Horse Racing – 1984 – ABCs Jim McKay Special Feature – The Fragility Of The Thoroughbred Horse

An excerpt from an article written in the Washington Post by Andrew Beyer in 2012 best explains why a trainer’s observations of the thoroughbred race horse is so important due to the fragility of these athletes….for “because of the animals’ fragility, thoroughbred trainers everywhere do what Doug O’Neill, the trainer of I’ll Have Another, was doing…

Cycling & Distance Running – 1984 – Special – Highlights Of Race Across America +Distance Running In 1984

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is an ultra-distance road cycling race held across the United States that started in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race.  In length the RAAM is comparable to the Tour de France….but the races differ to a great extent. The courses of both races have varied over the years….however, in the Race Across America, the direction has always been from the west…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Jim McKay Intro To The Preakness – Al Michaels + Dave Johnson Set The Field

ABC Sports was at the head of the pack when it came to live television sports coverage throughout the decade of the 1980’s…..with executive director Roone Arledge at the helm….as Roone had a stable of legendary sportscaster on staff….with the likes Jim McKay, Keith Jackson, Al Michaels, Jim Lampley, Chris Schenkel, Howard Cosell, Al Trautwig,…

Horse Racing – 1988 – Special – Daughter Of Secretariat Tragic Death – Story of Sacs Golden Summer

The daughter of legendary race horse Secretariat….who was probably the greatest thoroughbred race horse to ever grace a racetrack….was a 1st generation filly named Sacs Golden Summer from the incredible blood line of Big Red….who had tremendous value “if she couldn’t beat a fat man racing”….was found dead in her stable on a sad day in 1988….which goes…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Special – Peggy Fleming Performance Of A Butterfly Lovers Concerto In China

This video showcases one of America’s most elegant athletes to ever perform….figure skater Peggy Fleming…who was sent as an unofficial ambassador for the opening of US / China relationships…..and she chose to perform a Chinese written piece called The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto….which has since become a universally performed piece….and the people of China loved it….as…

Horse Racing – 1986 – Kentucky Derby Trophy Presentation – Winner Ferdinand With Bill Shoemaker

Ferdinand (March 12, 1983 – 2002) was a Thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1986 Kentucky Derby and 1987 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was voted the 1987 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. He entered stud in 1989 and was later sold to a breeding farm in Japan in 1994. At the age of 19, Bill Shoemaker was making so much money….as much as $2,500 each…

Gymnastics – 1985 – American Cup Championship – Womens Floor Exercise Finals – USA Mary Lou Retton

The American Cup, formerly known as the AT&T American Cup through a sponsorship arrangement that ended in 2018….is an elite senior level international gymnastics competition that has been held in the United States since 1976….when it is usually held in March or February of each year….which In 2011, it became part of the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics…

Figure Skating – 1987 – European Pairs Championship Finals – URS Ekaterina Gordeeva + Sergei Grinkov

In August 1981, figure skaing coach Vladimir Zaharov paired the 11-year-old Katerina Gordeeva with the 15-year-old Sergei Grinkov…..when because Grinkov frequently missed practice….Coach Zaharov eventually insisted that Gordeeva pair with someone else….but she refused. Instead, the pair changed coaches….as Gordeeva and Grinkov won the 1985 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado…..and the following year they won the…

Daredevils – 1986 – ABC Special – Evil Knievel – The Master Of Daredevil Stunts – With Jim McKay

Daredevils are defined in Websters as “recklessly and often ostentatiously daring”….daredevil….noun…..Definition of daredevil is a recklessly bold person….and there was never a daredevil quite like Evil Knievel….I mean….even the name emits the definition of daredevil in real life….and what a daredevil he was….cuz he used the element of speed to accentuate his daredevil mantra….whether the speed came from…