Was this the world's first gymnast?
posted on 04/15/2007

Throughout the 3rd edition of my book, Roots of American Gymnastics, the little figure seen to the left is found on every page displaying family tree relationships among the 1,600 personalities identified from the American gymnastics community. The little figure was derived from the fresco shown below that has been preserved over the centuries on the Greek island of Crete. Scholars have argued about the action displayed in the fresco. My interpretation comes from the point of view of a gymnast and a few rodeo clowns. For more information see <gymroots.com>. A.B. Frederick, gymnastics historian, PhD 

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