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February 9, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ED HILLE
In gymnastics, it's usually the younger the better, and they came pretty young as students from eight Philadelphia elementary-school districts competed at the third annual Edwin R. Popper Open Invitational Gymnastics Meet last week. The tournament again proved a showcase for the gymnasts of the Morrison School in Olney, which was the host school for this year's competition. The Morrison team not only won the meet for the third time, but it extended a five-year unbeaten string. In fact, Morrison teams haven't lost an event in five years.
SPORTS
September 19, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Gymnastics tickets are the toughest to obtain in Seoul, but good seats are still available for canoeing, rowing, field hockey and baseball on the third day of the Olympics. By the opening day of the Games on Saturday, the organizing committee said, only 752 of the 154,621 gymnastics tickets were unsold. Also popular are cycling, volleyball, track and field, table tennis, shooting and archery.
BUSINESS
August 1, 1996 | by Eron Barrett, Daily News Staff Writer
The day after Kerri Strug and the U.S women's Olympic gymnastics team won its gold medal, the telephones at Kindercise Gym started ringing. By the time the director of the gymnastics program arrived, she had 15 messages on her answering machine. That's more calls than Sonja Zalenfki typically receives in a month. "People are interested in signing their children up," she said. It has been same story at the Northeast YMCA, which offers three sessions of gymnastics camp.
SPORTS
March 1, 1992 | By Don Beideman, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Freshman Alicia Brandt of District 3's James Buchanan High won the PIAA individual advanced all-around state gymnastics championship yesterday at Shippensburg University, edging Marisa Dinatale of Central Dauphin on a tie- breaking procedure. Both finished with 36.85 points in the four events: vault, beam, bars and floor exercise. Officials add up all judges' scores in the tie-breaker, instead of the usual procedure of eliminating the highest and lowest scores given to a girl in an event.
SPORTS
March 17, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Mark Eaton, a former NCAA gymnast who became a nationally known gymnastics coach, was killed when a small plane in which he was a passenger snagged an electrical wire and cartwheeled onto a freeway on-ramp in Winslow, Ariz. Eaton, an All-America in 1970-71, was 45. Pilot Davis M. Ellis, 55, also died in the crash Wednesday. Ellis had flown to Lake Powell, on the Arizona-Utah border, to help Eaton, who coached Ellis's 12-year-old daughter, repair a boat, authorities said. They were returning when they crashed.
SPORTS
July 23, 1996 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
They don't air Olympic boxing in prime time for a few reasons. They lose 75 percent of their female audience, NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol says. A history of too much scandal, too much cheating. It's seedy. It's brutal. It's a turn-off, the dirtiest word in television. The American public is turned on by gymnastics. Specifically, women's gymnastics. This, despite charges that, boiled down, the sport contains many of the same elements that disgust them about boxing. There is documented cheating in gymnastics in the form of growth-stunting hormones and biased judges.
NEWS
December 29, 1986 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first thing you notice about high school gymnasts is the chalk. It is everywhere. On the calloused hands, coating the muscular shoulders, hanging in the air like a winter snowstorm. It is used to help the gymnasts get a better grip on the equipment, and it is being used less and less as gymnastics loses its grip at the area high school level. There aren't many high school gymnasts left in the area. West Chester East has the only boys' team in the Ches-Mont League; there are none in the Southern Chester County League.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1986 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Olympic medalist Mitch Gaylord may have four ribbons dangling with bronze, silver and gold, but as a screen hero the gymnast flubs his compulsories. Tears well up in his doe eyes, his nostrils flutter, his well-toned deltoids twitch in high tension. No, this isn't before a dramatic confrontation in American Anthem - this happens every time Gaylord opens his mouth. Who is this, Ralph Macchio after a Charles Atlas body-builder course? American Anthem, brought to you by Purple Rain director Albert Magnoli, is a thrilling gymnastic competition beggared by a who-cares melodrama.
NEWS
February 16, 1987 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
Jennifer Keating had been perfecting her gymnastics routines for three years before she arrived at Springfield High, in September 1985. Then she quit the sport. There were a lot of reasons for quitting, she said. She was preoccupied with the start of her freshman year. Many of her friends had dropped out of gymnastics, and there were no girls her age left at John Pancott Gymnastic Center, the club she worked with. "I was burned out, I guess," she said. "There were other things more important.
