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The 1903 Auburn gymnastics team

The U.S. men slid out of the medal count in the team gymnastics competition, but imagine if the Tigers had sent these guys … to St. Louis … to the 1904 games. These men represent the height of flexibility and agility at Auburn at the turn of the century. Take that Danell Leyva and your bronze.

Speaking of the Olympics, a lot has been made of the various uniforms our Olympians have been asked to wear. Having told you last week about Snitz Snider, Auburn’s first Olympian, we thought you might like a shot of his official track uniform. He’s pictured here with his Auburn track coach— the university’s first coaching foray at the Olympics, as well—Wilbur Hutsell.

Kenny graduated from Auburn at the turn of the century. He worked in newsrooms across the region and then earned a master’s degree at UAB. He met and married a Yankee, who declared her Auburn allegiance at her first home game. She’s now on the faculty at Auburn. He’s finishing his PhD at Alabama and teaches at Samford University. And he’s an assistant editor at The War Eagle Reader. See him online at www.kennysmith.org and @kennysmith.

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