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April 17, 1986 | RAY RIPTON, Times Staff Writer
When Stacey Oversier first took up gymnastics in elementary school she found that she was too tall to do some of the routines, particularly tumbling and tricks on the bars. She decided to do something else and was torn between ballet and rhythmic gymnastics, a form of the sport that has only women performers and combines elements of dance and acrobatics. She decided on rhythmic gymnastics and has had great success, making the U. S. national team six times.
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September 14, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
My daughter fell on her face walking home from school and cut her head open. I mention this not because she is a klutz, who had no choice but to become an accountant, but because that day I realized I would never watch my child compete in the Olympics.
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July 28, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Say, just who does Carmit Bachar think she is? She shows up for the Olympic Festival and what does she do? Acts as if she were on vacation. True, there have been those tedious 2 1/2-hour training sessions each day. But that's it. Here in Texas, there are no dance classes, no auditions, no work. Others might fear tonight's rhythmic gymnastics finals as a rigorous competition. Let them. Bachar (pronounced Car-meet Ba-CAR) is too busy enjoying herself. Let the medals fall where they may.
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October 3, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
Mother still knows best. After giving up three home runs in one inning, Minnesota Twin pitcher Greg Hansell remembered to call his mother to wish her a happy birthday. For that he got a scolding. "Shame on you!" she said. "I saw you on TV, and you used the F-word." Then there's the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, whose mother chips at him constantly when she sees him chewing tobacco on TV.
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July 29, 1986 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Masha Kacan, hands on hips and hair perched in tight bun on top of her head, is nodding, nodding as Marina Kunyavsky is tossing plastic clubs high into the air and not catching them. Kunyavsky is not catching much, except a little hell from her coaches Monday night at a rhythmic gymnastics practice session at the Summit. Kunyavsky is the sport's defending national all-around champion, and this is just the U.S. Olympic Festival, but nothing is to be shrugged off.
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April 16, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
The words painted on the gym wall said "El Segundo High School," but the scene looked more like one for an ABC-TV "Up Close and Personal" on American rhythmic gymnasts. Ten little girls, with names such as Irina and Marina, were leaping and tumbling across a huge mat, tossing ropes and hoops and ribbons 30 feet up to the rafters, trying to catch them on the fly. All the girls, all the ribbons, all the hoops--all at the same time.
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April 1, 1988 | IRENE GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
Five times a week a group of petite, somewhat twig-like girls meets at Studio West in Rolling Hills. Attired in fancy leotards and colorful tights, the girls use graceful ballet movements to warm up. They then perform acrobatic routines while waving colorful ribbons, jumping through a hoop or balancing a ball. The girls who leap, roll and dance to music are part of the West Coast Waves rhythmic gymnastics team.
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July 24, 1987 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
For the absolutely last and final time, the answer is no. No, Irina Rubenshtein does not think of herself as a Soviet citizen. No, she did not get her start in gymnastics in the Soviet Union. No, she would not see a victory over a Soviet gymnast as personal vindication. She would see it as a personal triumph. Plain and simple. In other words, please, one and all, get off the Soviet kick.
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August 9, 1992
Alexandra Timoshenko, a Ukrainian competing for the Commonwealth of Independent States, approached perfection when she won the Olympic gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics Saturday. Timoshenko had marks of 9.95 in three of the four events and added a 9.7 to score 39.55 in the second phase of the competition. Her total of 59.037 points enabled her to turn back Carolina Gracia of Spain, who got the silver at 58.10. World champion Oksana Skaldina, another Ukrainian, took the bronze with 57.912.
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July 23, 1986 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Irina Rubinshtein is on a diet. At 5-4, 103 pounds, some might say she is already fashionably slim, but not Irina. The 16-year-old's fashion standards aren't based on Madonna, MTV or even boys. They're set by elfin girls named Marina and Galina who move like quicksilver across a gymnastics floor while they twirl ribbons or juggle pins in a graceful dance routine. "The Bulgarians and the Russians . . . have so much expression, and they're so flexible and thin," groans Rubinshtein.
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August 5, 1996 | Times Wire Services
The air conditioner blew her ribbon away, but it couldn't take the gold from Ukraine's Yekaterina Serebryanskaya. Serebryanskaya's scores in the first three routines were high enough to give her the gold in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around, even with the mistake in her final exercise. "I think I deserve it if I got it," Serebryanskaya said. "All women who do rhythmic gymnastics are queens. But for right now, I've got the gold medal so I think I'm the princess."
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August 3, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Spain upset reigning world champion Bulgaria to win the first Olympic gold medal in rhythmic group gymnastics. The individual competition, meanwhile, pared its field from 37 to 20, and American Jessica Davis did not make the cut. The 18-year-old from San Anselmo, Calif., was 30th. The top 20 advance to today's semifinals, with the best 10 going to Sunday's finals. Russia, which finished between Spain and Bulgaria in the hoop round, won the bronze medal.
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July 28, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Say, just who does Carmit Bachar think she is? She shows up for the Olympic Festival and what does she do? Acts as if she were on vacation. True, there have been those tedious 2 1/2-hour training sessions each day. But that's it. Here in Texas, there are no dance classes, no auditions, no work. Others might fear tonight's rhythmic gymnastics finals as a rigorous competition. Let them. Bachar (pronounced Car-meet Ba-CAR) is too busy enjoying herself. Let the medals fall where they may.
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August 9, 1992
Alexandra Timoshenko, a Ukrainian competing for the Commonwealth of Independent States, approached perfection when she won the Olympic gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics Saturday. Timoshenko had marks of 9.95 in three of the four events and added a 9.7 to score 39.55 in the second phase of the competition. Her total of 59.037 points enabled her to turn back Carolina Gracia of Spain, who got the silver at 58.10. World champion Oksana Skaldina, another Ukrainian, took the bronze with 57.912.
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June 7, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jenifer Lovell of Miami was the overall leader after the first day of the competition in rhythmic gymnastics at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the Baltimore Arena. Lovell, the 1991 national champion, led by 1.15 points over Tamara Levinson of Silver Spring, Md. Bianca Sapetto of San Pedro was third, 0.25 points behind Levinson. The top two finishers after today's final round will represent the U.S. in Barcelona.
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November 6, 1989
World champion Bianka Panova of Bulgaria edged Oksana Kostina of the Soviet Union to win a women's international rhythmic gymnastics exhibition at London.
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May 3, 1990 | KEVIN LINDSEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five South Bay gymnasts are living an adventure they once dreamed of: They have made the U.S. Gymnastics Team and are competing in the 1990 Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championship today through Saturday in Eugene, Ore. For Kasumi Takahashi, 9, of Palos Verdes Estates; Franca Abbatiello, 13, of San Pedro; Lily Garcia, 15, of Carson; Akiko Haramaki, 15, of Palos Verdes Estates, and Christina Hughes, 18, of Rancho Palos Verdes, rhythmic gymnastics has been the focus of their lives for years.
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November 6, 1989
World champion Bianka Panova of Bulgaria edged Oksana Kostina of the Soviet Union to win a women's international rhythmic gymnastics exhibition at London.
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