Figure Skating – 1980 – Special – Athletes On Review – Lisa Marie Allen + Elaine Zayak

DOG ASIDE:  This 1980 figure skating special on NBC with host Dick Buttons was titled “Athletes in Review” was a dual purpose production that was used to showcase the top US figure skaters and to raise continued awareness and salute to the 1961 US Figure Skating Team that was lost in the 1961 plane crash in 1961. …

Figure Skating – 1980 – Special – Athletes On Review – Salute To The 1961 US Figure Skating Team

DOG ASIDE: After the tragic place crash known as Sabena Flight 548, a Boeing 707 aircraft that crashed en route from New York City to Brussels, Belgium, on February 15, 1961….which killed all 72 on board and one person on the ground….including the entire U.S. figure skating team who were travelling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia….there were many special figure skating events that were staged…

Other Sports – 1979 – Barrell Jumping World Cup + Sumo Wrestling Grand Nationals

DOG COMMENTARY: Barrel jumping was never an Olympic sport….although it is a sport indeed….which has been covered on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….as seen in this video herewith….and as the name implies….it’s all about jumping over barrels on ice skates. The skater circles the rink a few times to pick up speed….when at about 30…

Olympics – 1988 – Calgary Games – Figure Skating Pairs Short Program + Mens 500m Speed Skating

DOG ASIDE:    The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics provided some wonderful highs and disheartening lows….which is typical of any Olympic Games…..for the talent is so expansive….causing the challenges to be greater and the risks to be higher. The figure skating pairs competition short program at these 1988 Calgary Games certainly provided one of these wonderful…

Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid – Mens – Figure Skate & Speed Skate & Hockey USA VS USSR & Ski Slalom

DOG COMMENTARY: On this day of ABC’s broadcast of the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics….the viewer get to see coverage of the men competing in figure skating, speed skating, hockey and slalom in skiing. This was possibly the most wide-open men’s Olympic championship…..with nobody that had established himself as the world’s best figure skater since…

Olympics – 1984 Sarajevo Olympics – Ice Dancing & Bobsled & Mens Biathlon & Womens Luge & Ski Jump

DOG COMMENTARY: On this day at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics….the outstanding crew of ABC Sports broadcasters….including the elegamt and eloquent Jim McKay as the host of the telecast….with figure skating being covered by a young Jim Lampley….plus the ever so talented mens’ figure skating Olympic champion and absolutely “spot on” analyst of figure skating competition, the…

Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games – Figure Skating Pair – Host Jim McKay & Dick Buttons

DOG COMMENTARY: For the United States, the Miracle on Ice was not in the Pairs Figure Skating competition….as the US medal favorites Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner were forced to withdraw before the competition due to an injury to Gardner….while the legendary world champion Soviet Union pair Irina Rodnina & Alexander Zaitsev were challenged for gold…