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'996 FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & MEN'S NATIONAL COACHES WORKSHOP . . . ...... .. .. .. .. . 1 4 The first ever Future Stars National Championships was held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The program is used to identify talented athletes and to select the Junior Development Team. Th e a nnu a l Nati o n a l Coa c h es Work s h o p wa s al s o throughout the event.

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FEATURES TALENT OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM ......... . ... . ....... . . .. .... . . . ... .. .. 8 Top gymnasts ages 6-8 and 9-11 make up the TOP's National Team. The top 9-11 year aIds participated in a national training camp in order to increase their abilities and knowledge in the sport.

THE JOHN HANCOCK TOUR OF WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS EXTENDED .. . ... . .... .. ......... . .... . .. ... ..... 1 2 More cities have been added to the John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions. The tour was such a hit, with overwhelming success in each of the 34 cities, that tour promoters, gymnasts, coaches and everyone involved decided to extend the show.

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Amy Chow may be a woman of few words, but her actions certainly speak louder than words. She won the silver medal on bars at the 1996 Olympic Games, making her the first Asian-American gymnast to medal at an Olympic Games. USA Gymnastics talked to Amy about her current and future plans.

THE "YOUNG AND RESTLESS" Top JUNIOR GYMNASTS ........ . . . ...... ... ........... . .. . . .. 25 We've been hearing all about the 1996 Olympic Team and the successful showing in Atlanta, but, behind our successful seniors, we also have some very talented juniors who are eager to make their mark on the gymnastics world. Read all about Vanessa Atler, Johanna Shoemaker, Jason Gatson and Brett McClure.


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Steve Whitlock USA Gymnastics Board of Directors Chai~: Sandy Knapp; President: Kathy Scanlan; President Emeritus: Mike Donahue; Amateur Athletic Union: Mike Stanner; Constituent Me~bers: American Sokol Organization: Jerry Milan; Amencan Turners: Betty Heppner; College Gymnastics Association: Roy Johnson; National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women: Gail Davis; National Association for Girls and Women in Sport: MariJyn Strawbrid ge; National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges: Yvonne Hod ge; National Collegiate Athletic Association: Chris Voelz, Tom Dunn; National

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Independent Gym Clubs: Lance Crowley; U.S. Elite Coaches Association for Men's Gymnastics: Mark Williams; U.S. Elite Coaches Association for Women's Gymnastics: Gary Anderson, Roe Kreutzer; U.S. Men's Gymnasti cs Coaches Association: Marc Yancey; U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Coaches Association: Suz ie DiTullio; Young Men's Christian Association of the USA:

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President of USA Gymnastics

Many clubs are reporting enrollment increases of 10-25%, with a few experiencing enrollment increases of 30-40%. In addition to enrollment increases, coaches are finding that team members are more dedicated, committed and fired up than they were prior to the Olympics.

ith the impact of the women's Olympic Gold Medal, the men's spectacular climb from ninth in the world to fifth at the Olympics, and the success of the Jolm Hancock Tour of World Gynulastics Champions, enrollment at clubs across the country is booming!


Many clubs are reporting enrollment increases of 10-25%, with a few experiencing enrollment increases of 30-40%. In addition to enrollment increases, coaches are finding that team members are more dedicated, conunitted and fired up than they were prior to the Olympics. One member club owner in Ohio reported, 'We saw a significant increase in our beginning level gymnastics program in all age groups, but one of the biggest things we noticed was an increase in enthusiasm among our competitive gyrrmasts." A club owner in Arizona said, '1 think the gold medal team is great. TIleir gold medal has made boys and girls more enthusiastic about exercise and gymnastics." And a club owner in Massachusetts observed, "The gold medal women's Olympic team has done a lot to discredit the negative media attention because of the healthy look of the gyrrmasts." USA Gynulastics membership has increased, with the boys experiencing a 5% increase from 1995 to 1996 and the women a 7% increase. With the nwnbers increasing, gymnastics being more visible and popular than ever, and Olympians leading the way as role models, I hope that you all feel a surge of pride in being gyI1Ulasts. Not only is gyrrmastics one of the world's most demanding and difficult sports, it is

also a sport that requires incredible dedication and a commihnent to excel. TIle devotion and dedication you leam in the gym is most often transferred to school and work life - where gymnasts can abnost always be found at the top of their class or the top of the workplace team. And, each and every athlete who is a member of USA Gymnastics knows they are on the USA Team! By pushing each other to be better, we all do better, including those at the OlympiC pumacle. I attended one of the last stops of the 1996 Jolm Hancock Tour. The show was as fresh and wonderful as the opening performance. It showed the grace and power of artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. The crowds cheered and gave the gynulasts a standing ovation. After the show was over, Dominique Dawes and Sharman Miller asked me if the Tour was h elping gymnastics . I told them-definitely YES! Enrollment is booming. Gymnasts are re-dedicating themselves to the sport. And most importantly, all of our members are taking renewed pride in being gymnasts.

So, I hope you will join me and others in talking about gymnastics. Let your friends know and encourage others to join you in this wonderful sport. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1997

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TOPS 6-8 YEAR OLD TEAM The following is 0 li st of the 6-8 year old Notional TOP Team members. These athletes were selected from 600 athletes that tested regionolly. They gualified a coach from their club to participote in the National TOP Training Camp held in Tulsa, Okla ., Dec. 4-8 . These coaches worked closely with the USA Gymnastics National Team Coaching Staff and National Sports Science Staff on methods of developing these fine young gymnasts .

NAME Courtney Adams Katherine Bahner Anna Ball Kelli Bates Stephanie Bevan Alison Bloom Brooke Borsa Julie Burkett leah Conn Shawntae Cline Audrey Copeland Tara Croix Heather Cropley Melissa Cummiskey Alyssa Docay Allison Dama Kristy Dougan Jessica Dover

Sabrina Fanceschelli Anoya Fermin Kori Fitzmaurice

Brittany Foley Virginia Fox Jessalyn Gale Shayla Garcia India Greer Danielle Hannah Kendall Harlan Britney Hortnell Alana Henderson Tanya Ho Anty Huynh Hayley Jensen Tawni Jones

Shano Karp Kimberly Klafczynski Jessica Knickrehm Melissa Konderik Marie Koudela Kelsey Kowalski Courtney levering Lauren louis

Kelsea Marble Cassidy McComb Chelli se Memmel Lauren Morris

Kristyn Moskal lauren Munck Marcie Newby Kyle Nooe Cleona Oliver Stephanie Onerecker Carley Patterson Michelle Phillips leann Pietruszka Jaclyn Polk Ashley Priess Erica Ratcliff lindsay Regan Natalie Riley lauren Riley Kathryn Ringer Nicole Sontomauro Maria Scaffadi Staci Ann Shalkowski Isso Shimamoto

Koche Speight Kiersten Spoerke Sarah Stottlemyer Kaitlyn Van Horn Spencer Vogel Erin Wax lina Weber Katie Woodward linzi Wotring Crystal路 lee Ying


