GYMN-L Digest - 22 Jun 1996 to 23 Jun 1996

There are 9 messages totalling 249 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Belgium
  2. TV Program "The Ultimate Athlete"
  3. GYMN-L Digest - 21 Jun 1996 to 22 Jun 1996
  4. ultimate athlete: gymnastics segment start times
  5. Meet Invitation!
  6. Fwd: petitioning
  7. Gymnlisters meeting at trials
  8. floor music
  9. Articles on Women Gymnasts -- Newsweek, June 24, 1996


Date:    Sat, 22 Jun 1996 20:22:54 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Belgium

Hello Everyone!

Actually, I'm aiming this message to just two of you.  I noticed on the
statistics of subscribers that two of you are from Belgium.  The reason why I
ask is that I have a very young gymnast that is moving there and I was hoping
that you could provide some information about gymnastics in Belgium.  Please
send me private email if you are reading this.  Thanks!  See ya!



Date:    Sat, 22 Jun 1996 21:27:01 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: TV Program "The Ultimate Athlete"

Thank you for theTV Alert on the Discovery Channel Show, "The Ultimate
Athlete - Pushing the Limit".

For those of you who  are interested, Meng Fei is practicing the
International Compulsory Beam routine that we will see many times in Atlanta.
 The front handspring front tuck off the beam was a warm up for the
compulsory dismount which is a front handspring - front tuck with a 1/2 turn



Date:    Sat, 22 Jun 1996 21:32:17 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: GYMN-L Digest - 21 Jun 1996 to 22 Jun 1996

Hi! I'm new to this group.My name is Andrew. I'm 14 years old and I
live in Cabot, Arkansas.  I am going into the ninth grade when school starts
again.  About 3 weeks ago, I had an ear operation so that meant I couldn't do
any gymnastics for about 4 weeks.  I've survived through three weeks so far
but I've given into the temtation once in a while and did simple things like
cartwheels, front walkovers and rolls.  I'm going to join a power tumbling
class after we get back from vacation in a couple of weeks.  I'm a pretty
good front tumbler and a terrible back tumbler( I'm afraid I'll break my neck
if I do  a back-handspring or a back flip.  Any tips?).  I'm subscribed to
"International Gymnast" magazine.  My favorite gymnasts are John
Roethlisberger, Blaine Wilson, and Bill Roth.


P.S.  What happened to Bill Roth on the Pommel Horse?  It looked like he
deliberatly jumped off both times!


Date:    Sat, 22 Jun 1996 22:01:32 -0400
From:    ***@EROLS.COM
Subject: ultimate athlete: gymnastics segment start times

Well, despite my last post, maybe not so much gymnastics in this
show after all.  But gymnastics is included as part of a segment on
Chinese training and selection procedures that begins at roughly 40
minutes into the 2-hour show, and the Meng Fei segment, which runs
perhaps 8 minutes, starts at just a little over the 1 hour mark.
Tennis, Chinese diving, and Kenyan running segments were interesting,
too; and the discussion of youthful v. mature perspectives and the
interplay of sport and business were well-handled in both the tennis and
hockey segments.  Most sports covered seem to get two extended segments.
I wonder what those of you who have some understanding of China might
have to say of the image presented here (which is quite reminiscent of
the shows we used to get about the Soviet and Romanian gymnastics
machines 20 years ago, with added assertions about Chinese culture.)



Date:    Sat, 22 Jun 1996 23:18:45 -0500
From:    ***@SCOTT.NET
Subject: Meet Invitation!

                        Attention all Gymnast, Coaches & Parents!

Please print and take to your gym!!

                        Announcing the '96 BAMA RAMA Compulsory Invitational

hosted by: the BAMA BOUNDERS BOOSTER CLUB, to be held on the University of
Alabama campus in beautiful Tuscalossa, Alabama

                "Home of the 1996 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Champions!"

