GYM­NAST CUR­TIS HIBBERT, 1987

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For more than 100 years, pho­tog­ra­phers, photo ed­i­tors and photo li­brar­i­ans work­ing for The Globe and Mail have amassed and pre­served an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of 20th-cen­tury news photography. Ev­ery Mon­day, The Globe will fea­ture one of these images, and through­out Au­gust, we’re play­ing with the theme of “bal­ance.”

He is one of Canada’s most suc­cess­ful gym­nasts. Cur­tis Hibbert first came into the spot­light when he com­peted in the Canadian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, Canada Win­ter Games and Pan Amer­i­can Games in 1983. In 1987, he be­came the first Canadian to win a medal at the World Cham­pi­onships with a se­cond-place fin­ish in high bar. In this ar­rest­ing photo by Globe pho­tog­ra­pher Hans Deryk, Hibbert holds still over the par­al­lel bars. The photo, pub­lished weeks af­ter his sil­ver-medal vic­tory, was used to pro­file Hibbert’s im­pact on Canadian gym­nas­tics. He qual­i­fied for the 1988 Olympic Games and achieved topeight fin­ishes in three of the six in­di­vid­ual events. He re­tired in 1993, and es­tab­lished the Kids Su­per Gym Club in Erin Mills, Ont., to cre­ate a non-com­pet­i­tive at­mos­phere where hav­ing fun mat­tered most.

HANS DERYK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

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