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(LUB REG. (ITY East Cooper Gym 8 Sullivans Island, SC Kippers 3 Ardomre, OK Hills 7 Gaithersburg, MD NASA 2 Port Orchard, WA Shields Gymnastics 7 Bridgewater, NJ Twisters 6 West Islip, NY 7 Allentown, PA Parkettes Mega Gymnastics Evansville, IN 5 Top Flight Gym 5 Independence, KY Glendale Gymnastics 7 Belpre,OH Gigi Gymnastics I Tucson, AI 7 Forest Hill, MD Harford Gymnastics Dynamic 1 Perris, CA Stumpf's 6 Clarence, NY Airborne Gymnastics 1 Union City, CA Great lakes lansing, MI 5 Cats Southington, 6 Classics Gymnastics 5 Akron,OH Charles River Gymnastics 6 Roslindale, MA Desert Gymnastics 1 Victorvi lle, CA Scamps 4 Zion, ll Arizona Sunrays 1 Phoenix, AZ Kips 8 Hattiesburg, MS Charles River Gymnastics 6 Dedham, MA Jo's Olympic Action 1 Mesa, AZ 1 Tucson, AI Gigi Gymnastics 1 Vacavi lle, CA Gymagic Cypress Gymnastics 3 Houston, TX Salem, WI Scamps 4 Exper-Tiess St James, NY 6 Gymagic 1 Elk Grove, CA Texas Star Gymnastics 3 Houston, TX 1 Travis AFB, CA Gymagic 1 Henderson, NV Green Valley Marvateens 7 Chevy Chase, MD Thome Gymnastics Strongsville, O H 5 Champions 3 Edmond, OK Arizona Sun rays 1 Phoenix, AZ 7 State College, PA Nittany Gymnastics Gym Spot 5 Glen Ellyn, Il Dallas Gymnastics 3 Dallas, TX Rebound 7 Keyport, NJ Infinote Bounds 3 Plano, TX Green Valley 1 Henderson, NV Saltos/M&M Gymnastics 4 West Allis, WI 7 Fredericksberg, VA Paragon Gymnastics GTC of Rochester, MI Rochester, MI 5 Rebound 7 Cliffwood Beach, NJ 7 Va. Beach, VA Ocean Tumblers Charlotte International 8 Charlotte, NC Harris Gymnastics 3 San Antonio, TX Champions 3 Edmond, OK Elite Gymnastics 8 Baton Rouge, LA 1 Sacramenta , CA Gymagic Thome Gymnastics Strongsville, OH 5 4 St Peters, MO Team Central Midwest Acd. of Gym 5 Winfield, Il Diablo Gymnastics 1 Danville, CA Parkettes Easton, PA 7 Southern Ind. Gym New Albany, IN 5 levittown, PA Bensalem 7 7 Rebound Middletown, NJ Greenlawn, NY New Image Gymnastics 6 laFleur's 4 Sussex, WI Rebound 7 Metuchen, NJ Ai rborne Gymnastics 1 Los Gatos, CA Desert Gymnastics 1 Apple Valley, CA Classics Gymnastics Brunswick, O H 5 Yuma Gymnastics 1 Yuma, AZ Richland Gymnastics lexington, O H 5 Gigi Gymnastics 1 Tucson, AZ Gymnasiono 8 Zachary, LA Hills 7 Bethesda, MD GTC of Ohio 5 Monroe,OH Partettes 7 Orefield, PA 7 Hazlet, NJ Rebound


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These a thletes participated in the 1996 National TOP Testing held in Rochester, NY. A ll of the a thletes showed dramatic improvement aver the past year. Everyone appears to be doing their homework . They participated in a National Train ing Camp held in Tulsa , Oklahoma , the week of December 4 through 8 , 1996.

The men ' sand women' s collegiate competitive seaso n will be in full swing in January. Support co llegia te gymnastics by a ttending competitions at colleges in your area. Listed belo w are s ome terrific meets to see: COMPETITION Southwest Cup James Madison Invitational Pennsylvania Collegiate Champs. Ivy League Championships Santa Barbma Invitational NECollegiate Champs. Lobo Invitational ECAC Open Championships Michigan Invitational NCGA Championships PAC 10 Championships SEC Championships Atlantic 10 Championships Big 10 Championships Big West Championships ECAC Championships Eastern Intercollegiates EAGL Championships National Independent Champs. Mountain Pacific Sports Fed. Sun Devil Invitational NAIGC Championships NCAA Regionals

USA Gym. Collegiate Nationals NIT Championships NCAA National Championships




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Sarah Fong Keri Fryoux Lauren-Ashley Garan Amanda Gavron Amber Griggs Katie Gracki Katie Hammond Carly Han sen Sadie Hansen Kimberly Horman

Last issue we ran a listing of colleges that offer gymnastics programs. There were a couple of mistakes that we'd like to correct.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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If you missed the first 34 stops of the John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions you Kurt Thomos and a young gymnast from the crowd. may be able to catch one of the added shows. DATI That's right ... Monday, Jon. 6 Wednesday, Jon. 8 more cities have Thursday, Jon. 9 been added to the Saturday, Jon. 11 schedule in Sunday, Jon. 12 January and Monday, Jon. 13 February 1997. The Wednesday, Jan. 15 tour was such a hit Friday, Jan. 17 Saturday, Jan. 18 with overwhelmSunday, Jan. 19 ing success in each Monday, Jan. 20 of the 34 cities, that Wednesday, Jan. 22 tour promoters, Thursday, Jan. 23 gymnasts, coaches Tuesday, Jan. 28 and everyone Wednesday, Jan. 29 Thursday, Jon. 30 involved decided Friday, Jon. 31 to extend the show.




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CITY Konsos (ity, Missouri Madison, WISConsin Peoria, Ilhnois Evansville, Indiana Louisville, Kentucky


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Dominique Dawes

Columbus, Ohio Rochester, New York

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Shannon Miller

War Memorial

Dominique Moceanu

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Amanda Borden Amy Chow

Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Jaycie Phelps

Charleston, West Virginia

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Jessica Davis

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dean Smith Arena

Baltimore, Maryland

Bahimore Arena

Fairfax, Virginia

Putriot Center

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Coliseum

Lilia Podkopayeva

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Sports Complex

Mihai Bagiu

Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland Center (tentative)

John Macready

Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola Civic Center

John Roethlisberger

Tallahassee, Florida

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Kurt Thomas

Monday, Feb. 10

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Friday, Feb. 14

Reno, Nevada

Lawlor Events Center

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Amy Chow is a woman of few words, but her actions certainly speak louder than words. Chow, from San Jose, Calif., made history at the 1996 Olympic Games, when she became the first Asian-American gymnast to medal at an Olympics. In addition to winning the team gold, Chow won the silver medal on bars, her favorite event. We caught up with Chow and asked about her current schedule and future plans. Here's what she had to say: How has the John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions been going? Good. We finished in November and we start 24 more shows in January and February ]997. What's the best and worst part of the tour? The bus ride is the best part because we all get to be together and hang out. We eat dinner and watch movies like Now and Then, Tommy Boy, and Cutting Edge. Some people like the scary movies, but not me. There are two VCR's, one up front and one in back, so we can watch two movies at the same time. The worst part of the tour is all the traveling and being gone a lot. What's a normal day like on the tour? After a show we depart the city at about]] :00 p.m. and arrive in another city around 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning. We go in the hotel, sleep a lillie, and then go to the mall, do a book signing tour, or just hang out. Then we go to rehearsal around 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. Then we do the same thing the next day. We usually go home on Monday and start the whole thing over on Thursday. Do you get to see many sites in each city? Usually we don't get to see much. We did get to go to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. In Atlanta we all went to Siggers, a beauty salon, and got our hair and fingernails done. It was fun. We heard you injured your ankle while on tour. What happened? I broke it doing a standing full on beam at the Sacramento tour stop. The next weekend was the