SPORTS
July 16, 1990 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like most of the competitors who populate women's gymnastics, Brandy Johnson is trim, tiny and tenacious - and already fighting the age-old problem of age. Bela Karolyi, the Houston-based guru of the sport whose proteges have included past Olympic champions Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton, has said that at 17, Johnson faces a problem in qualifying for the 1992 Olympics. The games of Barcelona, Spain, Karolyi said, "will be for the younger competitors. They are the future of gymnastics in this country.
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August 26, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
HERE IS THE difference between becoming Olympic heroes and Olympic dimwits. On Tuesday, the gold medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team was in Manhattan for a taping of the The Tonight Show and just happened to swing by the Richard Rodgers Theatre for prime seats to the Broadway hit Hamilton . On the secondary market, tickets to the high-demand show start at $300 to $500 for the cheapest seats, and reportedly average around...
NEWS
August 13, 2016
ISSUE | SUMMER OLYMPICS Capturing the essence of America Wow, how cool is this? Two African Americans, one Hispanic American, and two Anglo American women gymnasts demonstrated their love, support, and genuine concern for each other as they owned the world during the first week of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ("High five," Wednesday). This is America as it should be. |John W. Marshall, West Grove, jwment@comcast.net
BUSINESS
August 13, 2016 | Jonathan Tannenwald, Staff Writer
When the word went out Wednesday that NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus was to hold a conference call with reporters about Olympics TV viewership, observers of NBC and Comcast suspected he had something to say. He sure did. "This will be our most economically successful Games in history," Lazarus proclaimed. He announced that NBC had sold $30 million of additional advertising since the Olympics began - on top of the already record-breaking $1.2 billion total before the flame was lit in Rio de Janeiro.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By David O'Reilly and Patricia Madej, Staff Writer
Cheers and laughter erupted Sunday night as members of the Temple women's gymnastics team climbed down the steps of their team bus after spending more than 24 hours stranded in blizzardlike conditions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike east of Pittsburgh. "I've never felt so happy to be back at Temple," said Briana Odom, a junior psychology major and member of the team. Buses carrying the gymnasts and the Duquesne University men's basketball team were among more than 500 vehicles stranded Saturday for more than a day in deep snows along a 40-mile stretch of the turnpike between Somerset and Bedford, about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh.
NEWS
January 25, 2016 | By Martha Woodall and Patricia Madej, Staff Writers
Buses carrying the Temple University women's gymnastics team and the Duquesne University men's basketball team were among more than 500 vehicles stranded Saturday for more than 24 hours in a blizzard and deep snows along a 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Exhausted but safe, the gymnasts tweeted at 8:40 p.m. that they were finally moving to freedom. "Tears of joy," they tweeted with a video of a rousing celebration. The Duquesne team had rolled out about 10 minutes earlier.
SPORTS
September 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sixty miles away, as he and his wife relaxed at their family shore house near Barnegat, N.J., Fred Turoff paid no attention to the euphoria that swelled in and around Lincoln Financial Field and swept across the city Saturday afternoon. Temple's football team had beaten Penn State, 27-10, its first victory over the Nittany Lions since 1941, a sign that perhaps the Owls' program was finally worthy of unconditional respect. But Turoff couldn't bring himself to turn on his television and witness the history.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
During a recent visit to a gymnastics center, Makayla wowed the staff with her nimble performance on the bar, beam, vault, and floor - even though she never had a bit of training. Athletically gifted, the 11-year-old eagerly followed their instructions. If she made a mistake, she worked hard to correct it, and when she succeeded, her face lit up with pride. The instructors were so impressed that they offered her free classes. Makayla is so passionate about gymnastics that she already has settled on it as a career.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When William A. Winneberger Sr. was the swimming coach for Springfield, Montgomery County, High School in the early 1970s, the competition reached right onto the family kitchen table. "I swam for Cheltenham High School," son William Jr. recalled. "And in the morning, when he got up on the day of the swim meet" each year between Cheltenham and Springfield, "he would say, 'I'm going to beat you this afternoon.' " And he did. Mr. Winneberger was not gloating, his son said. "It was a statement of fact.
SPORTS
August 29, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
MINNESOTA WOMEN'S gymnastics coach Meg Stephenson has left the job in a "mutually agreed-upon resignation," according to the university. The Gophers announced Stephenson's departure yesterday, citing two investigations into student and employee complaints about the program. Athletic director Norwood Teague said the investigations have been completed, after which the department took "prompt and appropriate action" in response. The university said there's an open complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights related to the program.
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