tribute to Glenn Sundby

sundbystocktonhand.jpgphoto right – Pudgy Stockton holds Glen Sundby in a handstand.

Back in the day, I knew Glenn Sundby as the editor of International Gymnast magazine. He is still emeritus Publisher today 50-years after it’s founding in 1957.

He later founded the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1986. Initially located in Oceanside, California, it was moved into Oklahoma City in 1997.

Glenn Sundby I also knew as the “Have a Happy Handstand” man. He regularly published unusual photos of handstands.

We’re going to pay tribute to Glenn’s legacy on this blog by posting our own handstand photo series.

If you have a good one in some unusual location — Castle Rock, New Zealand, for example — send a copy by email (from top of the home page) and we just might post it on this site.


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handstand – Castle Rock, Christchurch, New Zealand

Have a Happy Handstand!

We’re restarting the great tradition begun by Glenn Sundby (International Gymnast magazine) of posting wonderful handstand photos. If you’ve got one, email it to the website editor.

Marcel, a visiting student from Germany, doing a one-handed handstand on Castle Rock above Christchurch City.


handstand on Castle Rock – photo by Jon Sullivan

idea – loot bags for birthday parties

The Executive Director of my gym — TC Edwards — has a great idea.

Rather than handing out a brochure to all the kids who attend a birthday party — she’s going to hand out a loot bag to each child which includes a brochure and other promotional material on the club.


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video – Me? Do A Triple Pike?

Not sure who put this wild montage together, but it includes some of the great tricks of Artistic gymnastics history. And even the time the bars collapsed on Ludmilla Tourischeva after her dismount.

Some of the biggest, stupidest tricks, with guest appearances from Sarah and Chris of RISING DESCENT, Marta Karoly, Carly Patterson and Vanessa Atler can be found in this wonderful more… tribute to all the best things happening. A big special thanks to Siobhan Bonisteel-Topping for supplying the sick tuneage!

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confirmed – Cirque teams with Criss Angel

Criss Angel has won the Academy of Magical Arts’ Magician of the Year award a record three times: 2001, 2004, 2005.

This show will rock.

Cirque du Soleil is set to extend its reach in Sin City even further, with officials announcing Thursday a partnership with popular magician Criss Angel for another permanent Las Vegas show.

Criss.jpgsummer 2008 at the Luxor Resort and Casino, where the magician and illusionist has already been filming upcoming new episodes of his A&E TV series Mindfreak, officials said. …

“I’ve spent 15 years creating and evolving a concept that the world of entertainment has never seen,” Angel said in a statement.

“I am confident that this collaboration will culminate in what is destined to become one of the most exciting shows Las Vegas has ever seen and redefine magic in the same way Cirque du Soleil has redefined the circus.” …

A seventh Cirque show, inspired by rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley, is also set to open in the city in 2009. Arts – Not an illusion: Cirque du Soleil teams with Criss Angel for new show

Criss Angel – official website

skateboarder Burnquist’s Grand Canyon jump

Do you know name?

From his 12 XGames medals?

From his Mega Ramp in California?

Or did you see his jump into the Grand Canyon on the Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies TV show?

“I’m not afraid of dying. But I love living.”

He built a 40’ mega-ramp to put himself onto a 40’ rail that extended OVER the Grand Canyon. He then did a Skydive/BASE jump 1,600 feet.

Click PLAY or watch the video on YouTube.

This kind of death defying stunting is being criticized by some. Outside Magazine calls them “Cheap Tricks“.

Actually, Burnquist is getting even better known for his leadership in the environmental cause.

Check that out too at – official website.

allegations of gymnast abuse in Romania

The Secrets of a Gymnast
by Andrei Nourescu is a book I want to read.

It was voted Book of The Year by the Romanian Sport Press Association (2003); 1st English edition released Jan 2006.

… “Fraud, violence, abuses with penal implications, here are some allegations about the secret methods used in Romanian gymnastics.” …

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I just learned about it on the extensive site.

They also pointed me to their page called “The Wall of Shame” which names athletes who suffered abuse and coaches implicated.

This is far from the first time I’ve been told of horror stories in Romania. But people are innocent until proven guilty. Be clear that you cannot believe everything you read on the internet — not even on this site.

If you want to understand the allegations better yourself, you can purchase
The Secrets of a Gymnast

movie – free tickets to The Peaceful Warrier

Hey, nice move by Best Buy.

If you live in the USA you can apply for FREE movie tickets for the weekend of March 30-April 1.

Peaceful Warrior is based on Dan Millman’s perennially best-selling autobiographical novel, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives.

In the film, Scott Mechlowicz plays Dan, a talented-yet-arrogant college gymnast with Olympic dreams and a golden future. The athlete thinks he has it all: bookcases of trophies, endless friends, fast rides and disposable relationships.

But all that is about to change.

See the trailer for Peaceful Warrior.