San Jose show and I was disappointed because I wanted to perform in my hometown. I had to wear a boot for about three weeks and then I had to tape or wear a brace for a few more weeks. I'm planning on competing in the Reese's International Gymnastics Cup in January so I'm hoping it's 100% by then. Tell us about the new move on bars you competed at the Olympic Games. Is it named after you now? Yes, it is called the Chow II. It's a full twisting front stalder. Is there a Chow I? Yes, it's a back stalder one-and-a-half twist on bars. It was named after me when I competed it at the ]994 World Championships. When we spoke with you about a year ago, you did not yet have your driver's license because there was no time. Did you finally get one? No, but I did finally get my driver's permit. I practice a lillie bit. I hope to get my drivers license before next fall. What's your next big competition? The Reese's International Gymnastics Cup in Anaheim, January 25th. It's a nice format and I'm looking forward to it. They're pairing us up with another gymnast from the U.S. to form a team. It will be televised on NBC Sports. When do you start school at Stanford University? Are you still going to train in gymnastics? Next fall. I probably will train while I'm at school. I'll still be close to my home gym so I'll probably continue to train at West Valley Gymnastics. I can't compete in college gymnastics because I decided to turn professional, What are you planning to study at Stanford? Biology. I'd like to be n pediatrician. I've wanted to do this for a very long time. I like working with kids and I like science. What advice would you give young gymnasts who want to win an Olympic medal like you? Work hard, believe in yourself and have fun!

INTERESTING FACT When Amy was 3 years old her mother tried to enroll her in ballet The ballet school would not take Amy at such a young age so. instead. she started gymnastics_ The rest is history!



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hether packed in a brightly colored lunch box sporting a favorite action hero, or in a simple, brown paper bag, school lunches should contain nutritious foods kids like. Sounds simple, but for those who pack lunches day after day, it's not easy. That's probably because there is so much to consider, such as: • What combination of foods make up a "healthy" lunch? • Are they simple and easily packed? • Can they remain safe without refrigeration until lunchtime? • And most importantly, will they be eaten? The Food Guide Pyramid, a tool which outlines daily food choices for a healthy diet, consists of five different food groups, arranged according to their recommended number of daily servings. Combined with serving size guidelines, the Pyramid illustrates the basics of healthy eating-balance, moderation and variety. Here are suggestions for nutritious, kid pleasin' school lunch foods based on the Food Guide Pyramid. Try to include a serving from each of the five food groups in every

lunch. Keep in mind, though, that the Food Guide Pyramid is a general guide. No one eats perfectly all the time. What you eat over several days is more important than applying the Pyramid guidelines on a strict meal-by-meal basis. Remember too, all foods can fit into a healthful diet if eaten in moderation. An occasional sugary snack or high-fat food is okay to include in a school lunch. Rather than forbidding foods, children should learn how to include all types of foods in their diet. The daily number of servings shown for each food group is based on a daily calorie count of 2,000-2,200, which is about right for most children. Calorie needs are influenced by a child's age, sex, size and activity level. It's important to provide children with at least the lower number of indicated servings each day.

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2 servings (for a totol of 6 ounces) for children. Contributes Protein, Niacin, Iron, and Thiamin (81). 2 ounces sliced meat (chicken. turkey breast. lean ham and lean roast beef are the best choices) 2 tablespoon peanut butter (fruit preserves. honey or sliced fresh fruit give a new iwist to the traditional PB & J or simply stuff in celery sticks.) 1/3 cup peanuts

Milk Group . :.~ :-\ 2-3 servings for children. '. Contributes Calcium, Riboflavin (82) and Protein. Most schools sell 8 ounce cartons of low fat milk. Low fat chocolate milk may also be available and is an acceptable choice. Other food choices from the milk group include:


Fruit Group 2-3 servings for children. Contributes V'lfamins Aand C. Many whole fruns also provide dietary fiber. These popular, fresh ÂŁruns from the produce department are easy to include in school lunches: 1 medium apple 1/2 cup cantaloupe chunks 12 grapes 1 medium banana 1 small pear 1 medium orange

2 ounces low-fat cheese 8 ounces of yogurt (A multitude of kid pleaSing flavors abound.) Take note-rnany "kiddie yogurts" come in 4 ounce containers.

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3-4 servings for children. Contributes Vitamins Aand Cand Dietary Rber. Fresh and crunchy vegetables are the obvious school lunch choice. Choose kid favorites like: 7-8 baby carrots 7-8 celery sticks 3 broccoli florets 3 cauliflower florets Pre-cut vegetables in the produce department make it easy to include these important foods in a school lunch. Consider including fat free dip or salad dressing for vegetable dunking.


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he "Young and Restless" describe the U.s.'s top junior gymnasts. They are full of talent, energy, enthusiasm, and eager to make their mark on the gymnastics world. We've been hearing all about the 1996 Olympic Team and the successful showing in Atlanta, but, behind our successful seniors, we also have some very talented juniors! USA Gymnastics would like to introduce you to four top juniors on the U.S. National Team.

Vanessa Atler, the 1996 Junior National Champion, will turn 15 on February 17. She's from California and dreams of making the 2000 Olympic Team. Johanna Shoe111aker, 14, is the 1996 Rhythmic Junior National Champion. She's from North Potomac, Md., and also has a goal to make the Olympic Team in 2000.

Jason Gatson, 16, trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., and won his first international competition in 1996 during the USA vs. Canada dual event. Brett McClure w ill turn 16 on February 19. He's from Mill Creek, Wash., and is the 1996 Team 2000 Champion in the 14-15 age group. Let's meet each of top junior gymnast. .. and fino out wbat lie.r aheadfor USA GYlllna.rtic...!

VANESSA ATLER Hometown and current residence: Canyon Country, Calif. Birthday: February 17, 1982 Age: Turns 15 on Feb. 17 Club: Gliders Coaches: Steve and Beth Rybacki School: learning Post Year in School: 9th grade Began Gymnastics: 1987 USA GtJlltnastic.r: How mw when iJiJ YOLL get your .rind in !J1JI1UUMtic.r?

Atler: I started when I was 5 because I wanted to be a cheerleader. I saw cheerleaders on TV and I wanted to do that too. But, once I started gymnastics, I loved it so I stuck with it. I started with gymnastics class at Aerials, then moved to Gymnastics Unlimited for three years until I was a Level 5, and then I moved to AV Twisters for about three years until I was a Level 10. I came to Gliders about 2 1/2years ago to be an elite. Aller continued on poge 30 JANUARY/FEBRUARY

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JOHANNA SHOEMAKER Hometown and current residence: North Potomac, Maryland Birthday: June 3, 1982 Age: 14 Club: Rhythmflex Coach: Catherine Yakhimovich School: Montrose Christian School Year in School: 9th grade Began Gymnastics: I began artistic gymnastics in 1987 and switched to rhythmic gymnastics in 1992 USA GynuUMticJ-: How dU) you get J"tarted in artistic gymnaJ"tiu mUJ why dU) you J"witch to rhythmic?




