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U.S. Olympians Saddled
With Three-Way Loss

Gym Men Face Iowa Hurdle

INNSBRUCK, Austria W) -
America met disaster on three
fronts in the Winter Olympic
Games yesterday when Jean Sau-
bert finished far back of a trio
of flying Austrians in the ladies'
downhill ski race, a Yankee bob-
sled cracked up on the crumbling
Igls chute and three members of
the U.S. squad ran afoul of the
The U.S. morale, already shaken
shaken by a series of- disappoint-
ments in competition, was jarred,
when two tobogganists and a skier
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were arrested on charges of steal-
ing a car and disturbing the peace.
These early morning high jinx
and subsequent unfavorable re-
sults took some of the edge off the
ninth day of the games, featured
by a sweep of the Austrian frau-
leins in the ladies' downhill and a
near tragic accident of Larry Mc-
Killip's U.S. sled on the bobsled.
McKillip's four-man sled hi; a
rut and cracked its steering wheel
during a training dash and only
the quick-thinking and steel
nerves of the steersman from Sar-
anac Lake, N.Y., prevented a ser-
ious mishap.
Miss Saubert of Lakeview, Ore.,
finished a disappointing 26th in
the 1.6-mile ladies' downhill test
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"On paper Iowa could beat us."
This is the cautious comment of
Gymnastics Coach Newt Loken in
speculating about tomorrow's meet
with Iowa and Illinois at Cham-
paign. The Hawkeyes are loaded
with talent in the person of George
Hery, Glenn Gailis, Elliott Pearl,
and Bill Sayre.
These four athletes are all prov-
en standouts in their various for-
tes. Hery, a 26-year-old California
product, is a serious challenger for
the national title in both floor ex-
ercise and trampoline. He will give
Fred Sanders and Gary Erwin a
real challenge in the bouncing
event and Mike Henderson will
have trouble in the free ex.
Glenn Gailis is good in every-
thing and competes in just about
every event in the meet. Pearl is
superb on the still rings. His scores
have been well into the nineties in
his last few meets which means he
should be tops in this category.
Bill Sayre's special strength is the
The Illini are not notably strong
Russ Maintain.
Olympic Lead
INNSBRUCK, Austria (P) - The
medal standings in the ninth Win-
ter Olympics after the ninth day
of competition:

this season. To make matters
worse for them they lost their fin-
est gymnast Bill Silhan because
of an injured knee. Their best men
are Bill Polaski in free ex and
tumbling, Llewelyn Ifland on the
tramp and Don Ballou on the high'
bar. None are expected to be too
close to first place.
So the meet really shapes up as
a preview of the Big Ten cham-
pionship with Iowa and Michigan
the chief protagonists..Arno Las-
cari, captain of the Wolverines,
will not compete because of a still
sore elbow. Rich Blanton, the tal-
ented sophomore from Denver, is
lost for the season with a muscle
tear in the upper arm.
This puts a considerable burden
on the other sophomores who have
shown quite well in meets thus

far. John Cashman has consistent-
ly scored around 90 on the high
bar. Ned Duke has looked good on
the rings and parallel bars, and
Nakamura First
Nakamura Co-op captured
the I-M 880-yard relay title
last night with a time of 1:44.0.
In the residence halls and social
fraternity, divisions four teams
qualified for the finals to be
held during the Michigan-In-
diana-Notre Dame triangular
meet Feb. 14.
Dave Brod has come on very
quickly in tumbling. The sophs
must come through if Michigan is
to win the meet.

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A dual swimming meet against
ichigan State in which Coach
is Stager contends every sin-
eone of the 11 events will be
ucial is on tap for Saturday
ternoon at 3 p.m. in the Matt
Ann Pool.
Stager has figured out that with
few breaks the Spartans could
11 a five-point upset. On the
her hand Michigan could pos-
ily win by a substantial victory.
Michigan State will be gunning
r only its fourth, victory in 41
tempts against Michigan. The
>artans have not beaten the Wol-
rines since 1956 and Stager has
i 8-1 record over Coach Charles
cCaffree in the series.
Michigan enters the meet with
2-1 dual meet record while
ichigan State boasts a 3-1 sea-
a* mark. The Wolverines have
len to defending Big Ten cham-
on Indiana and the Spartans
ye lost to powerful Minnesota.
To start off Stager figures the
olverines for a 'first place in
t medley relay and the Spartans
r a first in the freestyle relay.
this prediction holds up, the
ne individual events will decide
e outcome of the meet.
Sophs Pitted
The second event on the pro-
am should be one of the most
teresting. It will pit two sopho-
ores, Michigan's Bill Farley and
ate's Jim MacMillan, against
eh other in the 200-yard free-
MacMillan swam a 1:48.0, a
innesota pool record, in winning
t event last Saturday. Farley
t a varsity and pool record of

1:47.9 against Princeton last Sat-
Stager said that Farley would
be favored to win but that it
wouldn't be much of an upset if
MacMillan won. He commented,
"Bill has the edge experience-wise.
He has a clock in his head. He al-
ways knows exactly how fast he's
going. He knows he'll have to do
better than a 1:48.0 to beat Mac-
"The way I look at it MacMillan
has to swim a race to beat Bill
and not the other way around.j
There are two ways MacMillan

