Happy National Gymnastics Day!
Posted September 13, 2008on:
It’s National Gymnastics Day and clubs around the country are having free events to get more young people interested in gymnastics!
International Gymnast took the opportunity to publish a great article about Frank Bare, the first president of USA Gymnastics (then the U.S. Gymnastics Federation).
As this article points out, Bare took only seven years to get the fledgling USGF, which was formed in opposition to the AAU, which then controlled gymnastics in the United States, to replace the AAU as the official representative body of U.S. gymnastics to FIG. Pretty impressive.
With the exception of Bela Karolyi, who reformed the way Americans thought about gymnastics training, Bare has arguably had more influence on the way this sport is organized in this country than anyone. (Note that he is still the chairman of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, and was himself inducted in 1999.)