gymnastic "Maltese cross"

Mark Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Tue Aug 21 13:34:02 UTC 2001

Barry quotes, and quoth:


   Is this gymnastic maneuver not in the revised OED?
   From PIC, 10 January 1939, pg. 39, col. 1:

_Maltese cross._  Most Herculean of all moves illustrated by Turturro.

(A gymnast hangs by two rings, like a cross--ed.)

I believe I've heard this called an "iron cross" in more recent Olympic
(and other) gymnastic coverage-- not a term that would have been popular in
English in the years following 1939.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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