gymn Digest                 Thu, 16 Feb 95       Volume 3 : Issue  67

Today's Topics:
                    Cal-Oregon State Meet (3 msgs)
                  Clips from USOC Daily News Briefs
                         corporal punishment
                              grip lock
                           Gymn's WWW pages
                           Jair Lynch stunt
                        NO copyright stories!
                              PSU v. NEB
                           The Survey Form
              USAG Future Plans dont include Men (enuf)
                     USA Gymnastics' Men's Survey
                         USOC/NCAA Task force
                             USOC Grants

This is a digest of the mailing list. 

Date: Mon, 13 Feb 95 07:39:00 UTC
From: ***
Subject: Cal-Oregon State Meet

I am a bit behind on reporting.......
        On Friday night Cal-Berkeley hosted #8 ranked Oregon State.  The
Oregon Beavers took a bite out of the Cal Bears, beating them by a margin of
2.725. (191.175 to 188.450)
        The depth of the Oregon State team was apparent from the first
rotation.  The Beavers were up on bars first.  Their LOWEST score was a
9.625!  The highest scorer and winner on bars with a 9.875 was sophomore
Heather Bennett.  If bonus point credit did not have to stop at 10.00,
Heather's routine would have been worth a 10.40.  Her piked Geinger and
layout-double back dismount sizzled.  Beaver Renee Runyon also pushed the
"difficulty" envelope and came up with a second place 9.775.  Bay Area
native Amy Slack pleased family and friends by turning in a 9.65 (third) for
        On vault, Oregon junior Kristie Snyder placed first with a 9.775.
Cal Bears Heather Schneider and Candace Kwok tied for second place with a
pair of 9.70's.  The Oregon Beavers had the depth, though, and took the
vault set 48.10 to 47.50.
        On beam, Cal Bear Candace Kwok tied for top honors with Oregon's
Randi Miller (9.70).  Beaver Nathalie Lauw was third with a 9.55.  Again
Oregon's depth prevailed as they scored a 47.15 over Cal's 46.65.
        On floor it was Oregon State's depth that prevailed again.  While
Mindy Ornellas of Cal Berkeley took first with a 9.70, it was Oregon Beavers
Amy Slack and Randi Miller who who took second and third with 9.675 and
9.625, respectively.
        Cal's coach, Alfie Mitchell, looked for the silver lining in the
grey cloud of their loss.  The Bears were more consistent and confident than
in previous meets.  "While still not our top line-up, we did well, and we
will do better.  We are headed in the right direction."
Kathy E.
P. S.  I am ready to start a whisper campaign to have NCAA approve an
increased bonus system.  I would like to see 10.4 routines really start at
10.4 so that judges can differentiate between the adequate routines and
superior routines.


Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 08:51:20 -0500 (EST)
From: ***
Subject: Cal-Oregon State Meet

> P. S.  I am ready to start a whisper campaign to have NCAA approve an
> increased bonus system.  I would like to see 10.4 routines really start at
> 10.4 so that judges can differentiate between the adequate routines and
> superior routines.

Can we make that a shouting campaign and take it to the FIG too?



Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 09:15:20 +1000
From: ***
Subject: Cal-Oregon State Meet

>> P. S.  I am ready to start a whisper campaign to have NCAA approve an
>> increased bonus system.  I would like to see 10.4 routines really start at
>> 10.4 so that judges can differentiate between the adequate routines and
>> superior routines.
>Can we make that a shouting campaign and take it to the FIG too?


why not make the code harder, so that a 10.4 would be a 9.9 and a 10.0
would be a 9.5???



Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 05:57:53 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: Clips from USOC Daily News Briefs

Here are some clips from the USOC Daily News Briefs that I thought
Gymners might find interesting.  Note that all are not about
gymnastics -- I included them because they are humorous/interesting
and short, or somehow related to issues in gymnastics.  (Let's not
start discussing game shows or track and field any time soon!) These
clips are from briefs between 1/23 and 2/10.



"Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" are the Official Game Shows of the
1996 Olympic Games. (Story on UPI and in USA Today, Jan. 25)


The International Olympic Committee rejected a request to ban
countries that exclude women from their teams. (Story in USA Today,
Jan. 26 and on AP Jan. 25)


The USOC has set up a task force with the NCAA to evaluate the impact
of laws mandating equal funding for men's and women's college sports.
(Story on AP, Jan. 28) [Press Release in upcoming post - RH]


Ukrainian Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul must submit her
bid for reinstatement by April 1 or forfeit her chance to compete
again in international and Olympic events. She lost her eligibility by
competing in several unsanctioned events last year. (Story in USA
Today, Jan. 31)


Equestrian events at the 1996 Olympic Games will start at dawn to
avoid the heat and humidity. (Story in USA Today, Jan. 31)


Although the IAAF has refused to pay bonuses to top finishers at this
year's World Outdoor Championships, it is unlikely that track and
field athletes will go on strike. (Story on AP, Jan. 31)


The USOC's executive board meets this Saturday to discuss a report
from the executive director search panel. So far, the only name to
grab the committee's attention is John Krimsky, the USOC's longtime
fundraising chief, but he has not officially entered the race. (Story
on AP, Jan. 27) [Wasn't Mike Jacki up for this? - RH]


Mary Lou Retton, 1984 Olympic gymnastics gold medalist, receives the
Flo Hyman Award today during National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The award recognizes a female athlete "who exemplifies the dignity,
spirit and commitment to excellence of the late Flo Hyman." Hyman was
a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic volleyball team who died in 1986.
(Story in USA Today, Feb. 2)


Members of the Atlanta Olympics board of directors feel they are not
being given enough input into decisions regarding the games. (Story on
AP, Jan. 26)


The U.S. Olympic Committee and the NCAA created a special task force
to strengthen the relationship between the two bodies. The task force
will aim to improve efforts to assist athletes competing in Olympic
sports. (Story on AP, Feb. 2; and in USA Today, Feb. 3) [Press Release
upcoming - RH]


After helping to dig out an ancient Greek stadium, Cal-Berkeley
classics professor Stephen Miller is helping to organize a revival of
the ancient Olympics. (Story on AP, Feb. 2)


July in Atlanta and the hills over the tentative Olympic marathon
course have athletes and organizers worried about the event. (Story in
USA Today, Feb. 6)


The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the U.S. Olympic
Committee filed suit Friday against Super Show 1995 vendors who were
found to be selling pseudo-Olympic merchandise bearing the protected
Olympic rings and torch logos. (Story on AP, Feb. 7)


Three-time 1992 Olympic Winter Games gold medalist Johann Olav Koss
will receive the Jesse Owens International Trophy tonight in New York
City. Koss donated the $30,000 he won for his Olympic wins to the
Olympic Aid effort and is now working as a sports ambassador for
UNICEF. (Story in USA Today, Feb. 7)


The former National Handicapped Sports has officially changed its name
to Disabled Sports USA. (Story on the USOC Electronic Bulletin Board,
Feb. 8)


The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games hired Madison, Wis.-based
ProTix to handle distribution of 11 million tickets for the 1996
Olympic Games. (Story on AP, Feb. 9)


More than 1,200 athletes, coaches and support staff are being
assembled for the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina March 11- 26.
That figure is nearly one-third more than took part at the 1992 Summer
Olympic Games in Barcelona and more than the USOC expects to send to
Atlanta next year. In addition to the size of the delegation, USOC
officials agree that this is one of the strongest U.S. teams assembled
for the Pan American Games in many years, with several past Olympians
scheduled to compete. (Story on Reuters and UPI Feb. 9)



Date: Thu, 2 Feb 1995 12:53:59 -0500 (EST)
From: ***
Subject: corporal punishment

     I think that Kathy is unfortunately right that corporal punishment of
gymnasts is not restricted to Romania. The USSR used it when it was still the
USSR (I don't know what the situation in the different republics is today). I
have a friend who owns a gym, and for a while he had a lot of ex-Soviet coaches
working for him. He had a very hard time trying to teach them that they
couldn't slap the kids around, as they were apparently used to doing in the
USSR. One of the coaches he had working for him was the former USSR team's
choreographer. She had choreographed Omelianchik's, Lashchenova's, Baitova's
and Shushunova's floor routines, among others. So obviously she had been a
coach at Round Lake. I was at my friend's gym several years ago, when this
coach was still there, and I actually saw her slap a young girl for making
mistakes on bars. She then kicked the girl out of practice. The little girl was
was crying and came and told her mother about the incident. Her mother and the
other parents there were outraged, and fortunately had the guts to complain
aloud to my friend. Eventually, he fired that coach and several other
ex-Soviets whom he had hired. But the whole thing made me wonder what kind of
punishments Omelianchik, Shushunova and the others had been subjected to....
Sometimes I wonder if that's one reason almost every ex-Soviet says they
wouldn't want their children to become gymnasts.



Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 19:12:32 -0800 (PST)
From: ***
Subject: grip lock

I noticed the same thing about the Reisport vs 10.
I heartily recomend the Reisport because it does not stretch as much.
I remember my forst pair, I took them to a playground to break them in.
Turned them the yuckyest shade of brown.
Months of chalk and wirebrushing bleached out much of the brown....
(he he he he!)

Ny current pair is a pair of "swiss cup" and I love them very much.
Someday Ill get a pair of swiss cups for ring work (right now I use hibar grips
on rings (yeah I know "BAD TEXX !  BAD TEXX!")



Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 18:53:03 -0800 (PST)
From: ***
Subject: Gymn's WWW pages

> Gymn now has Web pages at
> Disclaimer: These are my first Web pages ever, and I've never even
> seen a Web browser (but I will see one this Sunday) and so go easy on
> me!
> Please email suggestion directly to me, not to the list.
> Rachele

I meant to do one myself, but havent had the time to do it.
Thanks for going on with it.
Ill look at it asap. Im installing a new internet link and its BUSY TIME !
One of the guys I work with is an SGML wizard, yell at me if you need help
and Ill have Rog get back to you.
Sounds mostly like you need a good set of templates to copy and hack.
Go GET 'EM !



Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 19:16:12 -0800 (PST)
From: ***
Subject: Jair Lynch stunt

This past Fri afternoon, Jair did a Genger Tchatchev move, slipped and took
the bar just below the adams apple, slid down and banged the bar against
the underside of the jaw.

This normally would not be funny but the video that captured it had that
funny scream he does when something goes wrong.
In a perverse way its actually funny.

By the way, hes ok but kinda embarassed that someone got it on video....



Date: Sun, 12 Feb 1995 09:25:46 -0500
From: ***
Subject: Kansas

I am a coach of a small town team in Southeast Kansas.  I would like to know
if there are any other teams around that do competitions, (southwest
Missouri, northern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas).  I would also like to know
when the advanced teams have meets, like Kansas City, and Tulsa.  I would
appreciate any information that I could get.
Thanks, Amy


Date: Sun, 12 Feb 1995 12:58:46 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: NO copyright stories!


We've had several posts lately to Gymn where entire news wire
clippings are sent to the forum.  PLEASE note that it is against Gymn
Guidelines to post this copyrighted material!!

If you want to post information that you read on a newswire, then
summarize the article for us.  Quoting small portions is allowable.
But please please PLEASE do not post copyrighted articles.

I'm not trying to pick on anyone, and I think/hope they know that; I'm
just trying to keep Gymn "on the level."  It might be a headache to
summarize the article rather than cut and paste, but I guarantee you
that it's a much bigger headache if one of these news wires decided to
enforce copyright laws.



Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 09:50:28 +1000
From: ***
Subject: PSU v. NEB

A really good meet -- Rachele's first men's collegiate double dual -- notes
will follow tonight when we have time to put it together --

Penn State  227.95
Nebraska    226.50

All Around                      FX      PH      R       V       PB      HB
Tony Pansy (PSU)         9.7     9.6     9.55    9.4     9.7     9.7      
Richard Grace (NEB)     9.5     9.8     9.55    9.75    9.75    9.25       
Jason Christie (NEB)     9.6     9.55    9.5     9.15    9.65    9.6      
Bandy Wood (PSU)       9.3     9.1     9.65    9.1     9.3     9.45       
Rick Kieffer   (NEB)      8.9     8.05    9.65    9.2     9.7     9.7     
Jim Koziol  (NEB)         9.05    8.95    9.4     8.9     9.5     9.35    

PSU - 38.30
NEB- 37.60

PSU - 37.55
HEB - 37.00

PSU - 38.35
NEB - 38.15

PSU - 37.10
NEB - 37.25

PSU - 38.00
NEB - 38.60

PSU - 38.65
NEB - 37.90

Just a note -- I was speaking with Mark Williams last night (coach at
Oklahoma) they met with New Mexico

NMU - 228.??
OK   - 226.??

