GYMN-L Digest - 31 Oct 1995

There are 11 messages totalling 281 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Age Requirements
  2. Q re Chinese training techniques (women)
  3. Jenni and Doni Thompson. (2)
  4. Brandy Johnson
  5. Pre-Olympics
  6. Moceanu, Olympics, older gymnasts
  7. Honeywell Invitation International
  8. Canada
  9. Atlanta Invitational
 10. American Delegations


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 16:38:55 -0600
Subject: Age Requirements

Date sent:  31-OCT-1995 16:37:09

Minimum age right now is 15, with an athlete required to turn
15 during the year in which she is competing (ie, must turn 15
in 1996 to be eligible for Atlanta). The minimum age after Atlanta
will be raised to 16. As for young Americans, Mina Kim of Dynamo is
15 days short of qualifying for Atlanta, her birthday is Jan. 15.


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 18:13:07 -0500
Subject: Q re Chinese training techniques (women)

Anyone know what the Chinese women started doing differently in
training to eliminate the old power problem on vault & floor?
Or anything else distinctive about their training system? (since
it certainly seems to be producing some terrific results!)


Date:    Wed, 1 Nov 1995 10:00:00 +1100
From:    ***@A2.ABC.NET.AU
Subject: Jenni and Doni Thompson.

    Someone just mentioned that both Jennie and Doni Thompson will be old
    enough for Atlanta.

    Are they sisters, twins..?? I've seen Jennie compete at Junior
    Pacific Alliance in Canberra last January (or was it the year
    before?), and I thought she was fantastic - a real little dynamo. Do
    they look alike, and are their styles of gymnastics similar? Are
    either likely to make the team for Atlanta?



Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 18:08:20 EST
Subject: Brandy Johnson

     I don't know Ms. Johnson's everyday work, but she has been coaching
     each Thanksgiving at a clinic near New York City. (International
     Gymnastics in PA. hosts this clinic annually. It's only about 1 1/2
     hours drive from Brooklyn.) My daughter has gone there for the last
     three years. I remember seeing Brandy at the last two, (she
     autographed posters last year) and she is listed in the program for
     this year. It takes place on Friday and Saturday Nov. 24-25.


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 18:51:45 -0600
Subject: Pre-Olympics

I have not heard ANYTHING from IBM about who will be competing. The announce
ment can probably be read at the Atlanta Olympics Homepage that is up by
IBM. It can be reached at:


Just look under the recent annoucements icon.

Rhonda *PROMISED ME* that she will put something up there by the end of the
week. They are just worried about announcing who will be there and then
have to change it do to people being pulled out for injury, etc. They have
a list of the foreign competitors already, but won;t post due to the
same reason. (One has already been injured- a male gymnast).


forgive my typing and homophone problems................


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 19:00:15 -0500
Subject: Moceanu, Olympics, older gymnasts

I personally like her floor routine.  It is very cute and goes with her
personality.  This is her first routine for Senior competing, I'm sure
she will eventually move into classical style music like the others.  Her
music will be well liked in Atalanta...USA.  The Twist will always be a
Does anyone know what her full twisting chusonova (sp?) is worth.  I
really like it at the end of her routine.  I'm sure she will only get
better with age...I think she will definately be an Atlanta favorite, of
course so will Khorkina, Pod, Miller, Huilan...I think the US will
challenge strongly for the Silver...I expect them to do extremely well
with their veterans and new comers.  Wouldn't it be great to see
Dominique Dawes on the awards podium, since this is most likely her last
Olympics...same goes for Strug and Miller.
I think the future is looking brighter for those women who wish to
compete longer.  With exhibitions and tours, I am sure we will see women
stay in elite gymnastics longer.  Maybe one day it will be like figure
skating, a great variety in ages and professional posibilities.


