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Warren Times-Mirror and Observer, Thursday, February 3, 1972 B-16 Joyous, Bouncy Lot Of Teenagers On United States Gymnastic Team Sukiyaki Sorcery UNIVERSITY PARK. P Blonde ponytail held b> a rit of pink yam. America's t known gymnast practice slipper? stepped nimbi \ mat to the halan 'Now you're uffed in her resin and across a blue re beam going t ee something Marquette, of Cathy Rigby beam makes er You can alwayi decent vault the bars In floo can run a d balance bean With what fluid motion, i the beam leotards as bird flitting t said le person The or brt throw B D roach lance * 'em a f, ten in lance It's the that tests 'em »eemed like one athv was up onto a flash of blue ffortlessly as a a higher branch. A simple leap, straddle and pre handstand had put her in standing position on the 16-foot- long. 4-inch-wide beam of laminated fir 4 feet above the mat-cushioned floor It was Friday and nearby, other teenage female gymnasts who will represent the I’nited Slates in this year's Olympics practiced for a weekend match here at Penn State's Recreation Hall with Japan's celebrated national team The United States National Gymnastic Squad won the women's competition and lost the men s as the two-day match with Japan ended Saturday night. The Japanese men beat the Americans. 286.20 points to 277 90 In the women's events, the Americans, led bv Cathv Rigby, defeated the Japanese. 188 95 to 187.20. At 19. Cathy Rigby of Long Reach. Calif., who won the balance beam and all-round events and tied for second in the floor exercise in the weekend meet, prohably will be the oldest of the six American girls selected to compete in Munich They are a joyous, bouncy lot. some of them as young as 14 and still wearing braces on their teeth They practice as much as seven hours a day. totally committed to a glamorous but relatively neglected sport that combines gym -class sweatiness with daring circus showmanship and ballet elegance They need little or no makeup, and they have just the right amount of curves. "You want all the curves to be there in the right places.” said Mrs Ginnv Coco, women’s coach for the meet here, ‘‘but not at the level Hugh Hefner might want for the Playboy image. Voluptuous girls don't win in gymnastics You want lean, strong girls, the race horse type.” Though only 4 feet 11 inches tall and 98 pounds. Miss Rigby meets the requirement of evenly distributed curves She’s also the team’s most relaxed member, the girl with the minimal fear factor ()n Friday. Cathy won the uneven parallel bars on the opening program, sharing applause from a standing-room crowd of 7.200, including such legendary Japanese stars as Akinori Nakayama. a triple gold medal winner at the 1968 Olympics. Sixth on the balance beam in the Olympics at Mexico City and second in that event at the Ruth Batchelor 's Name Doesn t Make It Easy She is used to bad puns about her name and puts up with them, albeit with clenched teeth She has trouble with her image because if she wears her hair in a fall, she is accused of being a sex symbol and if she wears it short and close cropped, which is comfortable, she is called a lesbian. Being Ruth Batchelor, songwriter, isn't easy. Solving the hair problem was relatively simple. Whe she performs, she wears pigtails, a happy compromise for a girl who comes from California and started her career writing songs for Elvis Presley. Since then she has done the music for three Presley movies; a musical version of Fielding's ‘‘Tom Jones” for CBS. Television; “Who's Afraid of Mother Goose0” A TV special with Sherman Edwards; and composed a raft of songs including the theme from Jacqueline Susann's ‘‘The Love Machine.” It is her most recent accomplishment that she is currently touting. Miss Batchelor has written the music and lyrics, sung and produced a stereo LP record, her first for her newly-formed record company. Femme Records, called “Reviving A Dream,” songs for Women's Liberation “And from now on. if I can, I would prefer to write nothing but songs for women," the slight, dark-haired composer said recently as she sat strumming her guitar in her west side apartment. “I think it’s a great mistake that Women's Lib has become identified with lesbians,” she said. “I think the image is in trouble. If I weren't interested in the movement and heard all those antimen speeches. I'd be turned off too. I'm not anti men.” Among the 10 songs on the record are “Barefoot and Pregnant” (‘‘That's the way my last husband felt about women'*); “The Princess.” A song about women s economic dependency (“We need to know other ways to keep his love we need equal rights and we need to drop the mop.”) and, it follows, one called “Drop the Mop.” TTie first song she thought of for the record was a march. “I felt that N O W. (National Organization for Women) needed a march of it sown, "she said earnestly. “A march turns a mob into a parade." She is a member of NOW. and makes a donation to the organization for each record she sells via mail order < $5) F D R. Station. N Y. 10022. The record from Femme Records, P O Box 548, is also available at Doubleday Stores. Perhaps the most feeling of her songs is called “What's Gonna Happen,” which she sings in a small voice with