IN the spirit of the late IG publisher Glenn Sundby, who made it a habit of doing “happy” handstands around the world, IG received this excellent
photo of Craig Tetrault, a former Southern Connecticut gymnast who now
coaches at Paragon Gymnastics in Fredericksburg, Va. Tetrault inverted
himself several times over the summer while traveling in Europe, and this
particular shot was taken near the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.
2004 Olympic champion Paul Hamm traveled with three other Olympians on the Olympic Heroes Tour, which visited troops in Iraq and Kuwait in August. Hamm is shown here
doing a handstand with Army Captain Smoose, who obviously has had some gymnastics training. “They were really excited to see us,” said Hamm, adding that “a lot of them wanted
to know about general workout tips.” And while he knows
how it feels to represent one’s country as an athlete, Hamm
said it’s quite different for those he met on the trip. “I’m not
risking my life the way those people are over there,” he told
IG. “Seeing [that] was pretty substantial to me.”
IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? Gymnasts from the
Arun Gymnastics Club pose on Great Britain’s
“longest bench,” which decorates the beachfront
in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The design of
the 324-meter structure allows for further
growth, but as is, could this be the inspiration
for a new gymnastics event?
Nadia Pays a Visit
In August, 1976 Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci
(in back) visited the Romanian national team at the
Izvorani Olympic complex in Bucharest. Back (l-r):
Sandra Izbasa, Cerasela Patrascu, Ana Porgras,
Raluca Haidu, Diana Chelaru, Diana Trenca,
Amelia Racea, Daniela Andrei, Gabriela Dragoi.
Front (l-r): Madalina Neagu, Larisa Iordache,
Diana Bulimar, Tatiana Giamparoi, Diana Rusu.