New Mexico has Rob Kieffer competing for them at home meets, regionals and
championships if they make it that far.  I have never heard of this before,
turns out he has a scholarship there to do these meets, but will take a
grant next year and stop competing at the collegiate level.

Jeremy Killen (OK) is still injured - he did some work, but was unable to
do dismounts causing a number of deductions.  Casey Bryan (OK, National
Team member) is recovering from shoulder surgery and won't be back until
regionals at the earliest  -- he is presently working some strength for
rehab.  The feeling I received from Mark was that the meet was overscored.

Another interesting note from the PSU v. Neb meet --
Gene Wetstone, 2 times back head coach at PSU (1950-1960's) was noted as
saying that he would like to see Temple make National's this year, they
deserve it.  Allow me to tell anyone who is unfamiliar with Gene that this
is to go down in the record books.  He has THE HARDEST time admitting that
any other team except PSU is worth watching.

okay -- tonight actual notes on the gymnastics



Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 00:08:27 -0330 (NST)
From: ***
Subject: Stretching

I've been I gymnastics for about a year and I was hoping to learn some
stretches that could help me with tumples and flips.  So any suggestions
would be helpful.  Please send it to me personally.


Thank you.


Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 16:23:59 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: The Survey Form

Please return to USA Gymnastics by February 15, 1995
Attention: Dennis McIntyre

This survey is intended to provide some standard data and insight into
the men's competitive program at all levels in this country. The
material gathered will be confidential and only used to provide
composite information for use by the Task Force on Men's Gymnastics
and by the USAG Men's Program Department. Your efforts in completing
and returning this survey by the due date will be of great consequence
to the development of the men's program in this country. Thank you in
advance for your time, effort and dedication to men's gymnastics.

If you do not have ready access to the requested information please
respond to the question by providing your best estimate. If the
question is not applicable to your program please also indicate that.


1. Where are you located:  City ____________________
   State _________

2. Population of your metropolitan area: ________

3. Do you participate or offer any joint programs with a local civic,
city or school organization.  (such as classes for city recreation
   yes _____     no _____
   If yes, please describe the programs.

4. Total number of students (all ages, all programs - boys, girls,
tots, dance, etc.).
   1992 - 93 _____     1993 - 94 _____     1994 - 95 _____

5. Total number of boys (all ages, all programs).
   1992 - 93 _____     1993 - 94 _____     1994 - 95 _____

6. Type and number of instructors/coaches which you employ.
   Full time _____     Part time _____

7. Type and number of instructors/coaches you use for boys classes.
   Full time _____     Part time _____

8. Do you use boys team members as instructors or coaches?
   yes _____     no _____
   If yes, at what level(s)?    Class _____     Team _____

9. Numbers of boys in your program. An elite athlete, for the purpose
of this survey, would be defined as one who is actively participating
at the national elite level.

               Pre-sch  VII   VI   V   IV   III   II    I  ELITE  TOTAL
94 -95
Avg. #hrs/wk
Coach/ath. ratio

ELITE MEN'S PROGRAM - If your program includes elite level men, as per
definition above, please answer the following.

1. Age of your oldest and youngest elite athletes:
   Oldest _____     Youngest _____

2. How many competitions per year do your elites participate in?
   18 or under _____     19 or over _____

3. Do you use split or multiple workouts?  yes _____   no _____
If yes, how many per week? _____

4. Do you use any of the following special educational arrangements for your
elite athletes?
   _____ home school    _____  correspondence courses
   _____ shortened school day

5. Please rate from 0 to 5 the degree to which the following factors
limit the success of your elite athletes. 0 would indicate that it is
not a limiting factor, 5 would indicate that it is, for your program,
a severely limiting factor.

                                    0      1      2      3      4      5
Available training hours
Coach/Athlete ratio
Available coaching
Medical support
Educational (technical support)
Required school hours
Cost: To facility/club
Cost: To athlete
Number of boys in program
Competition Opportunities
Recent success of Men's Nat. Team


1. What is the approximate square footage of your facility? ________

2. Men's equipment:

                         FX   PH   SR   V   PB   HB   Tramp
Permanent station
Multiple stations
Training pits
Specialty equip.

