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Wesley Reyes
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Young Gymnasts Naked

In arenas today, gymnasts compete on a series of what are called apparatuses: both men and women do a tumbling routine, called a floor exercise, and launch themselves off a vault. But their other events are different. Men compete in a total of six: the floor, the vault, the pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Women compete in just four, with the balance beam and uneven bars added to the floor and vault.

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But it was redesigned two decades ago after horrific injuries in the 1980s and 1990s as gymnasts started trying more risky maneuvers: American Julissa Gomez was paralyzed in a vaulting accident in 1988 and died three years later. A decade later, Chinese gymnast Sang Lan fell, broke her neck and was paralyzed.

Collecting illustrated books on sports has never been a priority at Cotsen, but the research collection contains a wealth of material about the history of physical culture since the late 18th century. But I had no idea how many until I started researching this post, which describes a sample of books and prints from Europe and the Far East. They reveal a great deal about what kinds of activities were considered beneficial for young people, expectations for boys versus girls, attitudes towards display of individual bodies and collective identity, and the different conventions for representing athletic prowess.

The frontispiece of Calisthenie ou Gymnastique des jeunes filles shows girls performing a popular activity that went by the name of flying or giant steps. It was also recommended for boys and would have provided quite an upper body workout. The second plate shows wand exercises, which if less strenuous that running around the pole, would have helped to keep shoulders flexible and limber. The third plate shows a young lady taking a little hop to mount the horizontal bar.

Washington, Sep 15 (EFE).- Olympic champion Simone Biles on Wednesday publicly forced the United States to question the system that allowed Larry Nassar to use his position as the doctor for the national Olympic gymnastics team to sexually abuse her and hundreds of other young athletes for years.

Her voice breaking with emotion, Biles called for accountability from top officials with the USA Gymnastics federation, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the FBI for allowing Nasser to continue abusing gymnasts despite complaints that had been filed against him.

That investigation revealed that in 2015 while the gymnasts were complaining about the abuse, the head of the Indianapolis FBI office, Jay Abbott, now retired, was in communication with the then-president of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, about a job on the Olympic Committee, something that finally did not crystalize.

The hearing is part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable after multiple missteps in investigating the case, including the delays that allowed the now-imprisoned Nassar to abuse other young gymnasts. All four witnesses said they knew girls or women who were molested by Nassar after the FBI had been made aware of allegations against him in 2015. 041b061a72


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