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Gagnier Cites 'Superiority' Factor in Russian Win


First Dual Meet Offers
Test to Big Ten Champs


(The second of a series of three
articles expressing the views of Mich-
igan gymnast Ed Gagnier on gymnas-
tics as an American and a world
Why did the Russians dominate
gymnastics competition in the
1956 Olympic Games?
Wolverine gymnast Ed Gagnier
points out that the reasons are

varied, covering matters of bet-
ter conditioning, extensive train-
ing and government subsitization.
Nevertheless, Gagnier feels that
a very important factor lies in the
manner in which the Russians
conduct themselves.
"They leave the impression that
they can't be beat, that they can't
miss in their exercises."
The Wolverine athlete states


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that this impression was the key
to the Russian Olympic victories.
"They marched around Olympic
City in groups," he states, "and
the other athletes usually were
by themselves or in pairs.
Organization Cited as Factor
"When theywent onto the floor
for competition, the whole team
would march in. This seemed to
effect the judges, because the
scores always went up for the
Russians. They actually looked
superior through this organized
"The Japanese were very good,
in fact I believe that the judges
figured that they would win. But
when the Russians were compet-
ing, the satellite judges always
raised their scores. The Russian
judges were quite fair, but they
could afford to be. It seemed as
if the satellite nations were afraid
of the Russians.
"Another factor that aided the
Russians was that whenever a
judge scored against them, they
would raise a fuss. They would
rush over and ask him why he
had scored the Russian low. The
Japanese, who were the strong-
est opposition, accepted whatever

they were given without com-
Japanese Have Fun
"The boys from Japan were al-
ways a happy group. They smiled
and laughed while they practiced,
and gave the appearance of al-
ways enjoying themselves. Mean-
while the Russians were extreme-
ly serious. They acted as if they
had a job to do, and were going
to do it."
With this attitude, the Russians
did their job well, completely
dominating the men's gymnas-
tics, and doing extremely well in,
the women's, too. Hungary proved
that the Russians weren't invince-
able by taking some firsts int-e
women's Olympic competition.
"How About Us?"
The thing that many sports
fans in the United States are
asking now is how the Americans
compare with the Russians. In
Gagnier's opinion, "the Ameri-
cans aren't too far behind"
While the Russians practiced
only Olympic apparatus, Gagnier
points out that "Americans prac-I
tice many different tricks, and
use certain apparatus that aren't1
even in the Olympics. Also, the
Americans don't practice as hard3
or as long."

. .. ready to sprint ... hurdles champion



Chick Werner's Penn State
track squad moves into Yost Field
House tonight to take on Michi-
gan in the first dual meet of the
indoor season.
The field events will begin at
7 p.m. and the track events are
set for 7:30 p.m. Admission is
free to all students showing their
I-D cards.
Tonight's meet will be the Wol-
verines' first test in the cam-
paign which will lead to the de-
fense of their indoor and outdoor
Big Ten titles.'
Visitors Lose to Army
Coach Don Canham is fairly

Detroit Acquires Fort Wayne Franchise


DETROIT (A')-In professional
basketball's first realignment inI
more than two seasons, the Fort
Wayne Pistons yesterday switched
their franchise to Detroit, a
sprawling, sports-minded city that
rejected the game a decade ago.
Millionaire industriatist Fred

Zollner announced at a news con-
ference that the Pistons, cham-
pions of the National Basketball
Assn.'s Western Division two
years running, will oegin a six-
year contract at Olympia Stadium
next October.
The team, currently leading the
division, will start practice in De-
troit the first cf October and will
be known as the "Detroit Pis-
tons." The Pistons will play most
of their home games at the Olym-
pia, which can accommodate 13,-
000 or more for basketball. Zoll-
ner said he hopes to play from
five to seven games at his old Fort
Wayne base.
Low Attendance Cited
The arena at Fort Wayne, where
the team has been competing in
the NBA since 1949, seats 10,000--
but home attendance over the past
two seasons has averaged only
about 3,600.
Zollner, in explaining the deci-
sion to leave the Indiana city,
said: "Pro basketball is big-real
big-and it's getting bigger. I be-
lieve a major team must he situ-
ated in an area of more than one
million population. We never
considered any city other than De-
Detroit, with a population of

