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 – 1987 – World Figure Skating Championship – Host Tim Ryan

DOG ASIDE: The 1987 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 10 – 15….as medals were awarded in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.  In men’s singles, Brian Orser of Canada won gold….USA Brian Boitano captured the silver medal…..and Alexander Fadeev of the USSR garnered the bronze medal……whereas in the ladies singles….East Germany Katarina Witt captured the…

NHL – 1987 – Rendez Vous Game 2 – NHL All Stars Vs Soviet National Team – Period 1 + 2

DOG ASIDE: The Super Series were exhibition games between Soviet hockey teams and NHL teams that took place on each NHL opponents’ home ice in North America from 1976 to 1991….as the Soviet teams were usually club teams from the Soviet hockey league….with exceptions in 1983 and 1987….when the Soviet National Team represented the Soviet Union…..and the…

Boxing – Amateur – 1979 – USA Vs USSR – Host Vern Lundquist – Live In Moscow

DOG ASIDE: This 1970 edition of ABC’s Wide World of Sports with host Vern Lundquist….a future broadcasting legend….especially with SEC college football broadcasts….as the USA Boxing Team takes on the USSR in Moscow….as both the USA and USSR teams prepare for the upcoming 1980 Moscow Olympics.  The Americans brought their “young team” to this international amateur boxing competition….leaving…

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…

Track & Field – 1985 – World Championships – Women’s 100m + 4 x 400m + 800m & Mens 110m Hurdles

DOG ASIDE: With the rise of numerous regional championships….as well as the growth in Olympic-style multi-sport events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Pan-American Games…..when competitions between international track and field athletes became widespread.  From the 1960’s onwards….the sport of track and field gained more exposure and commercial appeal through television coverage….along with the increasing wealth of nations….so, after over half…

Basketball – 1982 – FIBA 9th World Championships – USA Vs USSR – 2nd Half

DOG ASIDE: This video is one of those rare treats for a true basketball fan….as the 9th Annual World Amateur Basketball Championships came down to this 2nd Half performance between Team USSR verses Team USA….which took place in Cali, Columbia in 1982….turned out to be a great game….right down to the very last shot….as the “tall…

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…