce GTC Clollicl 34.900 6. Gobby McKie Gold Medal 33.300 3. Kotie Corter GTC C1allicl 34.850 BALANCE BEAM SENIOR A 1. Jenny Sommer SENIOR A Gold Medal 9.350 EOlt York 36.025 1. Kylee Lynch Northern MI 34.275 1. Natolie Halhimoto 2. Amonda Allen GTC Clallicl 9.050 Gym World 34.250 2. Soroh Dome Northern MI 35.450 2. Kotie Miklul 3. Alhley Geril Woodltock B.850 Boy Volley 3. Amy Coppa 33.500 3. Kelly Duce GTC Clollicl 34.450 4. Andreo Ruhe Gold Medol B.850 5. Krilty Kreinbrink Gym World 33.800 Gold Medal B.775 4. Andreo Pork SENIOR B 6. Natolie HOlhimoto Ealt York 5. Alhley Burnzynlki Boy Volley 33.000 B.650 Northern MI 33.725 1. Kote Shorphorn Greoter Kolomazzo 33.000 5. Corrie Garceou Gym World 2. Rochoel Korpinlki 32.600 FLOOR EXERCISE 3. Mindy Williaml Gold Medol 31.900 1. Alhley Geril Woodltock 9.475 SENIOR B 2. Notolie HOlhimoto EOlt York 9.375 EOlt York 35.875 1. Michelle Wolker LEVEL 8 TEAM 3. Rochel Smith GTC Clollicl 9.375 2. Erico Homilton Gold Medol 34.400 1. Gold Medol (Findley, OHI 103.525 4. Toro Rhoden Boy Volley 9.375 3. Robyn Alfrey Olympic Acod. 34.300 103.150 2. Midlond (Midlond, Mil 5. Nicole Billl Boy Volley 9.175 4. Crilty Nojero GTCClollicl 34.125 3. Gym World (Clevelond, OHI 103.000 6. Jenno Heitmeyer Gold Medol 8.900 5. Wendy Johnlon Greoter Kolomozoo 33. 900 4. GTC Clollicl (Rochelter Hilll, Mil 102.925 LEVEL I DIELITE TEAM 5. Woodltock Gym (Ontorio, Canodol 100.750 LEVEL 9 TEAM 1. Gold Medol (Findley, Ohio I 110.725 1. Gym World (Clevelond, OHI 105.35 2. GTC Clallicl (Rochelter Hilll, Mil 105.425 2. GTC Clollicl (Rochelter Hilll, Mil 103.575 3. Boy Volley (Boy City, Mil 103.850 3. Gold Medol (Findley, OHI 10D.7S 4. Tumbling On USA (Logronge, III CORRECTION FROM LAST ISSUE: Wyatt 4. Gym Americo (Ann Arbor, Mil 5. Ooklond Gymnolticl (Bloomfield HiIIl, Mil Sweet from Greater Kalamazoo won 5. Boy Volley (Boy City, Mil 6. Woodltock Gymnolticl (Ontario, Canodal 6. Olympic Academy INework, OHI first place on high bar with a score of 7. Northern MI (Troverle City, Mil 3.5 at the 2nd Annual Boy's Winter LEVEL 9 EVENT 8. EOlt York (Ontorio, Canodal Classic in Rochester Hills, Mich. CHAMPIONS 9. Greoter Kolomozoo (Kolomozoo, Mil VAU LT Junior A Jozmine Childrell Gym World 9.125 LEVEL 8 EVENT MEET DIRECTORS: Send official Junior 8 Koro Reighord Mt. Pleolont 9.325 results and pholos Irom your competitions to CHAMPIONS Senior A Natalie HOlhimoto Ealt York 8.950 USA Gymnastics, Rising Stars, 201 S. Capitol VAULT Senior B Michelle Wolker EOIY York 9.025 Ave" Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225. B.875 Junior A Kiana Stringfield Midland We'll publish high school, collegiate, local, Junior B Leio Longhoff Midlond 9.050 UNEVEN BARS state, regional and invitational competitions. Gym World Senior A Kotie Miklul 8.900 Junior A Choylo Hill Gym World 9.000 Sorry we are not able to return photographs. Junior 8 Jamie 80hledo GTCClollicl 9.100 Senior 8 Kote Sharp horn Northern MI 8.225 USA


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TARA MAGER AURORA, COLORADO Taro, 9, is a first year Level 5 gymnast. She trains at American Gymand is coached by Andrea Waters. Taro has been in gymnastics less than twoyears. In her first competition season she took first place on floor in eight out of eight meets. Taro is looking forward to training Level 6 with her coach, Andi, whose enthusiasm and encouragement make competing fun .