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can swim the race. He can go out
the first 100 in around 51 and
then try to finish as fast as he
can. If he does this, I think Bill
will keep right along with the first
100 and then keep on top of him
the rest of the way.
"Or MacMillan could go out the
first 100 yards in around 54. If
MacMillan swims like this, I think
Bill will carry the pace. He's too
smart to get tricked into starting
off this slow."
Holds Ace
Much of the uncertainty about
the meet stems from the fact that
MacCaffrrey can swim his ace,
junior Dick Gretzinger; in - just
about any event he chooses. Gret-
zinger would be favored to win
the individual medley over Lanny
Reppert and Geoff D'Atri if he
entered this event.
Or, if Gretzinger entered either,
the 200-yard backstroke or the!
500-yard freestyle ne would be
expected to take a second place.
Stager thinks that he might be,
entered in the backstroke event to
prevent a possible slam by Michi-
gan's Ed Bartsch and D'Atri.
"They can't afford to give us an
eight point advantage by being
shut out of the first two places in
any race," Stager said.
But if Gretzinger breaks up
Michigan's slam in the backstroke,
he won't be able to swim in the
next event, the 500-yard free-
style. This would leave the way
open for a possible Wolverine
slam in this event with Farley,
and either Tom Dudley or Jeff
However, Spartan senior Neil
Watts could be put in the 500
with a chance to take second
place. He has done a 5:10.8 time
this season, very close to the
clockings posted by Dudley and
In the 200-yard butterfly, Mich-
igan's Jeff Moore and State's Ter-
ry Hagen are both around the
two-minute mark. But Spartan
Chuck Strong is also a chAllenger.
Moore could finish anywhere from
first to third.

r by Mike Block
A Change for a Change
In these days of the National Football League adamantly sticking
to its antiquated tie rule and major league baseball games dragging
on into the dusk, it's refreshening to find, a sport which is willing
to make a rule change in order to better itself. Recently, such a
sport has been gymnastics, or at least that portion of it as performed
in the Big Ten.
In the interim between last year's gymnastics season and
the current campaign, the Big Ten coaches got together, and the
majority of them decided that the prevalent system of scoring
gym meets was faulty. Under that system, the four judges pre-
siding over the meet ranked each gymnast's performance from
one to 10 points. Then the top and bottom scores were discarded
and the middle two averaged to give his final score, which was
then compared with the scores of his competitors.
According to Newt Loken, Michigan's gym coach, who has en-
gineered the Wolverines to three straight Big Ten championships
and the 1963 NCAA title, the conference coaches decided to adopt
a new system formulated by George Bauer, the mentor of Wiscon-
sin's gym squad. "It was decided that the old system was too sub-
jective," said Loken. "In Bauer's system, each judge evaluates a
different aspect of a gymnast's routine-in a sense he becomes an
authority on a definite facet of the sport. He doesn't just watch the
man perform and give a single decision based on the entire routine."
Complications Arise .. .
The new system is more complicated than the old one, but is,
as Loken says, more exacting. It involves three methods of evaluating
a performance: composition, difficulty, and execution. The highest
possible scores on each are one, four and five points, respectively,
so that the maximum tally for a gymnast is still 10.
Judge number one is designated to rate the composition of each
gymnast's performance. It has been generally agreed upon that for
each gymnastic event, there are five basic moves which should be
executed by each participant; each one is worth 0.2 points. If a
participant fails to include any of these moves in his routine, he is
penalized accordingly.
The second judge is assigned the job of determining the dif-
ficulty of a performer's routine. The actual computations behind
this judge's score are somewhat involved and won't be detailed
here, but it will suffice to say that each move in a gymnast's
performance is assigned "A," "B," or "C" difficulty, according to
the standards that have been set up for quite some time. The
man's 10 most difficult moves constitute the final difficulty score.
Judges three and four grade the execution, or quality, of the
performance-they don't care about what he does, but how well he
does it. They watch for breaks in form-a bent elbow or knee-or
misses, such as the brush of a leg against the sidehorse. They then
subtract from 0.1 to one point from the maximum of five for each
mistake, and the scores of both judges are averaged.
Trial Season..
"I was a little adverse to this new system at first," remarked the
Wolverine bossman, "but on the basis of the few dual meets we've
had so far, it seems to be working pretty well. We'll use itthe entire
Big Ten season, including the conference meet at Wisconsin, and
then we'll decide whether or not to make it a permanent thing.
"One of the best parts of this method of scoring is that now
the gymnast has a better idea of what he is required to do. For
example, one of our men at the beginning of the season was
having difficulties in rounding off (finishing up) his routine.
This cost him points in his execution, so he paid some extra at-
tention to it in practice, and this has paid off by adding about
a full point to his overall score. Under the old system, he would
have had a hard time figuring out which part of his'routine was
at fault."
Although the new scoring system won't be used in the NCAA
championships in Los Angeles this March, Loken feels that because
of it, the Big Ten representatives will be better gymnasts. "They'll
know exactly what's expected of them as to composition and execu-
tion," he said. However, he added that the major fault of Bauer's
system is that the judges' overall impression of a man's performance
has no bearing on his score, that there might be an overemphasis




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