GYMN-L Digest - 2 Jun 1996 to 3 Jun 1996
There are 9 messages totalling 301 lines in this issue.
Topics of the day:
1. College Gymnastics
2. Masters competitions?
3. MAG: UNIFORMS.
4. SRC Worlds Coverage
6. Wish list for NBC
7. Rhythmic national championships.
8. possible gymnastics related TV
9. Olympic training squad, Australia
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 11:06:55 -0400
Subject: College Gymnastics
I heard that some college gymnastics teams will accept anyone, is that true?
Since I am currently not competing at the elite level, I am worried about
competing for a college in a year. How does getting on a college team work
anyway? Is there a tryout usually or what? I have e-mailed two coaches of
colleges I want to go to about 2 weeks ago and havent heard any response yet.
Any college gymnasts out there, tell me about experiences. :-)
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 11:58:16 -0500
Subject: Re: Masters competitions?
>I, personally, would love to see a program where people could still
>compete after they get "old" (i.e. not in high school anymore). There are
>a tremendous amount of gymnasts who have no choice but to drop the sport
>when they get to college--college teams are beyond the reach of most
>gymnasts, and unless you're lucky enough to be at a school that offers
>rec classes (as i thankfully am), you're stuck. I think gymnastics is missing
>out on a potentially large group-- i know many many many ex-high school
>gymnasts who would still love to compete or just have somewhere to play
>with routines if they could, but there's nowhere to do it. I guess
>technically you could still do J.O., but 1) it's not really fun to work
>out with kids 10 years younger than you who are better than you, and 2)
>training 15+ hours/week at a gym is beyond the reach, both time-wise and
>financially, of most ex-gymnasts in college.
>Does everyone think? Or is there already a program that i don't know
What about a Division III league? I don't know of many small liberal
arts colleges that have them. Most of our sports teams allow for a
variety of levels especially the more individual sports like track and
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 12:34:35 -0600
Subject: MAG: UNIFORMS.
Here is a topic that I always wanted to ask and I never heard any announcer
or coach tell me the reason. Why do male gymnast have to wear pants on
all events except FX and V? Is there some reason? I know that the old
white pants made the lines longer, but at what price? They were hot and
I didn't like wearing them at all, so I never put them on in warm ups, on
I don't know how this started. I mean, gymnatics used to be nude in the
ancient times. Was it some Victorian age thing that got it started
at the turn of the century? I am glad, at least, that gymnast can now wear
different colors, but it still looks odd, wearing the pants. I mean, alot og
guys would even pull their leotard down to their waist when warming
up. What's up with these uniforms.
If anyone wanted to increase the ratings of male artistic gymnastics, then they
would let the men perform topless. Showing off the chisled hard body
would certainly increase ratings by increasing the number of females who
watched. Look at Baywatch, that well acted, highest rated show in the world.
P.S. Anyone know of any MAG who still wear pants on vault or FX? I haven't
seen it in years!
Dina, Dina, oh god Dina!
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 14:00:17 -0400
Subject: SRC Worlds Coverage
Once again, SRC (French Canadian TV) out did themselves with
outstanding coverage of the PUR World Championships yesterday (the only
glitch in SRC's coverage was when they tried to cover all segments from
Sabae in one two hour show). They showed every medallist (even
Marinescu, how about that!) In addition, routines of non-medallists were
shown (Valle on V, Sheremeta and Teza on UB, Furnon(!) on FX for the
women; Federchenko on FX, Poujade on PH, and Ivankov on PB for the men -
as well as routines highlighting the Canadian effort).
Furnon's FX was very good, just a hop/step back after her double
layout. In terms of performance quality, she tops the field IMO.
Sheremeta showed to be a technically sound gymnast, who could teach her
teammate Pod a thing or two (ie how to keep your legs together on a
Gienger!) Federchenko has amazing twisting ability, throwing a double
twisting double layout on FX, where he was robbed just as much as he was
on HB finals IMO.
All this and no fluff! How's that for a gymnastics broadcast!
Well done SRC!
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 16:32:15 -0400
I need help. I am doing a health project entitled "Eating Disorders in
Gymnastics" and anyone that has ANY information PLEASE SEND IT ASAP
This project is due on Friday June 7...so please HURRY....I am looking for
documented facts and articles...thanks
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 15:54:10 -0700
Subject: Wish list for NBC
I don't know if anyone from NBC is still on the list, but if they are,
here is my wish list for coverage:
1 - I know there are certain gymnasts you will *have* to cover, no matter
where they finish, ex - Moceanu, but how about showing just a 30 second
flash of "Really Neat or Unusual Skills."
I bet you could cram at least 6 great moves into those 30 seconds and we
could all get a glimpse of how the other gymnasts are doing without you
having to show their whole routine.