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CHELLSIE MEMMEL NEW BERLIN, WISCONSIN Chellsie, 7, has mode the USA Notional TOPS Team 6· 8 year·old division for the second year in a row. She was finally age eligible to compete in a Level 5 & 6 meet and won with on all·around score of 35.05. In her first competitive season she took first all·oround in five of Ihe seven compelilions she enlered. She's coached by Kelly Zimdars and is in the second grade at Wilson Elementary School.

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TIFFANY GARRETT PHOENIX, ARIZONA Tiffany, 13, started gymnastics at age 3 1/2 at Deveau's School of Gymnastics in Indianapolis, Ind. She is currently a member of the Flames Gymnastics Team in Phoenix, Ariz. She is coached by Bud Longford. At the Level 8 Optional State Meet, Tiffany was chosen by the coaches and judges as the most improved gymnast in 1995. She is currently working towards Level 9 Optional and hopes to compete it this season.

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With the beautiful backdrop of the Sam Houston National Forest, 22 athletes and 32 coaches and judges from nine different countries participated in the second annual Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) Training and Educational Camp. Provided by the USA Gymnastics Women's Progrom and hosted by Bela and Martha Karolyi at Karolyi's Camp, March 1824, the Camp brought together representatives from PAGU member countries to share information on various gymnastics training techniques and to meet in an informal atmosphere. Members of the USAG Women's Program National Coaching Staff (Muriel Grossfeld, Geza Pozsar, Tammy Biggs, Steve Elliott, and Artur Akopyan) conducted daily training sessions for the athletes and coaches, while linda Mulvihill provided sessions for judges attending the camp. Technical sessions for the coaches were conducted each evening by Steve Whitlock, Kathy Kelly, and Gary Warren-covering such topics as nutrition, the USA Gymnastics J.~. Compulsory Program, the structure of the USA Gymnastics programs, preparation of a four-year PAGU competition and troining calendar, and periodization. The countries that were able to participate included Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, Canada, Ecuador, Honduros, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Several of the athletes attending the camp were in training for the World Championships in Puerto Rico.

ELIGIBILITY INfORMATION HOTLINE Not sure about how many high school math credits you need to be eligible for Division I gymnastics? Just got the An scores back, are you eligible to make the college gymnastics team next fall? Haven't a clue on the process of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school? These are just a few of the many questions prospective student-athletes face everyday. The NCAA, with the help of its corporate sponsor Sprint and Telemedia, will provide these answers and more through a new 800 number. By simply dialing the new NCAA Hotline at 1-800638-3731, students, parents, coaches and counselors can get the answers they need through a series of recorded messages. The call is free and the information is priceless for any student-athlete



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Victor Prisk takes full advan tage of his dorm room at Iowa State Uni versity in Ames, Iowa. When Iowa State Universi ty dropped its men's gymnas tics program in 1993, Prisk refused to give up his gymnas tics career. Instead, h e and his father designed a ring rig to fit in a dorm room. "I worked stren g th at school and went home to Chicago every other week to swing," said Prisk. "Mark Diab, former Iowa State gymnast, coach ed me a t Premier Gymn as tics Acad emy. It's a long drive but it's n ice to swing on familiar equ ipment." Prisk is considering competing for Michigan State next year while in medical school. If the finances work out he said he'll be doing the two things he loves the most- studying medicine and performing in NCAA gymnastics. MAY / JUNE 1996



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Dear KIM ZMESKAL, I absolutely, positively, completely, totally, without a doubt love gymnastics and you are my favorite. I'm not competing at high difficulty but I'm on the high school team . I like to make my routines original and I wondered if it bothers you when other gymnasts copy parts of your routines?

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