God of the Gym Paul Hunt

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Rocking the balance beam: Paul Hunt, aka Pauletta Huntesque or Pauletta Huntenvova at the Gala ‘Les dieux de la Gym’  (Gods of the Gym) in 1996. (images via Hunts Gymnastics.com)

(merci a Mr de Castelbajac for sharing)

“Paul Hunt. Alias “Paulette Huntesque”-world famous gymnastics comedian!  Paul has coached in Utah since 1974.  He was the coach of Utah’s first Olympic level gymnast.  He has coached many state, regional, and national champions.  Paul has had many of his gymnast receive college scholarships for gymnastics, including the University of Utah.  Paul was a national champion himself.  He competed for the University of Illinois.  In 1969 Paul was Illinois State All Around Champion, 1971 Big 10 Floor Exercise Champion, and 1972 National Floor Exercise Champion.  In 1971, Paul started performing his infamous “Paulette Huntesque” comedy routines.  It was a parody of women’s gymnastics routines.  “Paulette” evolved from coaching girls, and demonstrating what they were doing wrong, and how to improve.  Paul has performed all over the world with his “Paulette” comedy routines.  He has toured with many superstars of gymnastics such as; Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Kim Zmeski, Shannon Miller, and many others.  Paul toured with the U.S., Russian, Romanian, and Chinese Olympic Teams.  Paul has been featured on Wide World Sports and America’s Funniest Videos.  He has been known as the best gymnastics clown in the world.  Watch Paulette’s comedy routines on YouTube.” (read more at HuntGymnastics.com


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