Sport: The Orphan

It is 48 years since a U.S. gymnastic team won an Olympic championship. Even that victory at the world's fair in St. Louis in 1904 may have been hollow: some experts still say that the Americans won because there was no real European competition, and furthermore predict that the U.S. will never turn out a topflight team. Why can't the U.S. produce champion gymnasts? One man who thinks he knows is German-born Coach Bernard Unser of the famed Bronx branch of the American Turners (until 1948, the Turnverein'). Says Unser: "In this country gymnastics is not considered a sport as it...

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