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 23:45:05 GMT
Subject: Honeywell Invitation International

Result of Competition held in Bracknell, UK

Team Event:
1 US Select 147.7
2 Heathrow GC 141.175
3 GB 1 141.050
4 KTG Germany 138.5
5 City of Liverpool 137.525
6 German Nat. Junior Squad 136.9

1 K. Teft (US Select) 38.525
2 N. Ziehfreund (KTG) 36.90
3 K. Lichey (US Select) 36.45
4 J. Cuff (Heathrow) 36.325
5 R. Phelps (US Select) 36.125
6 A. Acklam (Camberley) 36.00

* I believe Camberley GC hosted the invitational.
* Heathrow GC are UK club champions. Natalia Ilienko ('81 FX WC) is among
their coaches.
* It seems Katie Teft isn't as injury-struck as some recent GYMN posts have
had her.


P.S. My mailbox suicided about four days ago, and I lost everything for the
past three/four weeks. Anyone who has mailed me recently, esp. in response to
my recent posts, and never got a reply is very welcome to re-send. Apologies
to all.


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 19:57:16 -0500
From:    ***@STYX.IOS.COM
Subject: Re: Jenni and Doni Thompson.

>     Someone just mentioned that both Jennie and Doni Thompson will be old
>     enough for Atlanta.
>     Are they sisters, twins..??

They are in no way related.

>     Do they look alike, and are their styles of gymnastics similar? Are
>     either likely to make the team for Atlanta?
>     Ruth.

The only thing they have in common is blonde hair.  Jennie trains at
Dynamo and Doni at Colorado Aerials.  We haven't seen Jennie for a while
because she has been injured.  Both have a chance to make the team, but
only time will tell.



Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 20:04:36 -0400
Subject: Re: Canada

>        Here's a question mainly for the Canadian GYMNers (but anyone
>with an answer or opinion please reply).  What effect if any would there
>have been if any had Quebec succeeded in breaking away?  I don't really
>follow Canadian gymnastics.  Is there a certain area most gymnasts come from?

Quebec on its own has a quality gymnastics federation, strong clubs and
coaching, and some good female gymnasts.  I haven't seen any top male
athletes recently, though.  As an independent country, Quebec wouldn't do
any better than Canada right now.

The only member of the Canadian team at Worlds from Quebec was Marilou

The mainstream gymnastics clubs are concentrated in the Toronto, Ontario area.
Kris Burley, the current men's champion comes from Nova Scotia and now trains
north of Toronto.

One or two of the junior men train at Ottawa Gymnastics Centre but live on
the Quebec side, which is just across the river.  There have been a lot of
"live here, work there" and vice-versa concerns.

BTW, the referendum came out 50.6% NO and 49.4% YES (or was that 50.4 and
49.6?).  So Quebec stays, for now.  And separatist party leader Jacques
Parizeau disgracefully resigned this afternoon.  Oh well...

Back to Gymn,... there is a junior men's dual meet this Saturday, November
4, between Canada and USA.  The meet is in Montreal.  I've been invited to




Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 20:11:38 -0500
From:    ***@UMICH.EDU
Subject: Atlanta Invitational

For those who are interested Dominique M. will be at the Atlanta
Invitational. She has already committed.  The second female is not know.
The men will feature Blaine Wilson and M. Baigui?  This was from the
Olympic Weekly section that is featured in the Atlanta Journal and
Constitutional.  I think it was October 25 or 26.

It pays to be a student and have access to papers from all over the
world.  ( I had to say that) 6


Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 1995 19:36:35 -0400
Subject: Re: American Delegations

Emily wrote:
>Hi, I missed some posts switching computers because I came home for a few
>days after midterms:-)  Anyway, I was wondering if the American womens
>delegations to Subway and the pre-Olympics had been announced yet.  Sorry if
>this has been asked/posted already.  Also, what are the dates of these
>competitions?  TV schedule for the pre-Olympics?

The Subway World Gymnastics Challenge will be on Sunday November 12, 1995.
The American women are not confirmed, but USA Gymnastics have tentatively
assigned Vanessa Atler and Alexis Brion to the competition.  There may be some
issue about them being juniors, which is why they are not confirmed.

Does anyone have some profiles and/or photos of these young ladies for my page?
I've only seen them on TV once this summer (US Olympic Festival?).  They
seem talented.

World Champion Lilia Podkopayeva is now confirmed by the Ukranian Olympic
association for Subway.  She is the only Ukranian in the meet.  She
competed here in last year's Challenge.

I'll be updating my constantly-updated web page,



End of GYMN-L Digest - 31 Oct 1995