about 1,600,000 and already en-
thusiastically s u p p o r t i n g big
league football and baseball, is
more than 11 times the size of
Fort Wayne.
First Shift Since 1954
The last NBA alteration was in
1954 when the Milwaukee Hawks
went to St. Louis.
Only the approval of the NBA
Board of Governors is needed to
finalize the Fort Wayne franchise
switch. That is a mere formality,
Zollner said.
Financial terms of the agree-
ment were not disclosed.
Detroit turned thumbs down on
two pro basketball teams during
the 1946-47 campaign. There were
the Detroit Falcons in the old
Basketball Assn. of America, but
their record was poor and the fi-
nancial loss was about $36,000.
That same season, the Detroit
Gems lost their last 40 games in
the National Basketball League
and wound up wtdh a $50,000 de-

optimistic about tonight's test,
as Penn State has had only one
meet this year - which they lost
582/ to 5013 to Army.
The Wolverines, of course, have
their pillar of strength in Cap-
tain Dave Owen, who set a 59'
mark in the shot put event last
weekend in the Michigan AAU
Leading the Nittany Lions are
hurdlers Rod Perry and Dick Win-
ston. Perry is the 1956 IC4A in-
door and outdoor high hurdles
champion. Canham is expecting
Perry and Winston to place first
and second, respectively, in the
hurdles. Michigan, at the present
time, has no strong hurdler.
Woodrow Competes in Mile
Penn State will also be well-
represented in the mile by Don
Woodrow, who ran a 4:24.4 mile
against the Cadets. Woodrow will
match strides with either Geert
Keilstrup, Helmar Dollwet or
Chuck Morton.
The Lions have a good man in
pole vaulter Oger Norris, who
will be competing with Michigan
sophomore Mamon Gibson.
Moran, Sloan Vie in 440
The quarter-mile race ,;hould
prove to be interesting with Penn
State's Ed Moran and Michigan's
Laird Sloan, who is rapidly com-
ing into shape. Canham said,
"Moran will have to do better
than :50 to win."
Jim Pace has returned to the
ranks of the cindermen and will
go to the post in the 60-yd. dash.
Brendan O'Reilly is the *avorite
in the high jump.
Dees, Howard
Lead Big Ten
Scoring Race
Besides holding first place in
the Big Ten basketball standings,
Indiana also boasts the leading
Conference scorer in Archie Dees.
Standing at 6'9", the produc-
tive Hoosier pivot man has aver-
aged 22.6 points per game in the
torrid race.
Following Dees in the race is
second-place Ohio State's big gun,
forward Frank Howard. Howard
has been able to average 20.8
points per contest for the chal-
Michigan boasts three men in
the top 20 in George Lee, Pete
Tillotson, and Ron Kramer. Lee
maintains a 13.2 'average for 17th
position while Kramer and Tillot-
son are tied for 19th with a 12.7
Tops in defense is Michigan
State who, after losing their first
three Conference games, have
won five straight and have only
given up 528 points in their eight
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apartment pool. Fun means career, too, because Vought helped
Don find a field he thoroughly enjoys -exploring new applications
for human engineering in Chance Vought's Reliability Design
Group. Don's helping designers develop electronic gear that's pro-
ducible, simple to operate and easy to maintain. His electronics
training comes in handy, and - for the human aspects involved - so
would a good grasp of psychology. So Don's working toward
an M.A. in Psychology this winter at Southern Methodist University,
and Chance Vought's helping with tuition.

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Don helps Chance Vought designers
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Part of Don's assignment is to improve cockpit displays in supersonic
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