Shoemaker: When I was younger I was always bouncing around and my grandmother decided to put me in gymnastics a week before I turned five. Later on, I decided I didn't like artistic gymnastics and I wanted to quit. My coach called Catherine (Yakhimovich) and told her about me. Catherine asked me to give rhythmic gymnastics a try. I did, I liked it, and I'm still doing it.

USA GtJmnaJ"ticJ": You J"taJ-ted rhythmic gymnaJ"ticJ" in 1992 and took 10th all-around aJ" ajlUzior at the 1994 Rhythmic National ChampiofU'hipJ". By 1996 you were the Junior National Champion for rhythmic gymnaJ"ticJ". How dW you climh up the ladder J"O quickly?

Shoemaker: With the encouragement and help of my coach. Also, the encouragement of my teammates. I train about four hours per day, five days a week. USA GynvlaJ"ticJ-: What do you like about rhythmic gynvlaJ"ticJ-?

Shoemaker: The whole thing. It's fun. Everyone knows everyone else in the sport. We get to interact with everyone. USA GynvlaJ"ticJ-: What were you doing during the 1996 Olympic GanteJ mUJ dU) it inJ"pire you?

Shoemaker: I was trying to watch it nonstop at home_ It inspired me. I realized I need to work harder to make it to the 2000 Olympic Games. USA GynvlaJ"ticJ-: Tell me about your coach.

Shoemaker: Catherine is nice. She's from Russia. Sometimes she's really strict, but she cares a lot about her gymnasts. USA GynvlaJ"ticJ-: What are your future goal.r?

Shoemaker: I'd like to be the senior national champion and go to the Olympic in 2000. USA GynvlaJ"ticJ-: Tell me about J"chooL

Shoemaker: I go from 8:30 -3: 1S each day. My favorite subject is science. I want to be a first grade teacher when I get older. It seems fun and I like teaching little kids. USA GymnaJ"ticJ-: Tell me about your family.

Shoemaker: I have parents, one older brother who is 16, one younger brother who is 12, and a younger sister who is S. My brothers play basketball and my little sister just plays around a lot. She has rhythmic equipment and basketballs that she plays with. USA GtJmllaJ"ticJ-: What do you like to do in your J"pare time, II'hCll you're not in the gym or in J"chool?

Shoemaker: Hang out with my friends, swim, or just sit at home and read a book or something. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1 997

JASON GATSON Hometown: Mesa, Arizona Current residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado Birthday: June 25, 1980 Age: 16 Club: U.S. Olympic Training Center Coach: Ron Brant and Vitaly Marinitch School: American School (home study) Year in School: Junior Began Gymnastics: 1986 USA Gymnastics: How anfl wby dUJ you get ,Haded ill gymllastic.r?





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Gatson: I was at home jumping oft the fireplace. My mom took me to the doctor and asked him what to do with me because I was so active. The doctor suggested she enroll me in a gymnastics dass. So at 6 years old I started taking a dass once or twice a week at a dub in Texas. I moved to Arizona when I was 7 and started training with Mike Naddour. USA Gynuuutics: Wbat do you like about gynuuutics

Gatson: I just love the sport and it has taken me pretty far. I've been on the Junior National Team for quite a few years and now I'm training at the OTC. I like competing especially. It's a rush when I compete. It makes me feel real good. USA G1JllUUUtics: Wby dUJ you nwve to USOTC in Colorado Spring.r?

Gatson: My coach, Mike Naddour, and I talked about it for a couple of years and we finally decided it was the right time for me to move to Colorado Springs and train at the Olympic Training Center. USA Gynuuutic.r: Wbat'.r the hest and wor.rt thing about living away from bonze?

Gatson: I miss my family, but I get to go home once every month or two to visit. The training, coaching and gym atmosphere are the best things. , USA GyI1Ula.ftic.r: What were you doing during the '96 Olympic Gal1U.f?

Gatson: I was sitting in my dorm room at the training center and watching the Games. The thought crossed my mind many times that I wanted to be there. It motivated me to work harder and go for my goals.

USA Gymnastics: What are yourfuture goal.r in the .rport?

Gatson: I'd like to make some World Teams and the 2000 Olympic Team.

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McClure: When I was 9 years old I was watching the Goodwill Games which were here in Seattle in 1990. My family and I decided to go to gymnastics because we'd never seen the sport before. I saw Lance Ringnald on floor and decided that was cool and I wanted to do that, too. I came home and started trying flips off the stairs. My parents said, "lets get you into a class," so, I started at Cascade Elite. A friend of mine from soccer went there, too.

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McClure: I dan't really have any spare time, but if I do, I like to relax, watch movies with friends and listen to music. USA C,JllUuutiCJ: Wbal is yow' "chedule?

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McClure: I get up at 6:00 a.m. and go to school from 7:15-12:30. My school ~ lets me out early so that I can train longer hours. I go to the gym fram 1:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday I go to ~ gym from 2:00-6:00 p.m. USA Gyl1uuutiCJ: Soww" like a bu.nJ "cbedule!

McClure: That's what it takes, hard work!

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McClure: I like the sport because it's challenging. It's the most difficult sport there is. It takes a lot of time and dedication to learn the sport.

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McClure: Determination. We're trying to get as many international opportunities as possible in the next four years so we can gain experience and compete with the rest of the world.

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USA GY"UULJ'tic.r: I.r GlUJer.r /ar /rom your hOMe?

Atler: Yes. It's about an hour drive one way to get to the gym. My parents take me. Sometimes they'll go watch a movie or hang out and sometimes they'll go home if it's a long workout. They really do a lot for me. I told them if I ever get rich I'd buy my mom a tennis court and my dad a new car. USA GtJI1UULJ'tic.r: What do YOlllike MOlll: gYl1lna.rtic.r?

Atler: It's challenging. I mostly like the competition and performing in front of an audience. I love when they clap with me as I perform. I like it when they're proud of me and I'm proud of myself.

Atler: I don't like tennis. It's too frustrating for me. USA Gyl1l1la.rtic.r: I'm .rw·e YOIl were watchlizg tbe gYI1lIULJ'tic.r competition at tbe OLYl1lpic Game.r. Where were YOIl and how dW YOIl react?

Atler: We were at the gym working out and we had a big TV so we could watch the competition. When Kerri (Strug) fell on her first vault we couldn't believe it. We didn' t think the U.S. would win. We knew it was close between the USA and Russia. When she landed her second vault we were all cheering and screaming. It motivated me a lot! USA GtJI1UULJ'tic.r: What are yow-jllture goal.r?

USA GtJI1lIla.rtic.r: What wa.r it like competillg liz the evellt, USA v.r. World, with .rol1le 0/ the OlYl1lpiall.r?

Atler: It was unbelievable. My mouth was wide open. They were really nice to me. Dominique Moceanu said, "come over and talk to me." We talked about school and stuff. USA GyI1lIla.rtic.r: Speaking o/.rchool how do YOIl/it that ill to yow' bll.f1J training .rchedllle?

Atler: I go to Learning Post School, which is an independent study school. I go every Wednesday for two hours and they grade my work, give me tests, and hand out assignments for the next week. I also go to Canyon High School for French class. I'm training about 30 hours a week, now. USA GtJl1UZa.rtic.r: What do YOlllike to do /or/lIJl whenyoll 're out 0/ the gym?

