THE STATE ON NEW ICE
During Moscow's chill winters, almost everybody skates, but up to now no Muscovite has skated well enough to make much of a showing in international figure skating. The small morsel of femininity shown in these pictures represents a Soviet hope on ice. The 12-year-old daughter of a state map maker important enough to rate one of Moscow's better apartments, lissome Tanya Niemzova is considered by her teachers far and away the most promising of some 300 youngsters in the Soviet capital's most important school of figure skating.
Under the tutelage of veteran Russian skater Granatkina, 10 times pairs champion of the U.S.S.R., Tanya spends 12 full hours of every week practicing her figures at the rink in the Stadium of the Young Pioneers, Moscow's chief headquarters for junior sports. In addition, she goes to ballet practice twice a week to keep her muscles limber and studies music at home to perfect her sense of rhythm. Besides all this she goes to school every day from 8:30 to 2 o'clock.
Young Tanya fell in love with figure skating at the age of 6 when she saw it on the TV screen. She's been at it ever since. A bashful schoolgirl off the ice, she achieves the dignity of a mature artist when she dons her skates and puts into her figures more than a little of the moody beauty that made Russia's ballerinas great.
In Moscow contrast to a typical Hollywood mother, Tanya's parent, forbidden to superintend her young daughter's career beyond stage door, takes up her lonely, restricted vigil in an anteroom of Young Pioneers stadium, under the stern gaze of Nikita Khrushchev. Sign on closed doors warns: "Keep out during practice."
With Piquant GRACE Russia's future contender for the skating crown of Carol Heiss goes through her paces on ice and dance floor with fellow Soviet hopefuls.
COED FOOTBALL, IOWA STYLE
At the University of Iowa they have been playing tough, traditional, organization-man football for 69 years, and Saturday their organization men won, upsetting Wisconsin 20-9 (see page 14). A few days before, the disorganization girls of Iowa had their day too. Their game is officially called the Powder Bowl, but the traveling trophy is a gleaming black toilet seat. The Powder Bowl has little tradition, but it's demanding just the same. The contestants are the girls from Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Gamma sororities. They were coached by apprehensive brothers of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity who also provided the officiating and the half-time entertainment.
With plays that ran only to the right and a fine display of blocking and tackling (the game is supposed to be touch, but...) Delta won 12-6 to retain the seat. Voted MVP was Nancy Roberts, a blonde nursing student from Santa Monica, Calif., who called signals, including a shift where everyone swapped positions, confounded the enemy with deft ball handling on reverses and did all the passing—did it left-handed, too. Now, if the organization men's coach, Forest Evashevski, only had a pretty left-handed quarterback, too....
Sweeping end, with Nancy Roberts leading the interference, is Ginny Dunn of Columbus Junction, Iowa and Delta Gamma.