GYMN-L Digest - 9 May 1996 to 10 May 1996

There are 16 messages totalling 353 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Coaching Positions and Re-introduction
  2. USA National Championships on the WWW
  3. Level 10 Natl's
  4. Atlanta Olympics Accomidations.
  5. Michelle Campi
  6. college help
  7. Looking for World Gymnastics video
  8. Mobile Gymnastic Programs
  9. Commentators
 10. Selling of Gymagic
 11. IG phone #
 12. Jupiter
 13. NCAA "coverage"
 14. M Euros: GER News
 15. US Classic/Euro Champs
 16. JO Nationals


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 19:25:49 WST
Subject: Coaching Positions and Re-introduction

     Hello to all,

     I am wondering if there are any full time coaching positions for elite
     men's gymnnastic coaches available at this present time or in the next
     couple of months. If you have any positions available or know of any
     that might exist I would be very appreiciative if you can EMail me

     Anyway here is my re-introduction of myself:

     My name is Peter and I am the Assistant Coach at the Western
     Australian Institute of Sport, Men's Gymnastics Program.

     We have both a Men's and Women's Gymnastics program at WAIS which has
     been operational for the past 7 years. We offer elite gymnastics only
     ranging from ages 7 through to Senior level. All told we have approx
     90 - 100 elite gymnasts within our program. Our program run's from the
     Perth Superdrome (the venue for the 1991 and 1998 World Swimming
     Championships) which is located in the central suburban district of
     Mount Claremont, approximently 10min from the city and about 2 min
     from the beach (which is great during summer). Our gym is fairly small
     about 25 x 40m but produces great gymnasts.

     Our coaching staff is highly regarded, consisting of 14 coaches,
     headed by Andrei Rodionenko (former Head Coach of the Soviet Union).
     We have three other ex - soviet coaches plus one more coming soon. The
     rest of us are Australian.

     We have several Australian Junior and Senior team members training at
     WAIS Gym. Jenny Smith (Australia's top senior girl who unfortunately
     missed Worlds this year due to an ankle injury one day before prelim's
     in Sabae), David Schneider (Australia's best Junior boy who just
     competed at the All Japan Junior Invitational in Tokyo) and other up
     and coming gymnasts such as Sarah Prosser and Jamie Osborne (both
     Australian junior squad members).

     I am responsible for coaching the Junior Men at WAIS (14 - 15 yrs) and
     administration of the Men's Program. Now that I have got this EMail
     program I am also to provide updates etc to other coaches on results
     etc. I am also very interested in Russian training methodology and
     techniques. I enjoy this very much as alot of what we think happened
     in the soviet bloc is total misinterpretation. So if anyone would like
     to discuss things in this nature just EMAIL me. I am also a qualified
     National Judge and I am part way through my science degree at

     Regards for now,



Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 07:51:00 MDT
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: USA National Championships on the WWW

The USA Gymnastics website now has a preliminary page for

Also, someone asked about Spanish vocabulary words a week or
two ago.  The USAG website also has a spanish english dictionary
available.  It is at:

(one of the last links on this page)



Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 09:58:22 CDT
From:    ***@PROCTR.CBA.UA.EDU
Subject: Level 10 Natl's

Does anyone have results from Level 10's?  Top AA's and top event
finishers would be great.



Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 10:37:19 -0600
Subject: Atlanta Olympics Accomidations.

If anyone is looking for a place to stay in Atlanta during the games, yesterday
I recieved a mailing from a company which is suppose to have housing available
still. Did anyone else recieve this in the mail? Anyway, they gave a
1-800 number. I have it at home and can email anyone (privately) if they
want to call the number. Who knows WHAT they are charging?


Dina, Dina, Dina


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 10:05:55 -0700
From:    ***@SEATTLEU.EDU
Subject: Michelle Campi

I go to the University of Washington campus a lot and I have seen
Michelle on occasion.  She seems to be having a lot of fun in the college
life and her gymnastics is still really difficult and great to watch.  I
think she is planning on competing in more events in the future.
Corrie :)


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 16:18:21 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: college help

I'm a level 10 gymnast, and I'm a junior in high school this year.  I'm
starting to look into college gymnastics, and I was wondering if anyone knows
a list of top gymnastics schools around the country (USA).  I don't mean to
sound ignorant, but I haven't had much time to keep up with NCAA news.
 Please e-mail me if you have any suggestions or advice.  Thanks!



Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 16:58:51 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Looking for World Gymnastics video

Hi ...

Looking for a videotape of the 1995 Women's World Gymnastics championship
held recently in Japan.

Please e-mail *** with any info you might have.




Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 21:16:55 GMT
From:    ***@IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: Mobile Gymnastic Programs

Do anyone out there work with a mobile gymnastic program?  Mobile
gymnastics usually involves a gymnastic center that goes out and teaches
classes at day cares, schools, ect.  I have some questions and would
apprecate someone who is familiar with this to please email me


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 18:05:54 -0400
Subject: Commentators

Does anyone know if John Tesh will be commentating on gymnastics for the
Olympics? I have a dreadful feeling that he will be, which means my mute
button will be getting a good workout.