Atler: I like to play baseball, basketball and Monopoly with my brother, who is 16. If I wasn't in gymnastics I would want to play baseball. I really like it. USA GtJIIUZa.rtic.r: Tell l1le a little MOllt your parella.

Atler: My dad is an electronic technician for the post office and my mom is a tennis instructor.

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Atler: I want to go to the 2000 Olympics. I'd like to win a medal too, but I think just being an Olympian is an honor. I also want to get a college scholarship. I'd like to go to Stanford so that I can stay in California. USA GtJl1ZIla.rtic.r: Do YOIl have a role IIwdeL ill the .rport?

Atler: My coach, Beth Rybacki, because she went through a lot to make the 1980 Olympic Team and then there was the boycott and she couldn't compete. Beth is just really incredible, I saw tapes of her. She can still show us how to do stuff and she does it great. USA GtJlll1la.rtic.r: What'.r yow' other coach, Steve Ryback~ Like?

Atler: He's really cool. He's almost like a dad. He understands how we feel. He jokes with us and is funny. He's always happy and upbeat. We like being around him. He's an awesome coach. Intere.J"ting Note A boul Vane.Y.m:

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Sixteen·year.old April Radovich, a Level 10 gymnast, led the Cuyamaco YMCA team to the YMCA National Championships, June 27-29, 1996 in Toledo, Ohio. April placed first in the all-around, second in vault and floor, and was named an AIIAmerican. April also placed second at the CIF Championships in San Diego County, California, and was named most valuable gymnast for her high school, Granite Hills. April is coached by Debby Lenz and Diane Wavrik.

ERIC HARLAN BILLINGS, MONTANA Eric, 11, competed as a Class VI gymnast last season and is working on his Class Vskills for the upcoming season. He trains at Billings Gymnastics School and is coached by Tom Streets. Eric's team, a terrific group of boys, took first in the state meet and Eric placed first on pommel horse, his favarite apparatus.

Jeanmarie, 10, started gymnastics at the age of 2 at Bucci's Gymnastics. She finished her LevelS USA Gymnastics season as a vaulting champion scoring a 9.50 and is a member of the 1996 first place team in the Upstate New York Team Cup Championships scoring a 36.85 in the all·around. Jeanmarie is moving to Georgia and will be competing Level 6 for Georgia Gymnastics Acodemy in Suwanee, Georgia. She is currently coached by Nick and Bonnie Bucci and will soon be coached by 1988 Olympic Team Member Hope Spivey-Sheeley.



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1996 SENIOR PACIFIC ALLIANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS The 1996 Senior Pacific Alliance Championships took place in Kuantan, Malaysia, in November 1996. The U.S. sent a men's, women's and rhythmic delegation . The U.S. women won the team competition and were represented by Mohini Bhardwaj from Brown's Gymnastics in Houston , Texas; Theresa Kul ikowski from Colorado Aerials in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Kristen Maloney from Parkettes in Allentown, Pa.; and Katie Teft from Twistars in Grand Ledge, Mich. The U.S. women's coaches included: Alexander Alexandrov, Rita Brown, Jack Carter, Tom Forster, John Geddert and Donna Strauss. Bhardwaj won the all-around competi tion with a score of 38.800. Teft took fourth with a 38.100 followed by Maloney in fifth with a 38.025, and Kulikowski tied for sixth with a 37.860. Bhardwaj won vault with a 9 .644 and Teft took fifth . Bhardwaj and Teft tied for the bronze medal on bars with a 9.762. Bhardwaj took second on bea m with a 9.575 and Maloney took seventh . Teft and Bhardwaj took second and third, respectively, on floor with scores of 9.70 and 9.687. The U.S. Men's Team, coached by Fred Turoff, consisted of two veterans and two up-and-coming gymnasts including Garry Denk from the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Steve McCain from UCLA, Aaron Cotter from the University of Iowa, and Kenneth Sykes from Temple University. The men took fourth in the team competition following China, Japan and Australia. Cotter, who was on his ~rst intema~onal assignment, was the highest allaround ~nish for the U.S. in ninth place. Denk finished 12th, Sykes took 13th and McCain did not compete rings due to a sore shoulder. Cotter, Denk and McCain made event ~nals but the highest ~ni sh was Denk's fourth on Roor exercise.

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CATANIA CUP Juniors Gai l Kachura from Capi tal Gymnastics in Centrevi lle, Va ., and Robin Phelps from Cincinnati Gymnastics in Cincinnati, Ohio, competed in the 1996 Catan ia Cup in Catania, Italy. The event was extremely competitive with five 1996 Olympians competing in the event. Kachura, 15, fin ished ninth a ll-around with a score of 37.85 and qualified for vaulting final s where she placed fourth with a 9.450. Kachura is coached by Tatiana Perska ia. Phelps, coached by Steve Elliott, had some uncharacteristic falls and scored a 34.90. Italy's Martina Bremini took first all around with a 38.80. Second place went to Belarus' Elena Piskun with 38.65, and third place was Romania's Alexandra Marinescu with a 38.350. Ita ly's Laura Montagnolo won vau lt (9.663), Italy's Adriana Cri sci won bars (9.80), Piskun won beam (9.775), and Bremi ni won floor with a 9.85. Sandy Th ielz served as the judge and delegation leader for the U.S. team.

C h ampionships event was held December 5-8 in Guatemala City. The level of competition for all three disci plines was at a n alltime high, a s attested by the success of the Brazilian women, the Cuban and Canadia n men and the Canadian rhythmic a thletes.

USA DELEGATION Women: Melinda Baimbridge and Lindsay Wing from Cypress Academy (Houston, Texas) and coached by Debbie Ka itschuck; Carri Nagle from Parkettes (Allentown, Pa.) and coached by Jack Carter; Eli se Ray from Hill's Angels (Gaithersburg, Md .) and coached by Kelli Hill. Judges included Maria De Cristofaro a nd Connie Maloney. Men: Paul Ha mm from Swiss Turners (Waukesha, Wis.); Ja mie Natalie from Prestige Gymnastics (Hokessin, Del.); Sterling Richards from USA Gymnastics World (Woods Cross, Utah.); a nd Kris Zimmerman from Buffalo Grove Gymnastics (Buffalo Grove, 111.). Coaches included Kelly Crumley from Buffalo Grove Gymnastics and USA Gymnastics' Men's Program Manager Dennis Mcintyre. Judges included Jon Boulton and Ernesto Vazquez. Rhythmic: Kate Jeffress and Johanna Shoemaker from Rhythmflex Gymnastics (Rockville, Md .) and coached by Catherine Yakhimovich; Tara McCargo from International Rhythmic Gymnastics (Jacksonville, Fla .) and coached by Efrossina Anguelova; and Kassy Scharringhausen from Atlanta International Rhythmic Gymnastics (Atlanta, Ga.) and coached by Marina Davidovich. Judges included Ellen Nyemcsik and Norma Zabka. Kathleen Hickey Kane accompanied the group as the Athletic Trainer.


The rhythmic delegation, cooched by Lana Lashoff, included seniors Lauri Illy and Natalie Lacuesta from Rhythmic Gems in Glenview, III., and junior Danielle Lord from Creative Rhyth mic Gymnastics in Portland, Ore., who was on her first international assignment. Lard, the youngest competitor in the event, finished seventh a ll -around in the junior division and made a ll four event final s placing eighth on rope, sixth on hoop, fourth in clubs a nd fifth in ribbon . For the sen iors, Illy fin ished eighth a nd Lacuesta 10th all-around . Illy made three event fin a ls placing eighth on rope, tied for sixth in ball , and seventh in clubs.

