Olympics – 1980 Moscow – Modern Pentathlon – USA Pentathletes Prepare for Games

DOG ASIDE: This video gives the viewer an inside look at American athletes training for the Olympic Modern Pentathlon at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX…..for it was decided in 1955….by the Department of Defense….that the Army Base at Ft. Sam (that’s what we Texans call it) would become the national training center for…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – US Athletes In Crisis – President Jimmy Carter Boycotts

DOG ASIDE: On April 12, 1980….President Jimmy Carter announces that the U.S. will boycott the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Moscow that summer. The announcement came after the Soviet Union failed to comply with Carter’s February 20, 1980, deadline to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.  The Soviet military invaded Afghanistan in 1979 to…

Olympics – 1984 Sarajevo – Closing Ceremony – ABC Hilites With Jim McKay

DOG ASIDE: In my lil ole Sportsphile opinion….the Closing Ceremony at any Olympic Games is an expression of the best of life….and the worst of life….for it is a time when all the athletes of the world come together one final time to celebrate their accomplishments of competing in the Olympics….as each and every participant…

Olympics – 1988 Calgary – Figure Skating – Ice Dancing

DOG ASIDE: Ice dancing is a discipline of figure skating that draws from ballroom dancing. It joined the World Figure Skating Championships in 1952….and became a Winter Olympic Games medal sport in 1976.  As in pair skating, dancers compete as a couple consisting of a man and a woman. Ice dance differs from pair skating…

Olympics – 1984 Sarajevo – ESPN Coverage With David Sullivan – Part 2

DOG ASIDE: In 1984, ESPN had moved from a fledgling sports and entertainment network into a maturing competitor to NBC, CBS and ABC sports….although only in their 5th year of existence…..as this video provides evidence of their emergence as a significant player in the television sports arena.  Sportscaster David Sullivan was ESPN’s lead commentator for…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – USA Athletes Road To Moscow – USA Men’s Pentathlon Team

DOG ASIDE: The USA Pentathlon trains at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonion, TX…..as this is the location of the US National Training Center for the modern pentathlon.  Ft. Sam as we Texans who live within range of its presence like to call it…..was chosen by the Dept. of Defense to be the Army’s training…

Olympics – 1984 Sarajevo – ESPN Coverage – With David Sullivan – Part 1

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games was a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was the first Winter Olympics held in a Communist state….It was also the second Olympics overall….as well as the second consecutive Olympics to…

Olympics – 1988 Calgary – Figure Skating – Pairs & Singles – Part 1

DOG ASIDE: Figure Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics had a star-studded class of skaters…..including on the men’s ice….USA Brian Boitano, CAN Brian Orser, USSR’s Viktor Petrenko & Alexander Fadeev….on the women’s ice… East Germany Katarina Witt, CAN Elizabeth Manley, USA’s Debi Thomas & Jill Trenary and Japan Midori Ito….on the pairs ice….USSR’s Gordeeva…