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…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – USA Athletes Road To Moscow – Wall Jacenko & Bart Connor

DOG ASIDE: Bart Conner (born March 28, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former gymnast who, as a member of the gold medal-winning men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games…..won an individual gold on the parallel bars.  Conner was also the 1979 World Champion on that apparatus….and robbed of his opportunity to…

Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid – Alpine Skiing

DOG ASIDE: Alpine skiing has been contested at every Winter Olympics since 1936….when a combined event was held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships in Olympic years….with separate competitions held in even-numbered non-Olympic years.  During this period, the Olympic medalists received an additional medal of…

Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid – 90m Ski Jumping & Review – 1980 Moscow Boycott By USA

DOG COMMENTARY: This video is exceptional to me….cuz I really like Ski Jumping….and off the big hill at the Olympics….it doesn’t get any better than that.  However, the last segment of the video is what has had my attention for quite some time.  Heck, I wrote a story some 3 years back titled “The Worst…