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UIA CAN CAN Johanna Shoemaker UIA Kassy Scharringhausen UIA Kara McCargo UIA

Kate Jeffress

Emily livingston Julie Lomb"o

34.200 34.100 34.100 33.400 31.800 30.800


(oach Wuling Stephenson and Danielle Lord

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Anohi loso Johanna Shoemaker


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• HOOP 1. Kate Jeffress 1. Emily livingllon 3. Loreno Garrow 8. Kassy Scharringhausen CLUBS 1. Julie Lombara 1. Emily livingllon 3. Johanna Shoemaker 8. Kassy Scharringhausen RtBBON 1. Kate Jeffress 1. Emily livingllon 3. Julie Lombora 4. Johanna Shoemaker


8.900 8.900 8.67S 8.000


8.800 8.800 8.750 8.400


8.900 8.900 8.700 8.650

WOMEN TEAM 1. BRA 112.4S0 2. USA 112.300 111.225 3. CAN 4. VEN 109.700 109.500 5. ARG CUB 106.775 6. 7. MEX 104.450 104.050 8. COL 9. GUA·A 101.350 10. CRC 89.950 62.425 11. DOM 12. ESA 60.600 13. CHI 34.025 ALL·AROUND 1. lindsay Wing 2. Elise Ray 3. Daniele Hypolilo 17. Carri Nagle VAULT 1. Lindsay Wing 2. Romina Mazzoni 3. Carly Dockendorl BARS 1. Elise Ray 2. Lindsay Wing 3. Shannon Johnlon BEAM 1. Lindsay Wing 2. Daniele HypolilO 3. Elise Ray FLOOR 1. Elise Ray 2. Romina Mazzoni 3. Daniele Hypolilo 4. lindsay Wing


38.425 37.875 37.850 36.000


9.668 9.549 9.531


9.625 9.512 9.4S0


9.600 9.525 9.512


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160.650 3. USA 4. VEN lS7.875 157.400 5. ARG 155.375 6. 8RA 7. MEX lS4.SS0 8. GUA 122.850 104.200 9. COL 10. PUR 96.200 11. HON 82.550 12. ESA 65.950 41.600 13. PAR ALL·AROUND 1. Alexonder Jeltkorv 2. Johandy Oioz 3. Adonil Valquez 4. Jamie Natalie 10. Paul Hamm 13. Sterling Richards 18. Kris Zimmerman FLOOR 1. Johandy Dioz 2. Eri( Pedereini 3. Sterling Richards 4. Jamie Natalie POMMEL HORSE 1. Anlonio Cesor 2. Johandy Oioz 3. John Hoy 4. Paul Hamm 5. Jamie Natalie RINGS 1. Alexander Jeltkorv 2. Adonil Valquez 3. Ronald Gonzolez 3. JUllin Gerson VAULT 1. Alexander Jeltkorv 2. Johandy Oioz 3. GUllavo Do Fonle PARALLEL BARS 1. Jorge Hugo Giraldo 2. Adonil Valquez 3. Rob Popkin 4. Paul Hamm 7. Jamie Natalie HIGH BAR 1. John Hoy 2. Alexander Jeltkorv 2. Julio Gorcio 8. Jamie Natalie


55.825 5S.800 5S.500 54.475 52.875 52.350 51.650


9.200 9.175 9.150 9.050


9.450 9.275 9.225 9.125 8.975


9.375 9.350 9.250 9.250


9.387 9.375 9.337


9.325 9.225 9.150 9.100 8.300


9.400 9.3S0 9.350 8.475


165.87S 164.400

Below: Some of the U.S. delegation included front row I to r: Connie Maloney, Maria DeCristofaro, Melinda Baimbridge, Corri Nagle, Jamie Natalie, Paul Hamm, and Kalhleen Kane. Second row I to r: Elise Ray, Kelli Hill, Ja(k Carler, lindsay Wing, Debbie Kails(hu(k, Kris Zimmerman, Kathy S(anlan, Sterling Ri(hards, Dennis Mcintyre, and Kelly Crumley.

I Right: 1997 USA Gymnasti(s Junior Olympi( Rhythmi( group participants




BEGINNING 1. Challooga Siorl 24.3S Twenty-four Rhythmic Groups participated IT. Eybergen, K. I/o, 1. Medlin, A. S(hwortz, I. (ox) in the third Rhythmic Junior O lympic 2. Cholloogo Jeles 21.75 Group Championships, October 12-13, IK. Breoux, 5. Earl, C Horrigan, K. Smll) 21 .25 a t The Elite Sports Complex in Downers 3. Rhylhmi( Geml ' Rubys IK. Barnell, f. Menmff, S. Pelerson, K. Ruperl} Grove, III. The entries were d ivided into beginning, intermediate, advanced and INTERMEDIATE advanced / elite categories . Groups com- 1. RhYlhmic Edge B 27.10 1M. Bordos, A. Mossey, M. Nelson, R. Woodrum} peting in the beginning and intermed iate categories used the new compulsory 2. Rhylhmi( Gems· Emeroldl 2S.95 S. Allen, H. Kinzie, S. Meno, L. Neu(kronz} group routines; while the advanced and 3. Rhylhmi( Edge A 24.35 advanced/elite groups performed optionIL. Koppelman, K. WeI, M. Munros, R. Woodrum, al routines . A. Mossey} Each group, consisting of four athletes ADVANCED wi th the option of one a lternate, was 1. Elile Hormany 23.S0 If. Daniels, L. Holman, M. M(Menomin, B. Siegfried, required to compete a grou p rhythmic 5. Siegfried} floor exercise routine because the RFX is considered fundamental for the sport and ADVANCED/ELITE the athletes learn how to work in unison 1. Rhythmi( Gems·Diomondl 27.60 II. Illy, N. Loweslo, K. Lindwoll, A. Pawlicki, L. ungey} without the added d ifficulty and confusion of the apparotus. RIBBON In addition to the RFX routines, each BEGINNING 16.70 g roup was given the option of competing 1. Chollooga Rhylhms If. Byrne, I. (axe, B. Eybergen, T. Eybergen, 1. Giles) the group hoop event, the group ribbon 2. ChaHoogo lIIulians 15.85 event, or both . IC Byrne, S. Earl, M. Reinhard, K. Scotl} 15.25 USA Gymnastic Rhythmic Program Director 3. Rhylhmic Edge #2 11. DeFrench, R. Lorson, C Narrick, K. Tobin) Nora Campbell, was very pleased with the turn out for this year's event. "The compulso- INTERMEDIATE 25.45 ry group program was in an experimental 1. Rhylhmic Edge B stage at this competition and I am very excit- 2. Rhylhmi( Gems· Emeralds 2S.15 22.60 ed that so many groups took the plunge. We 3. Crealive Group IK. (heng, 1.(/ure, M. (rou(her, K. Low) will now be able to technically re-examine the routines and prepare videos for mer- HOOP chandise distribution in the 1997 season. I BEGINNING 19.40 encouroge a ll rhythmic clubs to introduce the 1. Cholloogo 510rl compulsory group program. It's a marvelous INTERMEDAITE 22.1 S oppartunity for students at a ll levels. The 1. Creolive Group younger, less experienced gymnast finds par- ADVANCED 17.60 ticular satisfaction from this event because of 1. Elile Hormony the team work involved, and the ADVANCED/ELITE groupadiv' 1. Rhythmi( Gems · Diomands 26.70 ity provides a great change of pace from the \... ''\... \...