                                MEET INFORMATION

        Date:           September 27, 28, & 29, 1996
        Location:       Foster Auditorium, University of Alabama campus
        Competitive Levels: 4, 5, 6, & 7 individuals & teams for Levels
4,5,6 & 7

                                Reservation Card:
        Please mark these dates on your calendar and fill out the enclosed
reservation form and return by July 15th to ensure a place for your team in
one of the largest compulsory meets in the southeast.  If you have any
questions, please call:

        Donna Springer - Meet Chairperson @ (205) 349-4231
        Mike Holdefer - Bama Bounders Parents Club President @ (205) 339-3822

        Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you
        Meet reservation forms, maps and host hotel information, etc. will
be         forthcoming as the meet date nears.


                        '96 BAMA RAMA Reservation Form

        ______ YES, we are planning to attend this meet:

        Club Name:
        Contact Person:
        Phone #: (____)_____________________  Fax #:
        Mailing Address:

        We are plan on bringing the following number of gymnasts (estimated):
        Level 4:__________
        Level 5:__________
        Level 6:__________
        Level 7:__________

        Please return on or before July 15th.  We will be mailing the meet
package to         you at a later date.  This information will help for
planning purposes only.          Thank you.

        Send to:        Bama Rama
                        c/o Bama Bounders
                        P.O. Box 253
                        Tuscaloosa, Al. 35486



Date:    Sun, 23 Jun 1996 00:24:21 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Fwd: petitioning

For some reason, I don't think this went through the first time...sorry if
some of you have already received it.
Forwarded message:
Subj:    Re: petitioning
Date:    96-06-19 23:34:35 EDT

I'm not really sure what I think about the petitioning situation as a whole
right now, but I don't agree with whoever said it was worse than the '92

1) IMHO, the biggest problem with the '92 situation was that Kim Kelly
soundly defeated Wendy Bruce in both Nationals and trials, yet she still
didn't make the team. I seriously doubt that Shannon or Jaycie (the 2 people
who beat Dom) will be left off the team due to Dom's petition.

2) Related to that, another problem was that Betty Okino made the team
without competing in the Nationals OR Trials.  At least in this case,
everyone will have competed in one or the other (if not both).  This provides
a concrete score upon which to base someone's placement in relation to the
others on the team.

3) Finally, if nothing else good comes out of this year's selection least they are not picking 8 gymnasts from the trials and then
eliminating one during a "closed door" coaches meeting.  That just seemed so
ridiculous to me and extremely unfair to the one person who was dismissed --
Kim Kelly.  If Dom or Shannon make the team, it will be based solely on the
strength of their scores at Nationals (I doubt the judges would deliberately
manipulate the scores, as suggested by the _Today_ show) rather than a vote
among the coaches!

This year made not be the perfect situation, but it beats the nightmare of

Just my .02 cents,



Date:    Sun, 23 Jun 1996 04:33:59 GMT
From:    ***@PIPELINE.COM
Subject: Gymnlisters meeting at trials

Hi guys - I too would be interested in meeting during Trials, so we could
connect faces to typing styles. Whomever is in charge(sorry, I forgot),
please email me before Wed. if possible, I leave early Thurs. morning for
Boston. Hope to see you guys there!




Date:    Sun, 23 Jun 1996 17:26:55 +1000
From:    ***@OZEMAIL.COM.AU
Subject: floor music

Regarding the post about floor music.

None of those really stick in my mind as being particularly good or bad,
However, my vote for the worst floor music of all time is Elena Gurova's
piece for 87 Worlds.  Blaring, repetitive, and totally unartistic (although
you can't take anything away from Gurova's tumbling).

Chelle Stack's rock and roll piece for 88 Olympics is my vote for second
worst floor music of all time, same reasons as above.

As fr the best, nothing comes to mind at present, perhaps Kessler's 84
Olympics "West Side Story" or Dudnik's 89 Worlds piece, which I believe was



Date:    Sun, 23 Jun 1996 04:16:51 EDT
Subject: Articles on Women Gymnasts -- Newsweek, June 24, 1996

I've come across two articles, one about the Chinese woman gymnast, Mo Huilan.
The second is about USA women Gymnasts.


End of GYMN-L Digest - 22 Jun 1996 to 23 Jun 1996