GYMN-L Digest - 28 May 1995 to 29 May 1995
There are 11 messages totalling 329 lines in this issue.
Topics of the day:
1. '95 Intl. Romanian Champs
2. Australian Nationals (2)
3. Kim Zmeskal
4. AGA and Wrist guards
5. Oz Nat'l Tidbits
6. Anybody know Lou Perske?
7. National HS Champs (2)
8. Suggestions for Web pages
9. Thanks to Dory and Karen!
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 01:10:06 -0400
Subject: Re: '95 Intl. Romanian Champs
To add to Rachele's response, the "oak tree" is credited to Omelianchik in
the Code, though as far as anyone I know can tell, hers had a 3/4 twist.
Often this skill is performed ungracefully, and especially when it's landed
in a straight handstand with no split or anything else it looks just like
that -- a tree trunk.
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 17:21:55 EST-11
Subject: Australian Nationals
Thought I'd let you know the results of the Australian Nationals held
24th-28th May in Perth.
1. Nicole Kantek 37.662
2. Ruth Moniz 37.40
3. Joanna Hughes 37.325
4. Claire Cribbes 37.312
5. Genevieve Preston 36.862
6. Jenny Smith 36.787 (fell off beam)
1. Jenny Smith 9.337
2. Nicole Kantek 9.212
3. Claire Cribbes 8.90
1. Ruth Moniz 9.525
2. Nicole Kantek 9.30
M. Laws 9.30 (don't know her first name)
1. Lisa Moro 9.50
2. Joanna Hughes 9.25
3. Jade Davidson 9.00
Unfortunately I don't have the floor results.
A week or so ago Joanna Hughes was interviewed on a local show,
"Sportsworld". I thought she looked really good - her line on bars
was great, but unfortunately the Nationals results don't show this.
Joanna admitted she watches "Melrose Place"!!! Bit of trivia for you
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 10:37:15 +0000
Subject: Kim Zmeskal
can anyone give me any information about what Kim Zmeskal is doing now,I have
read that she is back in training again and hoping to compete in the olympics
also is Kerri Strug still training ?
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 17:11:18 -0400
Subject: AGA and Wrist guards
Hi. I am looking for information on a couple of things.
1. I have some gymnasts interested inordering wrist protectors for tumbling,
etc. Does anyone know where we can find them and which brands are better (or
2. I am also looking for information on AGA. Is it a state-based
organization or national? Where can I get information on it? And, what type
pf gymn program is it best for?
3. Lastly, what is the USAG prep program?
Date: Tue, 30 May 1995 08:56:18 +1000
Subject: Re: Australian Nationals
As Simone has already told you, Aussie Nationals were this weekend,
however, here's a few adjustments to the results she gave:
> Women's AA:
> 1. Nicole Kantek 37.662
> 2. Ruth Moniz 37.40
> 3. Joanna Hughes 37.325
> 4. Claire Cribbes 37.312
> 5. Genevieve Preston 36.862
> 6. Jenny Smith 36.787 (fell off beam)
These are only the optional scores (explains why they're in the 30's!).
Overall, things don't change much except Smith was 5th. Ruth Moniz won
compulseries over Jade Davidson (who BTW lives 3 streets away from me :)
> M. Laws 9.30 (don't know her first name)
> Unfortunately I don't have the floor results.
Another gold to Lisa Moro on that event.
As for the mens, Andrei Kratsov won over Bret Hudson. Optional totals were:
1. Kratsov 54.850
2. Hudson 53.650
3. Hogan 52.550
4. Kingston 52.350
5. Mamine 51.250
6. Grigson 50.850
In the Rythmic Leigh Marning won again. Optional totals were:
1. Marning 44.580
2. Darrah 44.470
3. Mitchell 42.920
My talent scout abilities left me with egg all over my face again, with
Brisbanes Sarah Drovandi sharing 1st place in the sub-juniors with South
Australias Karina Laenger (they won 8 medals between them). I saw Sarah
compete last month, and even though she won the division, barely noticed
As for the Aussie team to Sabae, the third trial will be National Club
Champs, in Adelaide in August. From there they will progress to a
training camp in Canberra, until the best seven are selected for Worlds.
If I was choosing the team at this point, it would be:
Kantek, Moniz, Hughes, Moro, Cribbes, Smith, & Davidson for compluseries
It's interesting to note, that of those seven girls, only two, Moniz &
Hughes, were old enough for Dortmund, which should explain our absense.
Just my thoughts.
Date: Tue, 30 May 1995 10:27:57 +1000
Subject: Re: Oz Nat'l Tidbits
Just thought I'd clear up, some of the mistakes from the Aussie AP......
> Nicole Kantak (NSW) won the Women's AA [or so the article aludes ... there
> were no more results after compos so I can't be sure]
Kantek was interviewed on Natinal TV and introduced as the new Natinal
Champ, so although scoring doesn't make any sense, you can be sure she IS
Australias 1995 Champ.
> Moro won both floor and beam and Nat'l coach Ju Ping said of her "Lisa is
> certainly a shining light for Australian gymnastics." Moro lives away from
> her home in Melbourne during the week to train with Fiona Bird.
