The stomach crunching move was a popular move in the 70’s and into the 80’s, but with moves getting more and more technical, it looks a little outdated against some of the two hand release while ordering an expresso move that we see alot of today.
I enjoy gymnastics greatly, though since the last Olympics, I haven’t really been into it that much. I blame Kerry Shrug :)Actually, I blame the media for poisoning the event with picking a hero before the damn games even begin…grumble.
If you get a chance to watch a video, always shown in conjunction with Gymnastic events, it’s called something like, " The History of Gymnastics." I think there are now three volumes. I have the first one which is from the introduction of gymnastic in the 1960 (?) Olympics.
It’s a total hoot to watch this teenage athlete with a beehive hairdo do not so much a tumbling run on the floor, but a lame dance interpretation. Even out of shape, I could probably do most of the girls moves then, sans beehive. The uneven bar routine was very choppy with the girls stopping from the low bar to stand up and grabbing the high bar to continue on. It wasn’t until some Slovic/German (?) gymnast in a late 60’s competition introduced the free flowing movement with no hesitations that we are familiar with today. ( She received low marks because no one had ever done something like that before.) It was Olga and Nadia that changed the focus and energy levels of this sport entirely. The history is excellent and goes all the way through to the mid eighties. It’s about 90 minutes long. If I had a disposable income, I’d buy the other two tapes. ( Mid eighties onward) It also covers briefly the mens gymnastic team too, but, I mean, who cares about those guys
Also, for skating fans, there is a “Memories on Ice” which is now in several volumes and covers the beginning of ice skating
( Women’s, mens and pairs)in the olympics to the end of the 1980’s. The only downer for the tape is that the commentator is Dick Buttons and he is a condescending prick at times.