Athletics

As Men's Gymnastics Programs Dwindle, Backers Try to Save Them

Leonardo Carrizo for The Chronicle

The decades-long attrition of men's gymnastics programs in the NCAA—only 17 remain out of some 200 in the 1960s—has baffled gymnasts and coaches alike: How can a sport that so dazzles spectators nonetheless struggle for survival in colleges?
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[Update: After Months of Uncertainty, Men’s Gymnastics Will Continue at Cal (5/2/2011)]

When the U.S. men's gymnastics team competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 30 million Americans tuned in on NBC to watch six muscular young men flip, twist, and...

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