Yesterday, the US Women’s gymnastics team took Gold! Yeah! Though, prancing around in their skin tight leotards is a far cry from the women’s gymnastics teams of yesteryear:
Congratulations to the British men’s gymnastics team on taking a medal during their team competition over the weekend. I couldn’t find any pictures of British male gymnasts taken in 1908, but I found this one of Edward William Potts (1881-1944), who did compete in the 1908 London Games, finishing 9th in the men’s individual all-around gymnastics competition. He was a part of the bronze medal winning British gymnastics team in 1912.
Notice the shoes and knickers as part of the uniform. Yes, they competed with shoes on:
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