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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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June 27, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LEAVE IT TO Bill Cosby to turn a sad situation into a laughing matter. Cosby will hold a benefit concert for Temple's men's gymnastics program at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets, on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. In December, Temple head men's gymnastics coach Fred Turoff found out his sport was being demoted from varsity to club status. That means Turoff and his gymnasts have to raise money for the program to continue. Enter the Cos, a Philly native, who attended Temple and still bleeds Cherry & White.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
FROM THE harsh winter, Lisa Conway and Chris Rovner, both mothers of 2-year-old boys, know just how rambunctious toddlers can get when they're stuck in the house. So for the two moms raising kids in Port Richmond's Olde Richmond section and Northern Liberties, respectively, it was a godsend when Fusion Tumbling & Fitness opened at Front and Norris streets in February. "It was the perfect timing, because the weather was not nice," Conway, 32, said on a recent Sunday morning as she watched her flaxen-haired son, Mason, tumble with five other kids from surrounding neighborhoods as part of a weekly tiny-tots tumbling class.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE SNOWSTORM that socked the region Thursday all but shut down Temple University and the city - but the bitter cold and nearly a foot of snow couldn't keep the school's men's gymnastics team from meeting at McGonigle Hall as usual to practice for more than three hours. "The snow didn't slow us down," Temple grad Alex Tighe, now a volunteer coach, said from the campus building's practice gym. "They all came in today, training for the meet. " The tri-meet Tighe mentioned is set for 7:30 tonight in the arena at McGonigle Hall, on Broad Street near Montgomery Avenue.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Temple University's athletic department for possible Title IX gender-equity issues, university president Neal D. Theobald said. In a letter to Temple's board of trustees and the coaches of seven sports the board has voted to cut, Theobold said the department's Office for Civil Rights is looking into whether "the University is failing to provide equal athletic opportunity for female athletes compared to male athletes, with regard to Locker Rooms, Practice and Competitive Facilities, Housing and Dining Facilities and Services, and in the area of Athletic Financial Assistance.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Someone had to swap out equipment on the still-rings apparatus in the Temple University men's gymnastics practice facility on Tuesday, replacing old fiberglass rings with new wooden ones of the kind now required by USA Gymnastics. All the job really took was a ladder and some time, so 66-year-old Fred Turoff, coach of the Temple men's team since 1976, made the climb himself. He could have called the university's building services department, but then his program would have been billed for the work.
NEWS
December 24, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
IN THE BACK of a gym at Temple University's Pearson-McGonigle Halls, a boy about 6 or 7 soared high into the air as he bounced on a trampoline. He is among about 30 boys, ages 6 to 16, who train several days a week with Philadelphia Boys' Gymnastics for the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program. But since Dec. 6, when Temple officials announced that the men's gymnastics team would be dropped, the boys program is as up in the air as the boy on the trampoline, and no one has said whether the youngsters who train there will end up smiling.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
What more does a university want? What more can a team do? The Temple University men's gymnastics team - cut on Friday along with six other varsity squads as of July 1 - won its conference the last two seasons, and 18 of the last 36. It had the highest grade-point average - 3.4 - of any team on campus, and third highest nationally in its sport, one that includes Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Army, Navy, and...
SPORTS
August 23, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
GABBY DOUGLAS is on the move. The Olympic all-around gymnastics champion left coach Liang Chow's gym in West Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week to join her family in California after a recent move from Virginia Beach, Va. The 17-year-old remains on "good terms" with Chow, Missy Parton , whose family hosted Douglas in Iowa, said yesterday. Chow is out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Douglas' single mother, Natalie Hawkins , did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press . The Des Moines Register first reported the move.
SPORTS
May 29, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Less than a month after winning an NCAA national championship in the floor exercise, Joanna Sampson rested at the University of Michigan's women's gymnastics facility, her legs in a pretzel in her chair. She looked relaxed. Despite a 2013 season in which the Upper Moreland High graduate earned three all-American honors, those close to Sampson say she still has work to do. With practice and consistency, the 20-year-old has the ability to win an all-around national title as a senior in 2014.
SPORTS
March 4, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The Penn women's gymnastics team defeated Ursinus, 189.425-185.375, in Collegeville on Sunday for its third dual meet victory of the season. The Bears' Kristina Steffenhagen (Boyertown) finished fifth in the vault. Teammate Allison Patton (Moorestown) was seventh.   Baseball Gettysburg 4, St. Mary's (Md.) - Junior Nate Simon (Abington Friends) doubled in the go-ahead run and Drew Felsenthal induced a bases-loaded, game-ending 6-4-3 double play as the Bullets defeated the host Seahawks in their season opener.
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