“There is a magical appeal, a universal spark at the core of gymnastics, and Frank Bare found countless ways to share it with the world…”

With these words, Bart Conner, president of the IGHOF  board of directors, announced the creation on a new award in Frank Bare’s honor. The award will recognize individuals who have been instrument in sharing and promoting the magic of gymnastics to audiences and fans throughout North America and to the wider world.

So it is fitting that at the 2012 Induction Ceremonies this spring, the inaugural Frank Bare Award will be presented to Doug Wilson. Doug is an Emmy Award winning producer and director who was instrumental in bringing that special gymnastics magic to literally billions of people across the globe.

During his 50-year career with ABC Sports, Mr. Wilson played an integral role on the production staff of “ABC’s Wide World of Sports” — which literally created the golden age gymnastics during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He was part of the Roone Arledge team that broadcast the 1968 Summer Olympics live and in color via satellite from Mexico City — a technological first. It was at these historic games that the legendary Olympic Champion Vera Caslavska captured the hearts of fans the world over.

Again, fittingly, Ms. Caslavska — who was inducted into the IGHOF in 1998, but was unable to attend the induction ceremony that year — is planning to be in attendance at the 2012 Induction Ceremonies, to be held on May 19th, at The Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City, OK.

It should be a reunion of legendary and magical poignancy!

For more information about attending the Induction Ceremonies, which are open to the public, and to make reservations, contact Lynn Landis by e-mail (lynn@intlgymnast.com) or phone: 405-364-5344.

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