TEAM PLANNING - please indicate the type of planning you do for your various
team levels below:
                          VII   VI   V   IV   III   II   I   Elite
Yearly/seasonal plan
Daily Lesson Plan
Individual plans
Strength plan

Sports Science Use - please indicate any areas of sports science support in
which you have developed ongoing relationships and use on a regular basis.

1. _____   Medical
2. _____   Athletic trainer        How many times per week?  _____
3. _____   Sports Psychologist     Number of times per season? _____
4. _____   Strength/conditioning specialist
5. _____   Nutritionist
6. _____   Sports scientist (exercise physiologist etc.)
7. _____   Dance professional

Education--where does your men's staff get most of its ongoing
educational and coaching information?

Please rate the following on a 0 to 5 scale. 0 would indicate that you
do not use or attend, 5 would indicate a high use or attendance
                                  0    1    2     3    4    5
Competition program materials
State clinic
Regional clinic
USAG Congress
Instructional Camps
Published: books
         : periodicals
PDP: accreditation/info.
Video tapes

Information--How do you get information concerning the men's program?
Please rate the following on a 0 to 5 scale. 0 would indicate that it
is not a source, 5 would indicate a high use source of accurate and
timely information.

                                  0    1    2     3    4    5
State Director
Regional Director
USAG Periodicals
Word of mouth

Summary--Please include any thoughts or suggestions you may have on
how we can help improve men's gymnastics in this country and
particularly in regards to improving facilities and programs to train
our elite gymnasts.

Club /Program Name: ____________________________
Completed By:  ________________________________

Please return to USA Gymnastics by February 13, 1995
Attention: Dennis McIntyre
201 S. Capitol Ave. Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Fax: (317) 237-5069
USAGO! email to: USGF


Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 18:58:34 -0800 (PST)
From: ***
Subject: USAG Future Plans dont include Men (enuf)

> >non-profit and public programs
> Although a supporting statement would have been nice, technically, NCAA could
> fall under the above phrase.
> Mara
Its all part of the macho men thread we hashed out awhile back.
Here in the US male gymnasts are considered "pansies" although they
have the strength to yank a guys arms off if they wanted to.

Nobody wants to be too supportive of mens gymn because they dont think we are
macho enough.

Thats the way it is.... (bronx cheer)



Date: Sat, 11 Feb 1995 16:20:16 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: USA Gymnastics' Men's Survey

Gymners -- the following is a cover letter for an electronic survey
for Gym Owners and Coaches of men's facilities in the US.  This is
available (of course) on USA Gymnastics Online! but USAG
asked/encouraged me to pass it along to Gymn in hopes on increasing
the feedback.

The actual survey appears in the next msg; to submit it, email the
completed survey to

February 10, 1995
Dear Gym Owner/Coach,

USA Gymnastics has established a special Task Force on Training
Facilities and Programs for Male Gymnasts. The Task Force is charged
with exploring the needs of the elite male gymnast in the United
States and with making recommendations for ways that the y might be
better supported so that the U.S. might field highly competitive
international teams.

That analysis can only begin if we can gather the background
information the committee will need to make informed decisions. To do
that we need your help. Please complete and return the attached survey
to USA Gymnastics by February 15, 1995.

The work of this committee and the information gathered in the survey
will likely have an impact on many areas of men's gymnastics and so,
will not be limited to the elite level male gymnast. Areas of impact
might, for example include:

>  Increased participation opportunities for our high school age
   athletes who want to continue competition through their collegiate
>  Increased community cooperation between local clubs, community
   organizations, local corporations, and universities.
>  Increased educational and informational opportunities for coaches and
>  Increased participation by boys at all levels and ages through the
   visibility of a successful national program.

It is very important that you take the time to fill out this survey as
accurately as possible and return it to USA Gymnastics by February 15,
1995. Only through the input of dedicated individuals, such as
yourself, can we work together to enhance the opp ortunities and
success of men's gymnastics in this country. If you have other
comments or suggestions concerning the men's program you wish to add,
please do not hesitate to attach them to the survey. We wish to thank
you in advance for your time and ef fort. Your help, comments and
opinions are very important to us.

Dennis McIntyre, Men's Program Manager


Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 05:59:52 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: USOC/NCAA Task force

I am posting this because of it's relevance to the NCAA Men's
Gymnastics issue:


Colorado Springs -- The United States Olympic Committee has created a
special task force appointed by the USOC President LeRoy T. Walker
which will join forces with the National Collegiate Athletic
Association to strengthen relationships between the two bodies and
help future Olympians to reach their goals.

