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Page Eight


Thursday, January 29, 1970

Page. Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, January 29, 1970

Gym nas
There are two breeds of gym-
nast: the specialist who per-
forms in his one strong event
and the all-arounder who must
be able to compete in all six
Olympic events. Then there is
Wolverine captain Ron Rapper.
"I'm an all-around man," he
says. "After all, I'm all around
the parallel bars - on top of
them, underneath them, next
to them."
Rapper's description of him-
self is no exaggeration. He is
an expert on his specialty. In
his four meets so far this year,
he has walked away with first
place honors in the parallel bar
competition. His low score was
a 9.2, out of a possible 10.0.
As if this is not enough, Rap-
per is busy perfecting a n e w
move. He finishes off his rou-
tine by doing a one arm hand
stand ,then turning and doing
a pirouette. He has been work-
ing on the move since Septem-
ber and first tried it under met
conditions a g a i n s t Eastern
It is too early to tell how much
this move will affect Rapper's
scores. He hopes that in close

t parlays
meets that the difficulty of it
will influence the judges to grant
him the lienancy points allowed
for a risk move.
Rapper got his start in gym-
nastics and on the parallel bars
when he was a high school fresh-
man in Skokie, Illinois. His gym
teacher told the class that any-
one who could do a hand stand
for three seconds would get an
A. Figuring that g y m was as
good a class as any to ace, Rap-
per set to work. He mastered the
hand stand, tried out for and
made the gymnastics team and
by graduation time had attract-
ed several college offers.
Rapper never regretted being
a specialist until this year be-
cause, "If you're not an all-
arounder it's all over when you.
graduate from college."
Rapper considers himself
"just about the most supersti-
tious gymnast in the country".
Like many other athletes he
must put his uniform on in a
certain way and go through a
particular warm up routine but
"I have many other supersti-
tions that I can't even talk
about until the season is over."
One of his specialities is sneak-
ing into the dressing room to
eat a five cent Hershey w it h
nuts before each meet. He began
the tradition in high school and
after experimenting with differ-
ent candy bars found that that
particular brand had the best
results. To protect himself from
NHL Standings

candy bars into victory

practical joking teammates he
buys his candy bars in 1 a r g e
boxes and stores them in his
Although Rapper feels that at
times his sport gets an unduly
small amount of attention from
the students, he likes to think
that it is one of the fastest
growing sports on campus.
"Gymnastics is different from
other sports .There is no phy-
sical contact and you can't do
too much yelling at a meet.
There's a lot of tension but it
isn't the same as in a contact
sport." .
Because gymnastics is an in-
dividual more than a team sport
it involves competition between"
members o fthe same squad and
against the opposing team. Ac-
cording to Rapper, "That sense
of rivalry is the only thing that
keeys a gymnast going. Having
even a friendly rivalry makes us
work harder."
Any competition felt between
teams on the floor is soon for-
gotten off the floor as many of
the gymnasts on opposing teams
know each other from high
school or worked out together dur-
ing the summer. Several mem-
bers of the Iowa- squad which
the Wolverines will face 1 a t e r
this season are past teammates
of Rapper.
This rivalry has little effect
on the relationship between
teammates. In fact, "We're sup-
er close. Most of us met through
gymnastics but now we're good
friends outside too."
Rapper attributes much of the
squad's feelings and success to
Coach Newt Loken. "He's an
amazing individual with a knack
for communicating. He's an in-
spiration for the whole team.
Because of him we really want
to win the national champion-
ship this year."
With Ron Rapper pointed in
that direction, his competition
had better look out.


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Eastern Division
New York 26 9 10
(Boston 24 11 10
Montreal 24 11 10
Detroit 22 14 7
Chicago 22 17 5
Toronto 18 19 7
Western Division
St. Louis 22 15 7
Philadelphia 12 17 16
Minnesota 10 19 14
Pittsburgh 13 24 7
Oakland 12 26 8$
Los Angeles 8 31 5


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Ron Rapper
S. Africa denies Ashe visa
Seattle gets nine da reprieve
By The Associated Press
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Arthur Ashe, American Negro
tennis star, was refused a visa yesterday to compete in South Africa,
triggering a new wave of biting opinion against the country's racial
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Already banned from the Olympic Games and six other inter-
national sports, South Africa's refusal to issue a visa so Ashe could
compete in the South African Open Tennis Championship in March
could result in expulsion from Davis Cup tennis competition.
The decision to refuse Ashe a visa was announced by Sports
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At a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa, prior to competing
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that the visa was refused.
"I thought I was doing South Africa a favor," he said. "I've ,
bent over backwards to be nice to them-to the extent that some of
the black militants back home think I'm nuts.
* * * *
* BERKELEY, Calif. - A Seattle group has told American
League officials meeting here that it expects to raise the $9 million
needed to keep the Pilots baseball team in Seattle, league president
Joe Cronin said yesterday.
"Eddie Carlson has indicated he is preparing a financial struc-
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said in announcing recess of the meeting until no later than Feb. 6.
Carlson said he told league officials and owners, "I think I can
raise the money."
American League owners yesterday gave Seattle interests nine
more days to come up with the financing needed to keep the Pilots
baseball club in Seattle.

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