Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

It is hard to imagine, but in the difficult post-war years, when half of the country lay in ruins, they found ways to give children more than just school education. They did not only find the way, but apparently, also attributed considerable importance to physical education. Below are reports of a couple of the post-war years (1946-1948). Note the intensity of events.Children’s Sports School, City Board of Education, Chelyabinsk, 1947

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

A Chelyabinsk team at the schoolchildren competitions. Novosibirsk. August 1946

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

RSFSR gymnastics championship among schoolchildren. Sverdlovsk. Gym “Dynamo”. March 1947.

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

City competitions in gymnastics. Chelyabinsk. December 1947.

Lining-up. Pay attention to the shoes: some are barefoot, and some wear felt boots.

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Medal ceremony

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Treat for the participants. The main dish on the table is bread. If memory serves correctly, bread tickets were not yet abolished in 1947.

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Chelyabinsk team in Moscow. July 1948Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

Post World War Soviet Sports: Gymnastics

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