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 18:09:09 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Selling of Gymagic

David McCreary of Gymagic announced he was selling Gymagic to the Level 8
coach and is moving to Southern California to take a salaried position with
SCATS. We had several girls on the verge of going elite and now we are high
and dry. Our entire gym is in a state of shock.  I can understand the feeling
some of the people in Houston are feeling.  They're fortunate. Houston has
some choices.  Sacramento has few choices since Rick Newman left for Dynamo.
Any Northern California people have any thoughts on this.  I don't really
know what to do.  My daughter was going to try to go elite this year.  Moving
or having her live away is not an  option for us. Help!! Saludos, Ramon


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 18:10:41 -0400
From:    ***@TSO.CIN.IX.NET
Subject: IG phone #

Sorry to put this out in the forum, but does anyone have the phone
number for IG?  I have a bone to pick with the billing dept.

Private e-mail to ***

Liz B.


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 18:51:29 -0700
Subject: Re: Jupiter

"Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity," part of "The Planets" by Gustav Holst (an
Englishman), has been used for FX music.

Guilty as charged: Yolande Mavity, then of Oregon's National Academy,
around 1985. I think she used that one at Karolyi's as well ('86?).

I think better choreography could be done to that piece, but then "Yo" was
always more of a tumbler. She went on to UCLA in the late '80s.

Now how about something to "Time," the third track on "Dark Side of the
Moon"? Hmm, we'll have Val Kondos do it.

An ex-violinist, but not one who's played the piece,


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 18:51:32 -0700
Subject: Re: NCAA "coverage"

Lisa Marie agreeing with Melanie:

>I'm guessing somehow that the funding for the NCAA coverage wasn't too
>much and then had to make cuts. But, yeah. Cutting a performance off as a
>gymnast falls is insulting.
>> There seems to be a surreal feeling to collegiate gymnastics when watching
>> these teams.  I coach a team that is struggling back from title 9 and our
>> gymnasts live in the "real world".  We all are trying to get the media and
>> others to really understand gymnastics and this is how we do it?

Well said, both. CBS's NCAA coverage has always been spotty (I have tapes
from '85), showing partial routines and then not a very good choice. They
manage to pick the wrong sets year after year. Like why did they decide to
show Lori Strong on beam, her worst event? Guess you didn't want to see her
on bars: two high hop-fulls to Tkatchev, swing half turn, Strong. (Well,
okay, she may have left that out in team finals, but you get the drift.)

Sure, we all laugh at the scoring, but there *is* good gymnastics on show
in the NCAA. You'd just never know it from watching CBS.

Perhaps they should farm it out to ESPN, CTV, CBC or Eurosport. They
usually manage to show lots of *complete* routines in the same amount of
time, with little hype.

>Since you brought up the real world, a thought that crossed my mind while
>watching the coverage was that these girls were all their own
>cheerleaders - perfectly admirable on a collegiate forum, but with their
>cheering it was hard to feel any seriousness being used to very poised
>national competitors.

The other thing that bugs me is gymnasts playing cheerleader before they've
even saluted the judges - very tacky. Hey, it's college and I don't mind
the celebrating (ever watch int'l gym in '80-84? 'twas standard then), but
act like a gymnast first, walk off the mat and then jump up and down.

IMHO, of course.


Stella Umeh rocks.

So does the girl from Oregon State (name?) who did a clean full-twisting
Pak salto at Regionals. Wow. OSU has awesome bars - another girl does two
Shushunovas and Heather Bennett is just plain flawless. So CBS showed a
random FX. Right.


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 22:05:49 -0400
From:    ***@CLOUD9.NET
Subject: M Euros: GER News

According to the dpa (German Press Agency), Andreas Wecker will not
compete in Copenhagen due to tonsillitis.  Belenky is complaining of pain
in his Achilles tendon, so the chances of Germany taking many medals at
Euros are "slim".  Head coach Franz Heinlein hopes that they can place in
the top 10 as a team (the other members are Toba, Billerbeck, Nikiferow
and Walther).

Debbie :-)


Date:    Thu, 9 May 1996 06:48:02 +0000
From:    ***@IGC.APC.ORG
Subject: US Classic/Euro Champs

1)   Any info on who will compete at the U.S. Classic in  on May

2)  I assume all the big guns will be at the European Women's
champs (no Men's comp? what did I miss?))  that same weekend.
 Any notable  absences already?    Predictions?

--Mary Lynne

Introduction:  I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where I competed
Class II then in high school (this list is one of the few places where at age
I feel like an old-timer).  In a slight twist on the familiar story, my coach
with my family when I was around 10 or 11--it meant strict enforcement of the
nightly sit-up rule, but otherwise mom kept a wall between coaching and home.
Favorite gymnast was Natalia Shaposhnikova--wherever I've lived, I've
always tacked up a photo of her in a perfect handstand.  I drifted away from
the sport for most of the 80s,  but never stopped tumbling on the beach or
walking through the comp. beam routine.  But I missed this part of my
life, so started following it again a few years ago.  I now live in San
 Francisco, where I'm a
union-side labor lawyer.   Am always happiest when heading off to visit a new
country--some of my favorite gymnastics experiences visiting gyms when
This list is a great way to stay a part of our gymn community-- thanks to all
sharing info, and for keeping spats private.


Date:    Fri, 10 May 1996 02:18:19 -0500
From:    ***@DELPHI.COM
Subject: JO Nationals

On May 9 Texx wrote,
>Met someone who turns out to be a friend of Ben Corr from this list.


End of GYMN-L Digest - 9 May 1996 to 10 May 1996