Saturday, March 3, 2012

1976 - Coming to America

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1975 ~ Ostia Lido, Italy ~ Felix Davidovich, Marianna ( Masha) Davidovich, Marina Davidovich. "First Jeans!!!"

Here we are again...another 4 years and another exciting summer ahead with world caliber athletes competing in London, England. I remember like it was yesterday when the United States decided to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. I came to this country on January 15, 1976 from the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine) and immediately found myself with the desire to bring the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics to the United States. Nobody had even heard of this sport or could even help me find any clubs or programs where Rhythmics was offered.

1976 ~ Hartford,  CT ~ Elizabeth Davidovich, Marina Davidovich, Felix davidovich, Marianna ( Masha) Davidovich
At that time, my husband Felix Davidovich, my  mother-in-law Ida Davidovich, my 2-yr-old daughter and I resided in Hartford, CT. I was pregnant with my second child and was very busy trying to learn English and the American way of life (which is another story).  My second daughter was born in April 1976. Three months later (July) I was advised by my ESL teacher (Symon Yavner) that the New Britain YWCA had a big gymnasium and maybe they would know about Rhythmic Gymnastics. Without knowing English, we had to get in the car and drive to inquire about this possibility. After meeting the program coordinator, I had to demonstrate what Rhythmic Gymnastics was and he said "you look like a cowgirl" since I was demonstrating rope skills. He immediately offered me a job teaching women and called this Women's Gymnastics since I didn't know how to translate "Rhythmics" into the English language...

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3 comments:

  1. This is aweseome. I'm eager to hear more!

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  2. I love this, there's so much here's I never heard before and photos I've never seen before. Keep it coming!

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  3. I love this too! What a wonderful story! Looking forward to reading it all!

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