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U.S's Andree Pickens and Kelly Parkinson, both from Cypress Gymnastics in Houston, Texas, traveled to Adelaide, South Australia, for the Australian Cup, October 13-20, 1996. Both gymnasts were coached by Deana Parish. Pickens took third all-around and qualified for a ll four event fina ls. She won the silver medals on vault and bors. Parkinson , on her fi rst international assignment, injured her back and was forced to scratch from the competition. Belarus' Elena Piskun won the all-around, followed by Russia's Oksana Ljapina. The men's all-around title went to China's Jian Shen, followed by Russia's Nikoli Krjkov a nd Eugeni Ghukov. The U.S. men did not send a delegation. Linda Beran was the U.S. judge and del egation leader.

Gymnasts Mark Booth fram Stanford University and Alecia Ingram from Technix in California traveled to the South Africa Cup for an international competition. Booth, coached by Taka Miyagawa, took second in the a ll -around and on floor and pommel horse. He won the gold meda l on parallel bars, tied for the bronze medal on vault, took fourth on rings, and tied for fourth on high bar. Ingram, coached by Rick Newman, earned the silver medal on beam. In addition, she took fourth in the all-araund and on bors and Aoor. Ingram placed Rfth on vault. The men's compennon was won by Hungary's SzyIvesz!er CsoIlany. The women's competinon was won by Russia's Elena Zamoladchikova. Carol Liedke was the judge and deleganon leader. Above: Mark Booth Right: Aleda Ingram




Karissa Chock (Rohnert Park Gymnastics in Novato, Calif.) and Kristen Stucky (Salta Gymnastics in Waukesha, Wis. ) earned their Rrst international medals at the Top Gym Junior Tournament in Charleroi, Belgium, Oct. 19-20. Fo urteen -y ear- Above: The U.S. teamed old Chock, with Canada and Israel to coached by Ben place third in the mixed Carr, took sixth in team competition. the a ll -around Gymnasts Irom Sweden (36 .988) and and Russia took lirst, 101ea rned the lowed by gymnasts Irom bronze medal on Slovenia, Belgium and vau lt. Fourteen- Romania in second. year-old Stucky, coached by Jim Chudy, earned fifth alla round (37.388) a nd won the bronze medal on beam. Joanne Gianni ni served as the judge and delegation leader for the U.S. team. The all-around competition was won by Romania's Maria Olaru, followed by Israel's Olga Menin a nd Russia's Ksenia Bogdanova.





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Dear DOMINIQUE MOCEANU, You are my ali-time favorite gymnast. I especially like your new floor routine you performed in the Olympics. It was cute. Are you stili going to compete in gymnastics after you're done going on tour? I would like to see you in the 2000 Olympics. Do you still keep in touch with the other members of the U.s. Olympic Team? How does it feel to be a


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Dear SHANNON MILLER, I'm 11 years old and train at Shawnee Gymnastics Unlimited. I have been in gymnastics since I was 3. I now train at Level 5. Even though my favorite event is beam I still am afraid to do some things on it. I love doing front tucks, back tucks, and roundoffs off the beam. What are your favorite things on the beam? I'm planning to attend the John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics :1L!=L-_ __ - , Champions in Oklahoma City. I Dear Lacey, your My fa'lorite things to do on beam thought dance to are the Miller, which is a flip flop "Maca rena" was

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Immediate opening for Coach/ Choreographer. Minimum 20 hours/ week. Level 5-10. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Send resume to: Michigan Academy of Gymnastics, 5870 N. Hix Rd., Westland, MI 48185. Fox (313) 721-6445, or call (313) 721 -4001. HEAD GIRLS OPTIONAL TEAM COACH. Seeking enthusiastic and dedicated individual to coach well established, high level option01 team. Primary responsibility with Level 8-10, but some work with developmental team may be required. Experience in directing meets a plus. 12,500 sq. It. facility, in beautiful Colorado Springs with friendly family-oriented atmosphere. Medical benefits available. This is a full-time position with salary based upon certification, experience, and educational bockground. Send resume and salary requirements to: Stars Gymnastics, 3870 Mallow Rood, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, aHention: Susie. Phone (719) 598-6863. GIRLS AND BOYS TEAM COACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE. We are located in beautiful suburban New Jersey, 40 minutes from New York City and 40 minutes from the Pocono Mountains. We are looking for on individual to coach recreational classes through competitive teams. We have a very strong girls team that competes Levels 5-10. Our boys team is fwo years old and in need of a head coach. Knowledge of girls and/or boys USAG programs a musl. We believe in a structured program developed around a positive, motivating and enthusiastic atmosphere. Send your resume to: David J. ReHig, c/o Rellig's Gymnastics Training Center, 19 E. Frederick PI., Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927, or email: Phone (201) 267-5611, or fox (201) 2678969. CHAPPAQUA, NEW YORK. Full-time women's coach needed to work in state-of-the-art 19,000+ sq. fl. facility. Work with all Levels 1 thru elite. Competitive salary commensurate with expe· rience. Please fox resume, cover leHer and salary history to: (914) 238-3568, aHention: Tommy Huray. COACHES NEEDED: GYMNASTICS INSTRUCTOR-Responsibilities include coaching gymnastics classes for children ages 6 and above. Must be energetic and love to work with children. Previous gymnastics experience required. TEAM DIRECTORResponsibilities include managing four girls competitive teams, Levels 4 thru 9. Excellent spoHing capabilities are required for this position. Gymnastics Unlimited has a new 13,000 sq. It. facility that includes a foam pil. If you are creative and energetic and would like the opportunity to help build a successful gymnastics school, then send your resume to: Gymnastics Unlimited, 49 Powers Rood, Westford, MA 01886, phone (508) 692-9907. CALLING ALL GREAT INSTRUCTORS! Fun & Fit Gymnastics Centers is searching for experienced coaches interested in teaching kids of all ages in a completely NON-COMPETITIVE environment with a focus on fun. Port and full-time positions available. Great pay and benefits including medical (100%paid) and paid vocation (up to one month off per year). Experience and references please. If you're great with kids, we wont you! Send resume to: 1919 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. Fox (818) 8453514, or call for on interview: 1-800-800-3162. Experienced Boys Coach and recreational gymnastics teacher wonted. Full or port time. Great working environment! Must be energetic and positive. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Please submit resume with references to: Gymnastics Learning Center, 574 Lake SI., Shrewsbury, MA 01545, aHention: Marianne. Phone (508) 792-1551. RHYTHMIC COACH OR GIRLS ARTISTIC COACHES. Rhythmic Coach required for all levels through elite in on established program. Must have experience at these levels and ability to keep program growing. Girls Artistic Coaches needed for girls progressive pro· gram through level 1O. Choreography a plus. Possibility exists for both positions to be Program Director for the right person. Send resume with salary requirements to: Red River Volley Gymnastics, 1602 32nd Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND 58201 , aHention: Ron Lenz. All Star Gymnastics in beautiful Northville, Michigan, is looking for a GIR~S PROGRAM DIRECTOR and/or TEAM COACH for Levels 5-9. New facility located in a recently-renovated historical landmark with pits and in-ground trak. Looking for enthusiastic and motivated people who are interested in advancemenl. Our mollo J A NU ARY/ FEBRUAR Y 1997



