gymn Digest                 Fri,  8 Apr 94       Volume 2 : Issue 100

Today's Topics:
                        [COL] Lisa Kurc update
                            April Calendar
                      bio of new USAG President
                       New USA Gymnastics Pres.
                         Nunno on Today promo
           Nunno on Today promo, Retton on Baywatch !!!!!!!
                           update on Campi
                           Workout routine?
                         World Championships
                           Worlds programme

This is a digest of the mailing list. 


Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 23:33:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: <***>
Subject: [COL] Lisa Kurc update

Lisa Kurc is recovering nicely after her surgery and was up and walking
around yesterday.  I had it wrong in my earlier report: she was taken
to the hospital on Saturday, not Sunday.  Her parents arrived today,
and she will probably be discharged this Saturday.  She will not be
with the team at regionals, but will likely travel with the team to
nationals.  The team showed focus in their practices on Tuesday and
Wednesday and seems to be ready -- both physically and mentally -- for
this weekend's meet.  Lisa will be kept up-to-date on the team's
progress by phone.  Junior Andrea Dewey remains the most likely
replacement for Kurc on vault.  Georgia had been rotating seven
gymnasts on beam and floor, Lisa's other two events.



Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 12:01:21 -0500
From: <***>
Subject: April Calendar
To: gymn@MIT.EDU

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The Gymn Calendar

Anyone that has any events to add to this calendar, please mail them
to me.  All events on this calendar are
subject to change.  -- Efton

     April 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
                1  2
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

9               NAIGC Championships/ Buffalo, NY
9               NCAA Regionals (W)/
                        Northeast   Rhode Island Univ     Kingston, RI
                        Southeast   West Virginia Univ    Morgantown, WV
                        Central     Univ of Alabama       Tuscaloosa, AL
                        Midwest     Arizona State Univ    Tempe, AZ
                        West        Boise State Univ      Boise, ID
9               NCAA Regionals (M)/
                        Eastern     Army                  West Point, NY
                        Western     Air Force Academy     Colorado Springs, CO
9-10            Eastern Qualifier (R)/ TBA
9-10            8th Inrernational Rhythmic Tournament
9-18            International Pacific Games (M/W/R)/ Cali, Columbia
14-17           USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships/ Denton, TX
15              USA Gymnastics NIT (W)/ Cape Girardeau, MO
15-17           DTB Pokal International Competition (R)/ Karlsruhe, Germany
15-17           Region VII Championships (M)/ Allentown, PA
16-17           J.O. Level 10 Regional Meets (W)/ Various Sites
16-17           Western Qualifier (R)/ TBA
19-24           World Championships (AA & App)/ Brisbane, Australia
21-23           NCAA National Championships (W)/ Salt Lake City, UT
22-23           NCAA National Championships (M)/ Lincoln, NE
22-24           J.O. Championships (R)/ Chicago, IL
23              World Championships (AA & App)/ TELEVISED ON ABC
24              World Championships (AA & App)/ TELEVISED ON ABC
29-5/1          16th International Competition Tunisia (W)/ Tunisia
30              World Championships (AA & App)/ TELEVISED ON ABC
TBA             J.O. Regional Meets (M)/ TBA

      May 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 8  9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

2-7             Grand Prix (M/W)/ Rome/Turin, Italy
4-14            FIG Congress/ Geneva, Switzerland
5-7             Coca-Cola Rhythmic National Championships/ Long Island, NY
5-8             Level 10 Junior Nationals (W)/ Allentown, PA
6-8             J.O. Nationals (M)/ Augusta, GA
8               Arthur Gander Memorial (M/W)/ Chiasso, Switzerland
12-15           Level 10 Senior Nationals (W)/ Seattle, WA
12-15           European Championships (W)/ Stockholm, Sweden
13-15           20th International Rhythmic Tournament (R)/ Corbeil, France
20-22           Hilton Challenge Triangular Meet/ Phoenix, AZ
26-29           European Championships (RSG)/ Thesalonika, Greece

      June 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
          1  2  3  4
 5  6  7  8  9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30

2-5             European Championships (M)/ Prague, Czech Republic
5-11            USAIGC Nationals/ Greensboro, NC
8-12            International Elite Cup/ Monterrey N.L., Mexico
9-12            Four Continents Championships (R)/ Seoul, Korea
10-11           Budget Rent A Car Gymnastics Invit. (M/W)/ Worcester, MA
18              Budget Rent a Car Gymnastics Invit. (M/W)/ TELEVISED ON NBC
18-25           Coaches Workshop (M/W/R)/ Huguenot, NY