2 - If not that, how about 30 seconds or less of "Too Bad!" which would
show so and so falling off the beam, or someone else bumbling a
dismount. I don't mean this to be disrespectful to the competitors, but
again, it would let us know why someone didn't finish in the top four or
five without having to show all their routines.
3 - Yup, I'm mostly a women's fan, but if you do men's coverage, please
show some moves or routines while talking about the meet. Some segments
have just shown John Rothlesberger standing there, or mugging for the
camera. I understand there are many time constraints, so we could make
the best of the short time by showing the men doing skills, not just
hanging out. (NBC is actually much better about this than others.)
4 - NBC's fluff segments are the best of any network, hands down. My
non-gymnastics friends think they are very interesting. But, is there
any chance they could reveal something about the gymnast that we don't
already know? Example - no need to do a segment on how tiny and young
Moceanu is, we can all see that. No need to do one on how accomplished
Shannon Miller is, we already know that too. But it would be interesting
to do one on things I don't know about these two, or show them at home or
with family in a setting outside the gym.
Well, these are just suggestions and wishes. I hope someone from NBC
gets them. I re-read the message and I hope it doesn't sound sarcastic,
because I am quite sincere. I mean no offense to
the Network or to fellow gymners, these are just my personal ideas.
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 19:40:19 -0400
Subject: Rhythmic national championships.
I just thought I would pass on the news about the 1996 Rhythmic national
championships. They were held in Athens, Ga., site of the 1996 olympic
rhythmic gymnastics championships.
Well, Jessica Davis won the AA title Saturday night, by a big margin. She
will mostly likely be our sole representative to the 1996 olympics (as you
probably know, our national rhythmic team isn't that good) since the US only
earned one spot for the games. She was the only competitor with really
Both Natlie Lacuesta and Laura Illy, who everybody thought would be very
strong at the championships, had a bad time. Laura Illy had a really bad
time in Athens. She was dropping everything. Roswell, Ga's own Meagan Muller
made the national team. She was surprised herself.
Last year's Junior national champion, Kassy Scharringhausen, had some
trouble too. But she came back Saturday to end up in third place. Both
Natlie and Kassy train in Roswell at Atlanta International RSG. So you could
say that they were the hometown favorites.
The individual event competition ends Sunday. Hopefully I can get all of the
final scores and post them tomorrow. The all-around competition was
Saturday. I think this is the only information I have seen on gymn about the
nationals championships. What, nobody cares about RG? Our local paper
virtually ignored it. Nothing on TV about it. Well, the other nationals are
next Saturday. Everybody (especially the newspaper and other media) will be
fawning all over it. Dominque Moceanu will be there (you know how the press
worships her). I can't wait for the nationals either. But what about these
championships? What, is Jessica , Kassy and the gang, chopped liver? I am
going to write my paper about this (just kidding).
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 1996 23:42:09 -0400
Subject: possible gymnastics related TV
I turned on NBC a few minutes before the start of the Sonics game today
(Sunday afternoon) and caught the end of a show called "Olympic Century". I
don't really know exactly what the show/series was, but they said that in the
next broadcast they were going to feature some "greats" of the Olympic Games
including Carl Lewis and Nadia (among others). So you might want to keep
your eye out for that - sorry I don't have more details.
p.s. I also wanted to say thanks to everybody who keeps us updated on the
various meets around the world (since the papers around here don't seem to
realize the sport actually exists...)
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 19:55:22 +1000
Subject: Olympic training squad, Australia
The Australian Gymnastics Federation has sent me the list of female gymnasts
from which our final team will be chosen :
>Thankyou for your E-Mail.
>The nine girls who have made the Olympic squad are:
>Kirsty-Leigh Brown NSW
>Jade Davidson QLD
>Joanna Hughes VIC
>Nicole Kantek NSW
>Ruth Moniz NSW
>Lisa Moro VIC
>Genevieve Preston ACT
>Lisa Skinner QLD
>Jenny Smith WA
>The other girls that trialed but did not make the squad are:
>Zeena McLaughlin VIC
>Salli Wills WA
>Rebecca Wilson QLD
>Rebecca Stoyel SA
>The girls will be evaluated over the next two weeks with the final team being
>announced on Monday June 17th.
>From what I understand from reading in the papers, Ruth Moniz and Lisa
Skinner performed particularly well at the trial, and Joanna Hughes, who
missed Barcelona through injury, had a shocker in compulsories and had to
perform really well in optionals to make the squad.
I really hope Jo makes the team. She has been a great competitor for
Australia over the years and has missed out on more glory through injury.
Some of you may remember she qualified for floor finals at Brisbane Worlds,
but sprained her ankle in the AA and had to withdraw.
End of GYMN-L Digest - 2 Jun 1996 to 3 Jun 1996