Walker appointed NCAA Executive Director Cedric Dempsey and USOC
Vice-President George Steinbrenner as co-chairs of the task force.
Dempsey is also a member of the USOC's Executive Committee.

"The NCAA and its institutions are a tremendous source of training and
development for Olympic athletes," said Walker. "In a time of severe
financial stress at many colleges and universities with Olympic sports
on their programs, we need to work together to help those athletes who
dream of Olympic participation. The NCAA schools have tremendous
facilities that can be utilized, and we also need to see how we can
expand our financial support to Olympians who have had their education

Walker indicated that the task force will set goals which can be
accomplished over a period of time, and that its mission will be to
look at the relationships between the USOC and the NCAA which can be
developed to assist emerging and elite athletes who are taking part in
Olympic sports at NCAA colleges and universities.

Appointed to the joint USOC/NCAA Task Force by Dr. Walker are:
     Cedric Dempsey, NCAA Executive Director*
     George Steinbrenner, USOC Vice-President*
     Bob Bowlsby, Athletic Director, The University of Iowa
     Judith A. Holland, Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Women's
Athletics, UCLA
     Col. Micki J. King (USAF Ret.), Special Assistant to the
Athletic Director, The University of Kentucky
     Robert F. Kanaby, Executive Director, National Federation of
State High School Associations (NFSHSA)
     Bill Stapleton, Austin, Texas, Olympic Swimmer ('88) and
Attorney, USOC Athletes' Advisory Council
     Lynn Cannon, USOC Board of Directors member, Pan American Games
Javelin Thrower ('75 & '79)
     Jim Fuchs, USOC Board of Directors member representing the
Public Sector, Olympic Shot Putter ('48 & '52)


"I am excited about the possibilities that exist in such a partnership
between the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee," said Walker.

"We will concentrate on three key areas -- facilities' usage,
scholarships and financial support, and programs, which will help
collegiate athletes attain their goals of becoming Olympians. We also
want to assist Olympians who are in college to reach their goals
without undue financial strain."

# # #


Date: Mon, 13 Feb 1995 06:01:33 -0700 (MST)
From: ***
Subject: USOC Grants

Information on the updated program for USOC Grants for high finishes
in world competition:

For Immediate Release:
December 6, 1994

        USOC Increases Funding Support to High Performance Athletes

On November 11, 1994, the USOC Executive Committee approved a proposal
from the Athlete Support Committee increasing Basic Grants to athletes
who are in the top four in the world and which may result in Level II
grant increases to athletes in the top eight in the world for
individual sports and top six for team sports. The committee supported
the proposition that increased financial support directed to the
highest performing athletes can have a profound effect on performance
at the Olympic Games.

Currently, NGB's receive annual grants based on the next Olympic Games
team size (or Pan American Games team size for Pan Am only sports).
While grants vary by NGB administration, typical Olympic grants are
$2,500 and Pan Am-only grants are $1,250. Athletes who receive these
grants may then apply for Special Assistance Grants up to $5,000.

Effective January 1, 1995, summer-sport athletes who participate in
sports on the next Olympic Games program and have a top-four ranking
will be eligible for the increased grants. The effective date for
winter-sports athletes is July 1, 1995.

Athletes with individual top-eight ranking or top six for team sports
can apply for Level II Grants, singularly or in combination, that
could bring combines Basic and Level II funding up to $15,000 per
year. For this program, ranking refers to placement at the prior
year's Operation Gold qualifying competition.

Eligibility for these grants is contingent upon satisfying program
policies and requirements. Athletes must demonstrate financial need
and incomes must fall within the established income cap. This
additional funding is granted through 1996 for summer sports and June
30, 1997 for winter sports.

The new grants for top-four athletes are graduated as

     Summer Sports                      Winter Sports
     1995 $8,400                        1995-96   $7,200
     1996 $9,600                        1996-97   $$8,400

Please note that Basic and Level II Grants for those who do not meet
the top-four or top-eight/six criterion will remain the same. Details
of Basic Grants for "top four" athletes will be worked out with each
NGB following Athlete Support Committee approved programs and

# # #


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