Figure Skating – 1988 – Worlds Medal Ceremony – Katarina Witt + Elizabeth Manley + Debi Thomas

The World Figure Skating Championships (“Worlds”) is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union….where medals are awarded in the categories of men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The event is generally held in March….as the World Championships are considered the most prestigious of the ISU Championships….which also include the European Championships, the Four Continents Championships and the World Junior Championships.…

Figure Skating – 1988 – World Championships – Mens Quest For The Quad – Boitano + Browning + Fadeev

This video excerpt from the 1988 World Men’s Figure Skating Championship from Budapest, Hungary features CBS commentators Tim Ryan and Scott Hamilton talking about the “quest for guad” …..talking jumps of course…..with interactions on the subject of quad-jumps in the upcoming long program in the men’s final….while sharing highlights of being backstage with USA Brian Boitano…..seeing…

Figure Skating – 1988 – World Championships Mens Free Skate Finals – CAN Brian Orser

DOG ASIDE:  Brian Ernest Orser (born 18 December 1961) is a Canadian former competitive and professional figure skater….who won silver medals at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and in the 1988 Seoul Olympics….1987 World champion….and an eight-time (1981–88) Canadian national champion.  At the 1988 Seoul Winter Olympics….the rivalry between Orser and American figure skater Brian Boitano….who were the two favorites to win…

Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championships – Featuring Mens Champion URS Alexandre Fadeev

DOG ASIDE: Alexandre Vladimirovich “Sasha” Fadeev (born 4 January 1964) is a Russian former competitive figure skater who represented the Soviet Union…..who is the 1985 World champion and a four-time European champion.   Fadeev won bronze at the 1979 World Junior Championships….and then gold the following year….then In the 1983–84 season, he won his first European title….and stepped onto his first World podium, taking…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Scott Hamilton Showcases History Of Soviet Domination Of Pairs Competition

DOG ASIDE: In this video, American men’s figure skating legend, Scott Hamilton, joins CBS Sports Tim Ryan in a video explanation of the Soviet dominance in international world figure skating competition….especially in the 1970’s and 1980’s….of which we at ImaSportsphile have a goodly share of figure skating videos featuring really outstanding Russian pairs like Ekaterina…

Gymnastics – 1985 – American Cup Championship -Mens Horizontal Bar Finals – CHN Yang Yueshan

DOG ASIDE: The Chinese men’s gymnastics team showed up on the medal stands in Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympic Games by taking 2nd in the team all-around medal with a team consisting of Li Ning, Tong Fei and Li Xaoping, Lou Yun, Li Yuejiu and Xu Zhiqiang….and by the time 1985 rolled around, the…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Ice Dance Competition – Gold Bestemianova + Bukin

DOG COMMENTARY:  This CBS Sports presentation of the 1986 World Championship Ice Dance Competition is brought to you by hosts John Tesh and Scott Hamilton….which showcases certainly the best Russian ice dance pair of all time…..Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin…..who certainly are on the top of the heap with folks like Britian’s Jayne Torvil +…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Women’s World Championship – WGER Claudia Leistner + USSR Kira Ivanova

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1986 Women’s World Championship figure skating competition is brought by CBS Sports with hosts Tim Ryan and Scott Hamilton….but what’s most interesting about this video is that the voice of the narrator on the GDR Katarina Witt and USA Debi Thomas piece sounded like the elegant and eloquent voice of ABC’s legendary Jim…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Review – USA Debbie Thomas + USA Brian Boitano Win Gold

DOG ASIDE:  Debbie Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician….who was the 1986 World champion…. the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist….and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens. Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. national title and the 1986 World Championships….which earned Thomas the ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year…