What on earth?! Fiona Bird coaches her Victorian kids in Melbourne (the
Cheltnam Youth Club to be exact), so though I can't guarantee it, I'm
pretty sure she doesn't live away from home, since Lisa lives in
Melbournes outer suberbs.....
> It says that Moniz only recently moved to the controversy
> laden Insitute of Sport from her home in Sydney.
This sentence is a joke! Ruth Moniz has lived in residence at the AIS
since at least 1990 (could be since 89, but 90 is the first footage I
have of her there). Which certainly makes her the longeset serving
gymnast there. (she said in a mid-91 interveiw, that she'd been at the
AIS for 'two and a half years now')
> It doesn't say why but star Kasumi Takahashi did not take part. No mention of
> whether she competed in the AA or not.
Nope, she wasn't there. She's the best RSG gymnast in the country and
isn't required to fly half way across the world to prove it.
Also, Trent Dimas performed exabition routines at Nationals. I know
little about mens gymnastics, but from the tiny bit I saw, he looked
The media in Australia knows so little about gymnastics, it isn't funny.
I counted 5 mistakes in one newspaper article! Not that TV coverage was
any better, only one show even mentioned it! Which is actually because
it's in Perth, and the east coast media rarely covers events on the other
side of the country.
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 18:41:37 -0600
Subject: Anybody know Lou Perske?
I recently received the following note from a "chap" named Barry. If any of you knows Lou Persky, please email me! (This note has already been forwarded to Glenn Sundby.) --Rachele
| I'm a new subscriber to the WWW and an X Olympic gymnast from Australia -
| 1964 - 72 and coach 1976.
| In the late sixties a chap called Lou Persky probably now in his late
| firties came to Australia for 3 years or so and married a blind Australian
| girl and disappeares back to the USA. He was known to Glenn Sundby of the
| Gymnast Magazine and organised some of the early GYMFESTS on Muscle Beach
| Cal. One of the gymnasts he trained was a guy called Frudenstine, I think.
| Anyway I'd love to catch up with him again to say Hi. He made a
| consiiderable impact on my career and to that of Australian gymnastics which
| was very much in its infantancy at that stage of geographic isolation from
| the gymnastic world.
| If you can advise or suggest any way of getting a message out that may
| locate an address I would be most gratefull.
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 20:47:27 -0400
Subject: Re: National HS Champs
I just got back today from high school nationals. I was
actually a competitor so I don't have complete results at all.,
just what I remeber from watching the meet. Overall, it was
a great meet. Everyone seemed to have a terrific time, both
at the meet and in the other activities for the weekend. now
on the to competition.
The level of gymnastics was very high at this meet,. Most of
the gymnasts were level nines a or tens (former and current).
I mean women competitors, that is. The men seemed to range
fo from the top juniors all the wat way down to guys who
had just started gymnastics in high school.
The prelininary competions for men and women were both held on
Friday. These were also the all0-around and team competion.
The men's all-around was won be by Todd Bishop of New York (I
didn't know it, but he's the current U>S.S SA jr elite class
I all-around champion , too). The texas boys team took first
in and n.y. took either second or third.
The womens competion was won by Beth Brown fo Texas and Second
went to Denise Johnson of Marylnad (Yeah!!!). Denise only
missed first by .025 which was really disapoiniting for her.
Texas girls also won first with N.Y. in second (my lea team, Maryland
, came in last, but we kind of expected taht. Even with Denise)
I don't remember the men's event finals champions except that
Todd took first atleast once (high be bar). Denise went on
th to come in first on vault, floor, tie on beam , and second
Well, that's all the ta that I can remember. If anyone wants
exact results I can probably get te them. I know that
Denise took a copy of them home with her.
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 18:58:42 -0600
Subject: Suggestions for Web pages
Hey all, I'm doing a makeover of the web pages, so I'm asking for
suggestions from people who use them with any regularity. I'm asking
for nitpicky suggestions that will make the pages more user-friendly.
For instance, I am going to list the current event results in reverse
chronological order so that the most recent competitions are always at
the top - the first thing you see when you hit the homepage. I'll
probably move the hotlist link to the top to also make it more
accessible. Any suggestions along those lines would be much
Any suggestions regarding pictures etc -- please hold off on those as
I am not ready to implement those yet. Thanks!
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 21:16:15 -0400
Subject: Re: National HS Champs
Well, I was at the meet judging the woman's competition. I, however, did not
get a copy of the final results. I do remember that it was pratically a
sweep by Texas winning the Men's and Woman's team and the Woman's AA. I
think they also won the Men's AA also.
Date: Mon, 29 May 1995 20:01:42 -0600
Subject: Thanks to Dory and Karen!
I just wanted to say thanks to Karen and Dory for teaming
up to keep Gymn so well informed of the Canadian Nationals results and
other goings-on. We really appreciate it. Also, I encourage Gymn
members from all countries to keep us informed of the latest news from
End of GYMN-L Digest - 28 May 1995 to 29 May 1995