      July 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
                1  2
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

1-9             Special Olympics World Summer Games/ New Haven, CT
1-10            U.S. Olympic Festival (M/W/R)/ St. Louis, MO
6-9             Puerto Rico Internat. Gymn. Cup (M/W)/ San Juan, Puerto Rico
16              Hilton Challenge Triangular Meet/ TELEVISED ON ABC
22-24           National Gymnastics Festival (Elite W)/ Colorado Springs, CO
23-8/7          Goodwill Games/ St. Petersburg, Russia
26-29           U.S. Sports Acro Nationals/ Cedar City, UT
31-8/6          Coaches Workshop (M/W)/ Woodward, PA
TBA             Rhythmic International Festival/ TBA

     August 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
    1  2  3  4  5  6
 7  8  9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
4-7             U.S. Classic Nationals (W)/ Palm Springs, CA
12              Gymn's Second Anniversary
18-28           Commonwealth Games/ Victoria, B.C., Canada
        19-22   Commonwealth Games (Artistic Gymnastics)
        25-27   Commonwealth Games (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
20              Hilton Challenge Triangular Meet/ TELEVISED ON ABC
24-27           Coca-Cola USA National Championships/ Nashville, TN
24-27           USA Gymnastics National Congress/ Nashville, TN
27              Coca-Cola USA National Championships/ TELEVISED ON NBC
28              Coca-Cola USA National Championships/ TELEVISED ON NBC
29-9/3          XII Olympic Congress/ Paris, France

     October 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8
 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31

2-16            Asian Games (M/W)/ Hiroshima, Japan
7-9             Rhythmic World Championships/ Paris, France
21-21           World Championship Team Trials/ TBA
TBA             Gymnaestrada/ TBA

   November 1994
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
       1  2  3  4  5
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

9-12            Olympic Congress of the USA/ Nashville, TN
15-20           World Championships (Team)/ Dortmund, Germany
TBA             Chunichi Cup/ Nagoya City, Japan
TBA             Catania (W)/ Catania, Italy

December 1994
3               Team World Championships/ TELEVISED ON NBC
15-21           Pacific Alliance Championships/ Auckland, New Zealand
TBA             DTB Cup/ Stuttgart, Germany

March 1995
4-19            Pan American Games/ Mar Del Plata, Argentina
25              NCAA Regionals (M)/ TBA

April 1995
7-8             NCAA National Champs (M)/ TBA

July 1995
9-15            10th World Gymnaestrada/ Frankfurt, Germany
TBA             U.S. Olympic Festival (M/W/R)/ Denver, CO

August 1995
10-13           Coca-Cola National Championships/ TBA
12              Gymn's Third Anniversary
17-20           USA Gymnastics National Congress/ New Orleans, LA
24-9/8          World University Games (M/W/R)/ Fukuoka, Japan

October 1995
1-10            Artistic World Championships/ Sabae, Japan
4-7             Olympic Congress of the USA/ Atlanta, GA
4-8             Rhythmic World Champs/ Vienna, Austria

July 1996
19-8/4          Games of the XVIth Olympiad/ Atlanta, GA

August 1996
12              Gymn's Fourth Anniversary


Date: Thu, 07 Apr 94 09:42:02 EDT
From: ***
Subject: bio of new USAG President

>Scanlan served as the
Executive Director of the World University Games Buffalo '93

Oh my. . . we're getting the person in charge of the worst-organized sports
event in history?  (Ok, ok, I read the part about her having just 10 months
to get it together -- or not get it together -- and about all the other stuff
she's done).

: )


Date: Fri, 8 Apr 1994 09:54:15 -0400 (EDT)
From: ***
Subject: Handstands.....

After I posed that question about the workout routines I should follow as a
beginner in the sport, I got many replies, so I would just like to thank
everyone who helped me out. I also want to basically sum up what I got
from the various suggestions for any other beginners out there. I got a
few messages telling me that I should move from routine to routine, a few
messages stating that at times I should stay at one piece of apparatus
until I accomplish what I set out for or at least closed in on it. I got
some mail stating that I should not try to specialize, and others that
said I might want to work on one apparatus over and over and then move to
another, etc.... But overall, what was stressed in most letters and what
was made apparent to me by watching videos, reading books, talking to my
father, the ex-gymnast/collegiate city medals winner...15 of em, (He wanted
me to plug him...), and getting suggestions from most gymnasts are the
following things:

1. Start out with a basic tumbling routine to loosen up. Swing on the
different pieces of equipment, swinging is a very important skill and
strength/stamina building exercise.

