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The Gymnastics Book


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Elfi Schlegel was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1976 to 1985, won two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and in 1979 won a team gold and individual bronze medal at the Pan Am Games. Elfi won Canada's only World Cup gymnastics medal, a bronze in the vault, in 1980. Elfi got her start as a gymnastics commentator at the age of 17 and worked for CTV and CBC. For the past 20 years, she has been a sports commentator for NBC Sports, covering 11 Olympics, as well as countless other gymnastics meets, and the sport of curling. She will be covering the Games for NBC again in 2012. Claire Ross Dunn is a journalist and writer for television.


A wonderful way for those interested in the sport to get started. provides a solid beginning to this popular sport.-- (10/01/2012)
[Review for previous edition] An indispensable guide to the beginner's world of artistic gymnastics.--Books for Growing Minds (02/01/2001)
[Review for previous edition] Goes beyond basics... proper techniques for basic moves on the balance beam, vault and uneven bars are illustrated with color photographs.-- (08/11/2004)
[Review for previous edition] Colorful photos and pleasing layout ... very eye catching. But there is also plenty of information to go along with the clean design ... An excellent introduction to the sport.-- (05/01/2001)
[Review for previous edition] [STARRED REVIEW] An excellent book in every way ... Best of all, the book is accessible to early readers. Superb coverage of a popular sport.-- (04/01/2001)
Getting a child started in a gymnastics program can be confusing for the parent. Terminology, exercises and safety are all concerns and so it is nice to start off with a well-written guide book to familiarize yourself... With colour photographs throughout, the book provides a step-by-step guide to getting started. Accompanying the photographs are descriptions of the warm-up exercises, basic skills, and cool down stretches. Schlegel also discusses competition training and profiles a number of important gymnasts.-- (04/07/2013)
An informative, visually appealing guide for any child who is interested in this popular sport. Highly recommended.-- (11/16/2012)
This timely book certainly provides children with a nice, positive introduction to a sport they can enjoy.--GoodReads (10/01/2012)

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