Track & Field – 1985 – IAAF World Cup – Womens 400m + 4 x 100m – Mens 200m + 5000m + 4 x 400m

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1985 IAAF World Cup was the first major international competition where the USA Team got to compete against Team USSR and Team GDR (East Germany) since before the 1980 Olympic Games….when the USA and many other western countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics……which led to the Russians and East Germans boycotted the…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Mens – 3m Diving + Boxing + Pole Vault + 200m Dash + Basketball Semis

DOG ASIDE: This Wednesday, August 8, 1984 ABC Sports telecast of Day 12 at the Los Angeles Olympics includes some of the outstanding athletes at these games including USA diver Greg Loughanis in the 3m springboard competition…..USA sprinter Carl Lewis in the men’s track 200m finals…..Great Britian’s Daley Thompson in the men’s decathlon competition…..France’s Pierre…

Special – 1977 – Sportsworld – Muhammad Ali Indoor Track Meet & World Womens Gymnastics Championship

DOG COMMENTARY:   Back in the mid-to-late 1970’s, all three (3) major networks….ABC, CBS and NBC…. all had weekend sports specials that brought a variety of different sports from all over the world….as ABC had it’s highly acclaimed Wide World of Sports hosted by the inimitable Jim McKay…..CBS had Sports Saturday / Sunday hosted by Pat O’Brien and/or Tim…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens High Jump – USA Norquist & USA Stones

  DOG ASIDE: USA’s Olympic high jumper Doug Nordquist is making his first attempt at 7′ 7″ at the ’84 L A Games in the first part of this video…..which is followed by an ABC New Brief with Peter Jennings….so I thought this would be a good place to give the longtime ABC news anchor…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – China High Jumper Zhu Jianhua

DOG ASIDE: At this point in the men’s high jump competition….there were 9 remaining competitors at the ’84 Olympics….CHN Liu Yunpeng, USA Dwight Stones, SWE Patrik Sjoberg, FIN Erkki Niemi, CHN Cai Shu, CAN Milt Ottey, CHN Zhu Jianhua (world record holder), USA Doug Nordquist and FGR Deiter Doegenburg….as the bar was at 7′ 4…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens High Jump Finals – SWE Patrik Sjoeberg

DOG COMMENTARY: As a sportsphile….when I look at each different sport from a “degree of difficulty” kind of rating system…..and when it comes to high jump….it doesn’t seem to require the skills that many other disciplines in sports require…..as I consider sports from a perspective of “eye-to-hand”….or “eye-to-foot”….even “eye-to-mind”….with speed, strength and reaction time/reflex by…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens High Jump Finals – USA Doug Nordquist

DOG ASIDE: This video shows both USA Doug Nordquist and CHN Liu Yunpeng first attempts at 7’51/4″ at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics high jump competition.  The action is brought by ABC commentators Al Michaels and Jane Frederick…..as Frederick was the first world record holder in the women’s heptathlon. What I especially enjoyed watching on…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens High Jump Finals – USA’s Doug Nordquist & USA Dwight Stones

DOG ASIDE: Douglas (“Doug”) Nordquist is a retired male high jumper from the United States…..who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics where he ended up in fifth place with a jump of 2.29 meters…and was the US track high jump champion in 1986 and 1988….placing second at the 1984 Olympic Trials behind distant cousin Dwight Stones. He competed…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens High Jump – USA Dwight Stones

DOG ASIDE: Dwight Edwin Stones is an American television commentator….a two-time Olympic bronze medalist at 1972 Munich Olympics and 1976 Montreal Olympics….becoming the first athlete to both compete and serve as an announcer at the same Olympics. During his 16-year career…he was the world record holder three times in the men’s high jump….he won 19 national championships.. Since…