2. Try to maintain and achieve the highest degree of flexibility that you
can. Always work on your splits and stretch whenever you can. If you
decide to run to build up stamina on your off days, stretch extensively (I
would guess, stretch gently before to loosen up a bit, and then a lot
afterwards to prevent stiffness from running). Or instead of running,
swimming on your off days might be a good alternative to take off the
strain on your legs and knees.

3. Repeat over and over and over and over. Once you learn various tricks
and moves, put routines together which combines them in a smooth, coherent
fashion. Practice these routines over and over, perhaps something like 5-10
routines on a piece of equipment, then move on (More repetitions during
competition season, more learning of new tricks during the off-season).

4. End your workout with a basic strength training session such as dips on
the p-bars, pushups, V-ups (Raise legs and arms at same time while lying
down to make the letter V), pullups, press handstands, leg raises, etc...

5. HANDSTANDS!!!!!!!!! The most basic and important part of gymnastics. It
is used in basically every single event. Practice handstands every single
day. You can never do enough. Practice them on the low p-bars (Or high if
u have a spotter), practice them on the floor, practice them on the rings
(Start with a shoulder stand), and anywhere else you can do them. Do them
on your hands, then try knuckles, then maybe 3 fingers on each hand,
etc... Vary it, but DO IT.

6. Most important and above all, have fun. Dont be discouraged, it is
expected, the best have failed over and over, but what makes them the
best, is they dont give up and neither must you. Do gymnastics for
yourself, although competitions and medals and honors are nice to have and
a good feeling for work well done, gymnastics should be something you WANT
to do otherwise you will not succeed. Have a good spirit when you enter
the gym, be happy, have fun, experiment, try out new things if you want,
vary the routines, move from each piece of equipment in a different order
every couple of workouts (Do p-barsfirst in one workout, maybe 3rd in
another, then last in another, etc...).

      I tried my best to filter out and combine all the letters I
received into 6 steps which was hard but I think it sums it up pretty well
at least for us beginners. If anyone disagrees with something or can add
something to the list, please mail me or this list, I am more than willing
to get more and more suggestions, try them, and use what works best.

      The only major question I have is:
1. When will i end this letter?

2. Correct form for a handstand. I asked my father (once again) and he
suggested that I try a handstand and just get it down,. dont worry about
form yet, a little arch or a little pike wont hurt in the beginning
learning stages. After I have my balance, then I should go concentrate on
correct form. But my question is, what exactly is correct form? I heard
you might want a slight arch on the high bar or the p-bars, but straight
body, head in line with you shoulders, on everything else. Is this right?
Should I tilt my head up facing the same direction as my butt is, or
should I keep it straight, or tilt it behind me?

      Thanks once again. Sorry to be bugging everyone with my questions,
but as long as I have them, I will be asking them. Thanks again...



Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 21:23:53 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: New USA Gymnastics Pres.

Another USOC release...



APRIL 6, 1994


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- USA Gymnastics announced today that it has
selected Kathy Scanlan of Seattle, Wash., as the organization's new
president.  Scanlan succeeds Mike Jacki, who resigned after 10
years to take a similar post with U.S. Skiing.

"This is one of the most important positions within the Olympic
Movement," said Sandy Knapp, chair of the board of directors of USA
Gymnastics.  "It was imperative that we find a person with the
qualifications, skill, and stature to lead this sport into the 21st
century.  After an exhaustive search process, I am certain we have
found such an individual in Kathy.  She brings a wealth of
management, financial planning and business skills which will allow
USA Gymnastics to grow into new areas of service for our
membership, while maintaining our leadership position within the

Scanlan is currently a principal in the consulting firm of Scanlan,
Sorensen and Potter, Inc., which specializes in management and
marketing for sports events, institutions and facilities.  The
company's clients include World Cup USA.

Her extensive background in sports management includes serving as
the Executive Director of the 1993 World University Games, as
Executive Vice President of the Seattle SuperSonics and Executive
Vice President for the Seattle Goodwill Games Organizing Committee.

"I am honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to serve as
the president of USA Gymnastics," Scanlan said.  "This is an
incredible opportunity for me and my family, and a very exciting
time for the sport of gymnastics.  USA Gymnastics has had great
success on and off the competition floor and I welcome the
challenge of helping to lend to its future successes."

Scanlan was unanimously recommended for the position by a seven-
member search committee, representing all constituencies within the
USA Gymnastics membership.  The recommendation of that group was
endorsed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of
Directors of USA Gymnastics.

