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I'm Vladimir Zaglada, author of One Coach's Journey from East to West: How The Fall of the Iron Curtain Changed the World of Gymnastics. & С Гимнастикой по Жизни... Годы, События, Люди

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Vladimir Zaglada was born in Soviet Leningrad (today, St. Petersburg, Russia) in November, 1944. He received a degree in coaching gymnastics from the Lvov (Ukraine) Institute of Physical Education. He went on to do graduate work at Moscow's Lenin Institute of Physical Education, earning a Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences (the approximate equivalent of a PhD). In 1964 he was granted the title Master of Sport of the USSR in Acrobatic Gymnastics. Zaglada has devoted his 40 year professional life to the theory and practice of artistic gymnastics, including as coach and consultant for the senior and junior Soviet women's and girl's gymnastics teams, assisting in their preparation for World and Olympic competition. After serving as a senior professor at the main physical education institutes of Lvov and Moscow, he served as the head coach for Moscow-Dynamo's Olympic Reserve School, where many of the Soviet Union's top female gymnasts spent their childhoods training to become champions. Later he became the first president of Dynamo-Moscow's Gymnastics Club. He was a member of the Women's Technical Committee of the Soviet Gymnastics Federation, a member of the Executive Board of the Dynamo-Moscow City Council, an Honorary Member of Russian Dynamo, and a vice-president of the Dynamo-Southampton Gymnastics Club (now the United Kingdom's Dynamo School of Gymnastics). He served as producer and artistic director for the Soviet Gala Concert at the 1991 World Gymnaestrada in Amsterdam and has appeared as a gymnastics expert on both CNN and CBS. The author of numerous scholarly books and articles on artistic gymnastics, he coauthored (with Tatyana Lisitskaya) Floor Exercises for Women, which has been translated into Japanese and English and is recognized as one of the best monographs on the subject. For years he contributed chapters to textbooks used in the top institutes of physical education in the Soviet Union and Russia and has written a number of works on programmed learning. He is recognized in The Encyclopedia of Gymnastics as having made a significant contribution to the shaping of both the theory and practice of Soviet gymnastics, including through his contributions in the area of branch programming, which led to changes in how complex gymnastics exercises are taught at the highest levels of training. In 1999 Zaglada left Dynamo to accept the position of technical director for men's gymnastics in Great Britain. He arrived in the United States on September 10, 2001. Since this time he has worked as head gymnastics coach for clubs in Minnesota and Georgia, where he produced a numbers of state and regional champions and Eastern and National Qualifiers.

About my latest book, One Coach's Journey from East to West: How The Fall of the Iron Curtain Changed the World of Gymnastics

ONE COACH'S JOURNEY FROM EAST TO WEST: HOW THE FALL OF THE IRON CURTAIN CHANGED THE WORLD OF GYMNASTICS Until the fall of the Soviet Union the West and the Communists were engaged not only in a heated arms race but a race for Olympic gold, and Moscow poured tremendous resources into the effort, attracting some of the country's greatest minds. Author Vladimir Zaglada provides a look inside some of the Soviet Union's gymnastics "think tanks," such as the Moscow's Lenin Institute. One Coach's Journey from East to West also introduces us to some of the brilliant and colorful figures that have advanced the art of gymnastics and examines how the flood of coaching talent into the West has shifted the "balance of power." The force of this "flood" has been somewhat impeded by cultural and language barriers, which are also discussed in the book. "Hot topics" such as the relentless increase in the difficulty level of artistic gymnastics are also discussed and a number of technical issues are covered, complete with illustrations. Zaglada provides a rare look inside the world of Soviet gymnastics at its height and provides information never before published in English. Did the machinery that cranked out Soviet gymnastics champions allow for a happy childhood? Why has the balance of power in gymnastics shifted in America's favor but will Russia retake the throne? The rigid line between "amateurs" (who are true professionals in almost all senses of the word) and professionals is the "amateur" in "amateur gymnastics sacred? Is there an ideal physique for women's gymnastics? How much of current American coaching practice can be traced back to Soviet sports institutes? Ever heard of the "profile system"? What is the difference between an Arabian, an Onodi, and a Mostepanova? Why a few basic terms are constant sources of confusion. How effective was the system of incentives for Soviet gymnasts and coaches? How did the nomenklatura system of privileges and patronage impact Soviet gymnastics?

About my book, С Гимнастикой по Жизни...

С ГИМНАСТИКОЙ ПО ЖИЗНИ Годы, События, Люди До распада Советского Союза Запад и страны социалистического лагеря соревновались не только в наращивании военной мощи, но и в борьбе за Олимпийское золото. Москва была не просто столицей огромной страны, но и мозговым центром спорта высших достижений. Мощная армия лучших тренеров, ученых и специалистов спортивной медицины, работающих на спорт высших достижений, делала все для того, чтобы советский спорт был «Впереди Планеты Всей». Автор Владимир Заглада знакомит читателя с одним из таких мозговых центров большого спорта — Государственным Центральным ордена Ленина институтом физической культуры и с его лучшими представителями — признанными лидерами мировой спортивной науки. Среди аналитических работ автора, особый интерес представляет характеристика структуры специализированной группы Олимпийского резерва гимнастической школы «Динамо-Москва». Автор опровергает ряд «легенд о секретной спецгруппе», и показывает раннюю специализацию такой, какой она была на самом деле. Наиболее яркие представители российской педагогики, теории и методики гимнастики проходят перед читателем вместе с рядом лучших иностранных специалистов: ученых, тренеров и спортсменов с мировыми именами. Многие из них, несмотря на политические и социальные барьеры, всегда тесно сотрудничали с советскими специалистами, и обменивались опытом подготовки спортсменов высокого класса. Некоторые ключевые вопросы книги можно сформулировать следующим образом: Повлияло ли падение «Железного Занавеса» на отток тренеров из России на Запад, и можно ли было это предотвратить? Вернется ли Россия на гимнастический трон? Что стало основой для того, чтобы лучшие тренеры из стран бывшего СССР, переехав в Америку, смогли в течение короткого периода привести американскую гимнастику к доминированию на мировой арене? Использует ли гимнастика США достижения советской спортивной науки, и насколько эффективными для нее могут быть современные достижения российских ученых? «Профилирующие элементы» — хорошо забытое старое или солидная методика, рожденная в СССР, и широко используемая в Америке? Каким образом должна быть организована ранняя специализация, чтобы, добиваясь результатов, не забывать о «счастливом детстве»? Можно ли остановить неуклонный рост сложности гимнастических упражнений, и имеются ли реальные возможности управления этим процессом?

About my book, GYMMY THE OWL AND HIS FRIENDS

A delight for all lovers of rhymed poetry and gymnastics, Gymmy the Owl and His Friends offers children and parents entertaining and amusing poems and useful information about gymnastics and gymnastics terminology. Author Vladimir Zaglada, who worked at the highest levels of Soviet gymnastics during its heyday, created Gymmy and his friends as a way of introducing young children and their parents to the world of gymnastics. Readers of any age will be drawn in by his parallels between the natural abilities of animals and the skills humans must work hard to develop in order to perform gymnastics feats. Gymmy the Owl makes learning fun by following each humorous rhymed tale with a small dose of important information and key gymnastics terminology. Illustrator Katya Korobkina brings to life a charming community of “Nature’s Gymnasts.”