THE Tylenol Skating and
in Oklahoma City on Oct. 14
combined an impressive cast
of Olympic skaters and gymnasts, along with virtuoso
pianist Lang Lang of China.
Shown here (from left) are
Nastia Liukin, Nadia
Comaneci (who helped husband Bart Conner as a co-host), 2006 Olympic gold
medal figure skater Yevgeny
Plushenko and Romania’s
Other gymnasts in the cast
were Paul Hamm, Ivan
Ivankov, Jonathan Horton,
Kevin Tan and Raj Bhavsar.
NBC will air the show on
Feb. 9, 2008.
INCLUSION Body Myositis (IBM) has been
battling Frank Bare for 17 years, but on one
front the rare degenerative muscle disease doesn’t stand a chance. Though Bare is restricted to a
wheelchair and reliant on wife Linda for all of life’s
trivial challenges, he isn’t a quitter. In fact, he’s
always found a way to get things done.
As the first Executive Director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation in
1963 (see our January/February 1963 cover here), Bare was instrumental
in setting the solid footing on which USA Gymnastics sits today. More
recently, he’s had a similar impact on the International Gymnastics Hall
of Fame, for which he is Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Bare is also a painter, and his art has helped his mind remain active as
his limbs have gradually shut down. One
of his acrylic paintings was selected for the
November/December 2007 cover of Quest
magazine, which is published by the
Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“I meet with the MDA medical staff
once every six months,” says Bare, the
1952 NCAA pommel horse champion
(Illinois). “During one of those exams I
mentioned that I enjoyed painting, and
one of their representatives asked if I would
submit several photos of paintings.”
To Bare’s surprise, his “Cello
Player” was chosen for the magazine cover and for inclusion in
a 2008 calendar. “I was surprised to learn it was used in
both places,” says Bare, 77, who
lives in Mesquite, Nev. “MDA
has a collection of some 350
paintings, which they send
around as a traveling exhibition
to illustrate that, even after
being stricken with a devastating disease, one can still continue in such areas as art and still
Bare says that even painting has become more difficult as his condition
progresses. “But with Linda’s help, I attempt to continue,” he says.
IBM has no known cause, no treatment and no cure, yet it has been
unable to affect Bare’s engaging spirit or sense of humor. “I feel wonderful,” he says. “I simply can’t do anything by myself.”
Except for one thing: He continues to be an inspiration to others.
—Dwight Normile/IG Editor