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Monday, September 27, 2010

This really wasn't that long ago, when you think about it.

This is what elite gymnastics looked like in the early '70s.  To put it in perspective, this routine is roughly comparable to today's level 8; it wouldn't be difficult to find any number of 9 or 10 year olds that could easily match Linda Metheny (who is about 24 or 25 and a repeat national champion in this clip) for difficulty. 


It should be noted, she's on the same kind of Nissen fold-out mat that I learned on (it was an antique by then, thank you very much)...a significant disadvantage compared to today's floors, which are a nice little layer cake of carpet on foam on plywood on springs.  




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