Rare Olympic Training Photographs of George Gulack | 1930s
Here we have a rare set of Olympic training photographs of gold medal winner George Gulack. Talk about obscure and specific. Mr Gulack did an Olympic workout at a YMCA way back in the day, and someone snapped photographs of some moves on the rings that would tear me in two. That is some serious strength and concentration. Apparently there were Olympic judges witnessing the spectacle. My joints just hurt looking at them. Crazy impressive.
As a youth in Latvia, George Gulack divided his time between gymnastics, where he was national all-around champion in 1921, and pole-vaulting but when he came to America in 1922 he was purely a competitive gymnast. His best event was the rings, on which he won his gold medal and also two national titles – in 1928 and 1935. Gulack became one of the top administrators in gymnastics. In 1948 he helped the AAU design a new set of rules to conform to international standards. He was manager of the US Olympic gymnastic team in 1948, an international judge for nearly 25 years, served as chairman of US Gymnastics and president of the Pan-American Gymnastics Federation and was an honorary vice-president of the International Gymnastic Federation. Gulack was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1934 to 1958.
The rare set of five antique photographs are attached by adhesive to black paper pages form an old photo album. The backing pages have some tears along the edges. The actual photographs have some light patina from age. Some photos are more exposure than others. The photos measure about 5" by 3 1/2". The three pages measure about 13" by 10". Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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"Holding perfectly still for the judges"....Sweet Moses!