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is "All Children Are Stars." Medical benefits available. Full and part-time positions needed. Please call (810) 380-5330 and ask for Gina, or send resume to: 235 E. Main St., P.O. Box 147, Northville, M148167. Email: GYMNASTICS GIRLS COACH/ CLASS INSTRUaOR. Immediate opening for coach of girls team up to Level 10. Must have knowledge of compulsory routines and requirements in optional levels. Position also includes recreational boys and girls classes. Full or part-time available. Pay and benefits based on experience. Safety certification necessary. Call or send resume to: Wilton Academy, 2248 Rt. 9 South, Howell, NJ 07731, attention: Julie. Phone (908) 462-2079. COACHES WANTED. Full and part-time coaches needed to work with team, preschool. and recreational classes. Applicants for team positions must have experience coaching both Optional and Compulsory levels. We offer top pay and benefits. Our facility is spacious, clean and bright. Our friendly and enthusiastic staff creates an excellent working environment. The gym is located just north of Dallas. Please send or fax resume to: University of Gymnastics, 1400 Summit, Suite D, Plano, TX 75074. Phone (972) 423-5709, fax (972) 422-9772. Applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews. COACH/ PROGRAM DIREaOR needed immediately for established preschool. progressive and team program. YMCA National Championsseveral years. Must hove four year degree and supervisory experience. Send resume or call: Cindy Ferguson, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Bob Sierra Family Branch, 4029 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, FL 33624. Phone (813) 962-3220, fax (813) 264-4807. TEAM COACH. Experienced, energetic and motivated. Must be able to spot high level skills. Developmental through Level 10. Expanding to new facility. GOOD PAY and BENEFITS. Gymnastic World West, 1022 SE 9th Lane, Cape Coral. Florida. Phone: (941) 482-4440. ASSISTANT RECREATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR (temporary, full-time). Salary: $2,197/ mo. plus benefits. This position is directly responsible lor both the aquatics and gymnastics programs in Daly City (population 100,000). Position duties include: program development, staff recruitment, training and supervision and marketing of programs. Experience: twa years experience in a leadership role in both gymnastics and aquatics programs preferred. W.s.I. and USAG Certificotion preferred. Contact: City of Daly City, HR Department, 295-89th Street, #103, Daly City, CA 94015. (415) 991-8028. Twister Gymnastics seeking full and part-time COACHES/ADMINISTRATORS for growing team and recreational programs in sunny South Florida. Send resume with salary requirements to: Twister Gymnastics of Boca, 990 South Rogers Circle #7, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Fax: (561) 994-5214. BOYS TEAM HEAD COACH. Enthusiastic motivated coach is needed for aur 28-member boys team Class 7-Class 1. Coach must be able to handle optional team through to recreational classes. Helpful management and encouraging parents await. This is an opportunity ta work at the 6th largest health club in the nation with staff thot is positive and easy to work with. Please send resume with salary requirements to: Wimbleton Gymnastics, 6161 Shelby Oaks Dr., Memphis, TN 38134, attn: Pete Erickson. Phone (901) 388-4720. GYMNASTICS INSTRuaOR. The Gliders National Team Training Center needs full-time coaches for team and class programs. Looking for optional coaches with experience in vault, bars and tumbling that are ready to work as hard as our athletes. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Send resume to: Charter Oak Gymnastics, 841 N. Dodsworth Ave., Covina, CA 91724, or fax: (818) 967-8838. COACH FOR LEVEL 1-10 GIRLS. Qualities needed: strong spotter bars, tumbling, vault. Good technique. Positive, motivated, energetic. Must be able to teach recreation classes. Call or send resume to: Feigley's School of Gymnastics (Bridgettes), 4475 So. Clinton Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080. ENTHUSIASTIC AND EXPERIENCED COACH NEEDED. Full/ parttime. We are looking for a creative, motivated, and a person who loves gymnastics and children. Developmental thraugh Levell O. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1 997

Please send your resume to: Gold Medal Gymnastics, 1850 Manor Hill, Findlay, OH 45840. Phone (419) 425-4653.

SUMMER CAMP POSITIONS ONE CALL DOES IT ALL!! TEACH GYMNASTICS!! 250 Summer Camp Positions. Choose from over 200 camps/ Northeast. Instructors/ coaches needed to teach gymnastics. All levels needed. Fabulous facilities. Eight weeks. Have a professional recruiter identify the right camp position, salary and compensation package for you. Arlene Streisand's Summer Camp Services. 1-800-443-6428 or (516) 433-8033; fax (516) 933-7949. GYMNASTICS COUNSELORS. Experienced, qualified coaches and instructors, collegiate athletes, needed for CRANE LAKE CAMP in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. 2 1/2 hours from New York City or Boston. Wonderful program. Fantastic, friendly staff. New gym. Call or write Ed Ulanoff, 10 W. 66 Street, New York, NY 10023. 1-800-227-2660. GYMNASTICS INSTRUaORS. TRIPP LAKE CAMp, outstanding residential girls summer camp in Poland, Maine, seeks Gymnastics Director (must be over 21) and Instructors. Dependable, experienced teaching beginner through advanced levels. Knowledge of weight training and aerobics is essential. Position includes salary plus travel allowance, uniform, linens, room and board. Far application, information and interview call: 1-800-997-4347 or 1-800-580-6999. GYMNASTICS DIREaOR AND INSTRUaORS. Private summer camp for girls located in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts seeks Coordinator and Instructors for comprehensive gymnastics program for campers ages 7-15. Beginner-advanced classes. Brand new facility includes: tumbling pits, spring floor, beams, unevens, vault and traveling rig. Competitive salary, room and board, travel allowance. Contact: Action Camping, 17 Westminster Drive, Montville, NJ 07045, 1-800-392-3752. Program runs June 24 - August 22, 1997. EXPERIENCED GYMNASTICS INSTRUaORS. Exceptional private girls summer camp located in Maine seeks experienced, enthusiastic gymnastics instructars. Our well-established program provides instruction in all four Olympic disciplines. Outstanding equipment and facilities, lorgest gym of any camp in New England. Instructors position requires experience in dealing with all levels, ages and abilities. Current CPR/ first aid certification is advantageous. Great chance to meet campers and counselors from all over the world, and experience the magic we have to offer. Excellent salary, room/ travel/board included. For further information, contact 1-800-MATOAKA. GYMNASTICS INSTRUaOR. Cooed summer camp. Beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Run program for 130 girls, new gymnastics building and equipment. Must have experience. Friendly campers and staff. Days off in Boston, Montreal, Maine seacoast. June 18 to August 16. Camp Walt Whitman UG, P.O. Box 558, Armonk, NY 10504, or call 1-800657-8282. SUMMERTIME POSITION. Private girls summer camp in Maine seeks qualified and experienced GYMNASTICS INSTRUaORS. Mature, fun-loving staff members who enjoy both teaching and coaching all levels of gymnastics. Top salaries plus room and boord. Our lakefront facility is magnificent, our site facilities are excellent. Contact Dan or Marcy at: (609) 424-2755, or fax (609) 424-7566. Email: mataponil

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