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The US butterfly factory: Women’s gymnastics steals page from Romania

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Nadia Comaneci received seven perfect scores and three gold medals –  making history with her score of a perfect 10. She won in the uneven bars, the balance beam and the all-around.

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Nadia Comaneci received seven perfect scores and three gold medals – making history with her score of a perfect 10. She won in the uneven bars, the balance beam and the all-around.

(Aug. 15) – The centralized system of bringing the best coaches and gymnasts together led to a cohesion lacking in the individualistic and chaotic U.S. system.

With Romanian defectors at its helm, U.S. women’s gymnastics has been moulded to replicate the Eastern European and Soviet sports system that had incredible success prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Continue reading

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USA Gymnastics ignored underage sexual abuse allegations

The investigation sheds a light on sexual abuse policies in US gymnastics | EFE

The investigation sheds a light on sexual abuse policies in US gymnastics | EFE

An IndyStar investigation reveals how the sports organization was warned of sexual abuses to ahtletes and did nothing.

USA Gymnastics, a U.S.-based Olympic organization, failed to act or notify authorities after years of allegations of sexual abuse suffered by athletes from coaches, according to an investigation by IndyStar. Continue reading

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The Art of Sport and Sport as Art

Sports have a great deal of affinity with art. Sports such as ice skating, ice hockey or tai chi are in themselves very much like artistic spectacles. Traditional activities such as gymnastics and yoga, or more recently, bodybuilding, also combine elements of sport with artistic elements.

The fact that art is so close to sport in some situations is probably related to the nature of sport. The definition of sport establishes the idea of engaging in an activity not only for a routine purpose; for example, not just running to get someplace, but running by choice, for the purpose of maintaining physical fitness.

This is similar to a common vision of aesthetics, which views objects for more than their utility. Similarly, a sport like diving is not valued only as an effective way to avoid obstacles; ability, skill and style also matter.

(Ecured via Cuba Pan Am 2015)

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