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…

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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…

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Olympics – 1980 Moscow Boycott – Rowing Team Member Anita DeFrantz

DOG COMMENTARY: Anita DeFrantz (born in 1952) is an American Olympic Athlete (rowing)….member of the International Olympic Committee….and former Vice-President of FISA.  She was captain of the American rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics winning the bronze medal in women’s eight.In 1986, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appointed DeFrantz to lifetime membership in the…

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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…

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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…

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Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid – Pairs Figure Skating

DOG COMMENTARY: If you didn’t know by now….I love sports….sports of all kinds…..that’s why I’m a sportsphile…..not a sports file…..cuz I truly love them all….it must be the competitiveness that is present at every good sporting event….no matter what the sports……and there are a few sports that I find myself riveted to the TV…..I mean,…

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Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid – Speed Skating – USA Eric Heiden

DOG ASIDE: Eric Arthur Heiden (born June 14, 1958) is an American former long track speed skater….who won all of the men’s speed skating races….and thus an unprecedented five individual gold medals….setting four Olympic records and one world record at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States.  He was the…

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Olympics – 1968 Mexico City – Men’s Decathlon – USA Bill Toomey

Ten’s my favorite number. Ten letters in my name. Born January 10, always wore number 10 as a ball player. It had to be the decathlon.” — Bill Toomey DOG ASIDE: William Anthony Toomey (born January 10, 1939) is a former American track and field competitor….and the 1968 Mexico City Olympic decathlon champion.  A graduate of…

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Olympics – 1980 Lake Placid – Biathlon & Cross Country Skiing

DOG ASIDE: Biathlon debuted at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley with the men’s 20 km individual event….while at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble….the men’s 4×7.5 km relay debuted….followed by the 10 km sprint event at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Beginning at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville….women’s biathlon debuted with…

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