February 9, 1986 |
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.
September 19, 1988 |
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.
August 1, 1996 |
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.
March 1, 1992 |
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.
March 17, 1995 |
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.
July 23, 1996 |
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.
December 29, 1986 |
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.
June 28, 1986 |
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.
February 16, 1987 |
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.
July 16, 1990 |
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.