Re: Kerri Strug (fwd)
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 3 Aug 1996 23:30:12 -0400
On Sat, 3 Aug 1996, John Pannell wrote:
> Just as an aside...
> There was great concern amongst the powers that be in gymnastics about the
> age of women gymnasts. Therefore, in all future Olympics female gymnasts
> must be at least sixteen years old. While that sounds terribly young
> consider that in past games fourteen year old gymnasts were not uncommon.
> IMO, this is a good change.
I certainly agree with that. I find it odd that a 17-yr-old "woman"
gymnast is considered almost too old, while a 20-yr-old "man" gymnast is
referred to as young ... especially given that women live longer, on
average, then men.
> As for their size... I am told my mother was *just* over 100# when I was
That's fine, if you're not 5 ft-4. To be 5 ft-4 and weigh under 100
pounds, TODAY, is edging on malnutrition. 100 pounds is the maximum
"approved" weight for the 4 ft-11 female. (I'm not overweight, I'm
under-tall). Right after WW II, "tall" for a woman was 5 ft-7; today
it's 5-9. (Sorry, non-Yanks, I don't know for sure what these numbers
are in metric -- 100 pounds, probably about 45 kilos; 5 ft maybe a meter
& a half?)
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