For the past month or so this magazine and other people and institutions in
sport have been acclaiming the outstanding individuals, teams and events of
1976: Chris Evert, Nadia Comaneci, Joe Morgan, Tony Dorsett, Dr. J, the
Cincinnati Reds, the Montreal Canadiens, the Olympic Games.... The editor of
this department now takes a few lines to salute one more memorable event and an
The person? Edwin
Moses. The event? The 400-meter hurdles at Montreal. This most demanding of
track events requires not only speed and stamina but meticulous technique and
unflappable poise. You cannot compete seriously in the 400-meter hurdles unless
you possess all four qualities in abundance. At Montreal, Moses sustained them
at maximum levels to win decisively in world-record time. More than that, he
won with style and dignity, with a clear understanding of what he had
accomplished. Perhaps the best moment of all came 10 or 15 yards past the tape
when the victorious Moses, realizing he had done what he had set out to do so
many months before, slowly clapped his hands together three times in a sort of
private ceremony of self-congratulation, richly deserved.
Although more and
more young girls give as much time and attention nowadays to practicing
cross-court volleys and executing backflips � la Nadia as they do to dolls and
dresses, not too many are into boxing. As a matter of fact, we don't know of
any, other than 11-year-old Amber Edwina Hunt of Murray, Utah, who would rather
be called Amber Jim.
Amber Jim, boxing
against boys, which doesn't seem to bother anybody, has won eight straight
fights, all by technical knockouts. The last two TKOs came in Junior Olympic
Golden Gloves competition (one in the first round, the other in the second).
Now she has her sights on winning the Utah State championship in March. She is
the first girl to compete in the Golden Gloves in Utah and, her Coach Tony
Bullock believes, is probably the first female Golden Glover in the country.
She's also an outstanding-swimmer (freestyle and butterfly) and runs three
miles to and from school each day.
parents are all for her boxing activities. "I've always allowed my children
to use their own minds," says her mother, Mrs. Jack Hunt, noting that her
three sons, all younger than Amber Jim, are not athletically inclined. "Her
tomboyish aggressiveness started when she was a baby, when she continually tore
up her crib. She's all girl, but she h-never really cared for dolls and such.
She didn't care for boys' toys, either. She just "became wrapped up in
athletics, and boxing and swimming are her two loves."
a fighter," says her father. "She's tough and a good boxer. She's like
those Polish and Russian fighters—aggressive, always on the attack."
As for Amber Jim,
she says, "I want to prove a girl can do anything a boy can do. I want to
go to the Olympics and be the first girl to win a gold medal combination in
boxing and swimming."
language, Amber Jim. Not girl. Person.
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