15 YEARS AGO
WE got a rare smile out of Romanian Lavinia Milosovici
for our January 1997 cover, which
included a farewell feature on her
career. In that story, Milosovici suc-
cinctly explained her often serious
demeanor: “I’m not
used to being happy
in the gym, but that
doesn’t mean I don’t
like the sport. I love
She said as
much again last
May, when she was
inducted into the International
Gymnastics Hall of Fame: “I realize
that everything I have done and I am
today was because of the sport that
THOMAS SCHRE YER
The issue also included a revealing interview with the mother of a
Level 10, who said, “The perception
of what goes on [in the gym] is
grossly controlled by what an individual child says to her parents. And
I really feel very strongly that a
coach’s lot is a very difficult one.”
3 American Cup (AA)
New York, N. Y.
22-25 Tournament of Masters (App.)
28-30 Challenge Cup (App.)
31 Stella Zakharova Cup
THERE’S AN EASIER WAY: It appears as if this Romanian trio is
helping one of its members get her split, but it’s all part of the routine at
the recent Junior European Aerobics Championships in Bucharest.
7-8 World Cup (App.)
Zibo City, China
11-14 11th African Championships
14-15 Tokyo Cup (AA)
19-21 NCAA Championships (M)
20-22 NCAA Championships (W)
5Number of four-year terms Bruno Grandi will have served
should he get re-elect-ed as FIG President in October.
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NEW WOMEN’S ELEMENTS
Nine skills submitted at the 2011 World Championships
Five skills on uneven bars, three on balance beam and one on floor
exercise, and each demonstrated by its creator.
What’s with the hair?
Didn’t you say
I should be more
1997 World Championships (balance beam)
Exotically extraordinary, Elvire created two “Tezas” on beam—
sideways Yang Bo; full-twisting Yurchenko loop—in one amazing routine.
VASILEIOS TSOLAKIDIS 2011 Worlds (parallel bars) Using the best front uprise in the world, this Greek p-bar god swings one of the most unique routines ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqO2M2agjzA
MARIA GOROKHOVSKAYA 1952 Olympics (uneven bars) This Soviet great won the all-around gold and four apparatus silvers in Helsinki. This routine, in particular, is very entertaining. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlqeZQRNySY&feature
What it was before and what
it is now, it’s like chalk and cheese.
For safety reasons, the FIG needs to consider limiting the number
and type of roll-out skills on floor exercise.