Given her commitments to World Cup USA, Scanlan will officially
being on Aug. 1.


Kathy Scanlan has a widely established reputation for excellence in
leadership and management of complex organizations.  She has
extensive experience in budget development and control, project
direction and government relations.  Scanlan has worked for
government, non-profit organizations and private industry.

In the fall of 1993, Scanlan became a principal in the consulting
firm of Scanlan, Sorensen and Potter, Inc., where her clients have
included the city of Seattle, the Business Alliance Against
Poverty, The Seattle Aquarium, The American Zoo Association and
World Cup USA.

Immediately before forming the consulting firm, Scanlan served as
the executive director of the World University Games Buffalo '93,
where she was responsible for the overall management of an
international sporting competition which included 6,000 athletes
and officials and more than 1,400 international media.  Scanlan
oversaw a $34 million budget, 160 full time staff and almost 20,000
volunteers.  She was hired just 10 months before this massive event
and effected a remarkable turnaround for the local organizing

>From 1990-92, Scanlan served as Executive Vice President of the
Seattle SuperSonics, directing business operations for the Seattle
National Basketball Association franchise.  She served as liaison
with the city of Seattle and other government entities and was
responsible for oversight of all non-basketball personnel and
functions, including the development of long-term facility needs
for the franchise.

Scanlan served as Executive Vice President of the Seattle
Organizing Committee for the 1990 Goodwill Games from 1988-90 and
was responsible for the overall presentation of the 17-day
international athletics competition, the Goodwill Arts Festival and
the Goodwill Exchange.  The organizing committee's operating budget
totaled $80 million, with 490 employees and 10,000 volunteers
operating in seven jurisdictions across the state of Washington.

>From 1974-88, Scanlan worked in various capacities for the city of
Seattle and was the budget analyst for the Office of Management for
the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department from 1977 to the fall
of 1980.  From 1980 to July 1982, Scanlan was Business and
Operations Manager for the Woodland Park Zoo, supervising
maintenance, admissions and zookeeper staff.  From July 1982 until
April 1988 when she joined the Goodwill Games organizing committee
staff, Scanlan served as Deputy Director of Seattle Center, a year-
round 74-acre cultural, recreational and entertainment facility for
the Seattle region which included the Seattle Center Coliseum, the
Seattle Opera House and other major public assembly facilities.

For more information, contact Luan Peszek, director of public
relations, or Ramonna Robinson, manager of public relations, at USA


Date: Fri, 08 Apr 1994 08:11:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: ***
Subject: Nunno on Today promo

      If y'all ever watch the Today show, they have this new slogan and have
different "regular people" around the country talk for 5 seconds about how,
when they get up in the morning, they watch it in the middle of their
individual morning routine. On Thursday morning at 8:24, just after this really
strange report about a child abuse/satanic cult accusation that apparently
never took place, there comes "Hi, I'm Steve Nunno, head coach of Dynamo gymn
here in Oklahoma. When I get up in the morning..." There were a bunch of kids
in the background - no elites anywhere, but a male coach in the background
conveniently doing consecutive 1 1/2 front dives on a tramp to his back. Just
had to relay this surreal scene to Gymn....


Date: Fri, 08 Apr 94 13:46:00 BST
From: ***
Subject: Nunno on Today promo, Retton on Baywatch !!!!!!!

Cara reported on a surreal TV sighting:-
>On Thursday morning at 8:24, just after this really
>strange report about a child abuse/satanic cult accusation that
>never took place, there comes "Hi, I'm Steve Nunno, head coach
of Dynamo gymn
>here in Oklahoma. When I get up in the morning..." There were a
bunch of kids
>in the background - no elites anywhere, but a male coach in the
>conveniently doing consecutive 1 1/2 front dives on a tramp to
his back. Just
>had to relay this surreal scene to Gymn....

Well it couldn't have been as surreal as seeing Mary Lou Retton guest
star as herself on Baywatch.



Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 13:35:31 +0200
From: ***
Subject: update on Campi

Does anyone have updated information on her conditions?

Thanks in advance,



Date: Thu, 07 Apr 94 09:42:26 EDT
From: ***
Subject: Workout routine?

>> and plan on spending all day on an event once in a while.

>Why?  Unless you're a specialist (and even they need some variety), I
would always try to keep your training moving.  Try to hit at least two
>or three events a day.  It may prove to be frustrating to spend too long
on a single event.