echoes of Western music to a guitar accompaniment. The difference between the aging of men and women in today’s society is its subject. Now that the record is a fait accompli (it was recently bought by the Record Club of .America to be offered to its 2.5 million members), she is busy whipping up others. “On Sunday, I wrote a great song about rape,” she reported, singing a few choruses. ‘‘Men always think it is the woman’s fault.” She also rewrote the Lord’s Prayer (‘‘Nothing blasphemous, I just changed it to a woman”). The aim of the game is to get the Women's Liberation message across, said the divorced mother of two teenage sons. “It’s what I tried to say in the lyrics for “The Princess," she said. “If you’re pretty, you’ll get a husband, and he’ll take care of you for the rest of your life. That’s the American dream. The only thing is, it isn’t a dream, it's a nightmare.” Because you care about other people’s feelings, because you know how important it is to tell them they’re needed, wanted, loved . . . that’s why we feature Hallmark cards ... the kind that say those important things exactly the way you want them said. Especially for Valentine’s day, Monday, February 14. N. K. WENDELBOE CO. "Your Groting C«rd and Ptrfy Supply Htêdquerteri Sine* 1876" 217'Ubwry St. 723-3330 Worn. PtMO. 1970 World Championships. Miss Rigby reflects the leaps- and-bounds progress American gymnasts have made in recent years “We’ve hot 10 times as many kids competing in gymnastics as some of the countries that beat us,” said Gene Wettstone of Penn State, the national coach this year. "The trouble is. our kids are scattered all over the place, training under different coaching systems. The other countries trap their best gymnasts." Wettstone sees Japan easily winning its fourth straight Olympic men’s team title at Munich With the Soviet Union second and North Korea third He gives the United States men an outside chance for fourth, and thinks the women could finish third back of the Soviet Union and East Germany. One of the major reasons is Miss Rigby, who demonstrated her maneuvers on the balance beam in practice on Friday afternoon. First, an aerial walkover, twisting in a slow pinwheel without using the hands Then back handsprings, one-arm walk-overs, a needle scale and a whip handstand, straddling the beam with legs at right angles to the torso before whipping the legs straight into the air with a handstand. Finally, a one and one-half twisting aerial dismount. “Good,” said Marquette, moving over to massage his protege’s neck muscles. Cathy spit delicately on the palms of her hands, rubbed more chalky magnesium into them, scuffed her slippers again with resin. “You have to have it kind of sticky in this game. You can’t afford to slip.” Kim Chace wandered over, a 16-year-old from Palm Beach. Fla., rubbing her swollen finger. “Oh, gross! I think it’s infected. I think there’s pus in it.” The difficulty would not prevent Kim from competing in Friday night’s opening program of the international match. Pain, fear and fatigue are a routine part of the gymnast’s world. “They’re subjected to pain on a daily basis,” said the coach. Mrs. Coco. “They get blisters on their hands, the blood runs out. They pull muscles, rip skin, crunch joints, sprain things. After all, gymnasts have the greatest range of movement in sport." In Mrs. Coco’s opinion, the result is worth the pain. “Gymnastics means grace and beauty and body control. It’s artistic, and the women's events are quite feminine. But we have a cultural problem. Parents would rather have their daughters taking ballet or music lessons. We’ve got to convince them that this is not a joke thing for women.” The women’s events, stressing gracefulness more than sheer strength, are the balance beam, the sidehorse, the uneven parallel bars and the floor exercises that combine tumbling and dance The men. required to demonstrate considerable strength as well as coordination, compete in the sidehorse, floor exercises, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar. Every gymnast must take part in every event. and there is a special all-round title for the highest combined scorer. “Girl gymnasts show much more personality variations than the men,” said Dr. Joseph Massino, the team’s psychologist. A good home cooked meal has charmed many a reluctant suitor throughout the ages and is just as irresistible to modern males today. So for young women bent on cooking some bachelor’s goose this Leap Year, here’s an assist. It’s a simple, quick-to-fix yet impressive company dish of Japanese ancestry designed to satisfy the inner man and dazzle him too. Sukiyaki Sorcery is made with round steak and vegetables, thinly sliced in the Oriental manner, and combined with a subtly seasoned sauce easily made with an envelope of auji* gravy mix. If you own an electric skillet, assemble the ingredients in pretty bowls and prepare the dish at the table— it’s an attractive way to show off vour culinary skill. Rice is the traditional go- along and Sunny Rice, with prepared yellow mustard added for zest and color, is especially complementary. Top off the meal with lemon sherbet adorned with mandarin orange slices and of course, cups of tea. 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