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70 Years of Gymkana

By Maryland Today Staff

Ring of Fire

If you’ve ever wondered how Gymkana’s gravity- and fire-defying acrobatic stunts and tricks came to be, the answer is practice: 70 years of it. The troupe, which thrills crowds at Maryland Madness, local schools, military bases and even “America’s Got Talent,” is celebrating its anniversary with a new exhibit at McKeldin Library, which runs until August. Here’s a peek at some of the archival images:

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1 Original Gymkana troupe 1946 47
Gymkana, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest student organizations on campus. Its first performance was in Ritchie Coliseum on Jan. 10, 1947, during halftime of the Maryland vs. George Washington University basketball game. Photo courtesy of University Archives.

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