There are times when you really need to concentrate on something in
particular.  For example, after I'd been doing double fulls for some time, I
couldn't do a single anymore.  It didn't matter for a couple of years, but
when they put it in the compulsory, I devoted pretty much a whole workout
(about 3 hours of it) to re-learning a full (I did  get around to some other
stuff that day, but not much, and if the entire workout had been necessary, I
would have taken it).

-- Gimnasta


Date: Thu, 7 Apr 1994 21:19:35 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: World Championships

Just happened to check the US Olympic Committee's BBS today and found
that they have once again started posting gymnastics material.




Contacts:  Luan Peszek, Director of Public Relations
Ramonna Robinson, Manager of Public Relations

April 7, 1994    

1993 World Champion Shannon Miller, 1993 World Championships
silver medalist Dominique Dawes, and three-time National and
NCAA Champion John Roethlisberger lead the team of U.S.
gymnasts to compete at the 1994 World Championships in
Brisbane, Australia, April 19-24.

Miller and Dawes will be joined by National Team members
Larissa Fontaine and Amanda Borden. Roethlisberger's
teammates include Mihai Bagiu, Chainey Umphrey, Scott
Keswick, Paul O'Neill and Mark Sohn. O'Neill is a specialist
on still rings while Sohn is a pommel horse specialist.

Coming off of a strong year of competition in 1994, the U.S.
team is eager and very competent.  Dawes had a very
successful month of March, placing first at the American
Classic/World Championships Trials, the McDonald's American
Cup and the International Mixed Pairs competition with her
partner Roethlisberger. She looks forward to Australia,
saying, "I was in Australia when I was twelve years old for
my first international competition.  It will be neat going
back there."

Roethlisberger captured the International Mixed Pairs title
with Dawes, defeating the Belarussian pair of Elena Piskun
and 1993 World Champion Vitaly Scherbo.  In addition,
Roethlisberger just missed taking the McDonald's American Cup
from Scherbo. A fall on parallel bars, however, allowed
Scherbo to move in and take the title.  Borden, Fontaine,
Keswick and Umphrey also fared well at McDonald's American
Cup and International Mixed Pairs.

The U.S. coaches delegation to World Championships includes
men's coaches:  Yefim Furman, UCLA; Ed Burch, Gold Cup
Gymnastics; Mas Watanabe, USA Gymnastics; and Karl Schier,
Twisters Gymnastics. The women will be coached by:  Steve
Nunno and Peggy Liddick, Dynamo Gymnastics; Kelli Hill,
Hill's Angels; Leonard Isaacs, American Academy of
Gymnastics; and Mary Lee Tracy, Cincinnati Gymnastics

The 1994 World Championships will be broadcast by ABC. 
Women's all-around competition will air on April 23; women's
individual event finals and men's all-around will air on
April 24; and men's individual event finals will air on April
30.  Check local listings for times.

For media information, please contact Ramonna Robinson, USA
Gymnastics. During World Championships, Luan Peszek may be
reached at the Mayfair Crest Hotel in Brisbane, Australia,
(country code 61) 7/229 9111.

1994 World Championships Team Rosters



Amanda Borden/Cincinnati, Ohio--Cincinnati Gym. Academy/Mary
Dominique Dawes/Silver Spring--Md., Hill's Angels/Kelli Hill
Larissa Fontaine/Deerfield, Ill.--American Academy of
Gym./Leonard Isaacs
Shannon Miller/Edmond, Okla.--Dynamo Gymnastics/Steve Nunno,



Mihai Bagiu/Albuquerque, N.M.--Gold Cup Gymnastics/Ed Burch,
Scott Keswick/Las Vegas, Nev.--UCLA/Yefim Furman, Art
Paul O'Neill/Mandan, N.D.--U.S. Olympic Training Center/Ron
John Roethlisberger/Afton, Minn.--University of
Mark Sohn/Boca Raton, Fla.--Twisters Gymnastics/Karl Schier
Chainey Umphrey/Albuquerque, N.M.--UCLA/Yefim Furman, Art

# # #


Date: Fri, 8 Apr 94 10:40:00 +1000
From: ***
Subject: Worlds programme

Thought I'd repost the program for Worlds

Tuesday April 19
Qualification sessions all apparatus mens and womens (arvo and evening session)

Wednesday April 20
(same as Tuesday)

Thursday April 21
All round Championship comp mens  (evening session)

Friday April 22
Allround championship comp womens (evening session)

Saturday April 23
Finals mens floor, Pommel and Rings
Finals womens vault and uneven bars (evening session)

Sunday April 24
Finals mens vault, PB and Horizontal Bar
Finals womens Beam and Floor (arvo session)

'Sleep is better than medicine'


End of gymn Digest