Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup – Womens All Around Floor Exercise – USSR Maria Filatova

In this 1977 Women’s World Cup Gymnastics video seen herewith….. NBC Sportsworld host Charlie Jones….along with his sidekick, Cathy Rigby, behind the mike….provide coverage of the women’s all around floor exercise routine by USSR Maria Filatova.   Charlie Jones (November 9, 1930 – June 12, 2008) was an American sportscaster for NBC and ABC….who  began his sportscasting career at local television…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup – Womens All Around Vault – HUN Marta Egervari – With Charlie Jones

Márta Egervári is a retired Hungarian artistic gymnast….who competed in two consecutive Olympicas for her native country….starting in 1976 at the Innsbruck Winter Games…..and followed by the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games…..with her best result coming in at Innsbruck…..when she won a bronze medal on the uneven bars.  In this video seen herewith…..NBC Sportsworld host Charlie Jones and…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Women’s All Around Vault – USSR Maria Filatova

Maria Filatova is a retired Soviet gymnast who competed at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games and 1980 Lake Placid Olympics…..after beginning to compete for the USSR junior team in 1974…..when in 1976, she placed fourth at the USSR National Championships…..while competing well in various international events. Filatova was originally named as an alternate to the Soviet team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. However,…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Womens Uneven Bars finals – USSR Elena Mukhina

Elen Mukhina took an interest in gymnastics and figure skating at an early age….when an athletic scout visited her school….to which she eagerly volunteered to try out for gymnastics. She later joined the CSKA Moscow (“Central Red Army”) sports club. In recognition of her accomplishments, Mukhina was inducted into the CSKA Hall of Fame. Up until 1975, Mukhina was an…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Womens All Around Floor Exercise – USSR Natalia Shaposhnikova

Natalia Shaposhnikova is a former Soviet artistic gymnast….who was a two-time Olympic champion….and Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR…..as she was known for her risky, original skills and expressive choreography….especially on balance beam and floor exercise.  She was one of the world’s strongest gymnasts in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, especially on vault…..who was known for her difficulty and originality, especially…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Women Uneven Bar – USA Marcia Frederick – With Jim McKay

Marcia Frederick is a retired American gymnast….who became the first American woman to win a gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in the uneven parallel bars in Strasbourg, France in 1978.  After having qualified for the 1980 Olympic team, she was the favorite for a medal in Moscow….but missed due to a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics led by the US President Jimmy…

Gymnastics – 1985 – American Cup Championships – Womens Floor Exercise Finals – ROM Daniela Silivas

We here at ImaSportsphile feel really fortunate to have so much footage of gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi …..cuz he molded the two most notable and historic women’t gymnast to ever grace a gymnastic competition….Nadie Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton…..The Perfect 10 and The 1st American….for the truth be told….until Simone Biles came along…..there have never…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Mens Pommel Horse – USSR Alexandr Dityatin

Aleksandr Dityatin is a retired Soviet/Russian gymnast….who was a three-time Olympic champion….and Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR…..after winning eight medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games….where he set the record for achieving the most medals of any type at a single Olympic Games….the American swimmer Michael Phelps has now twice equaled this record, at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Dityatin’s first Olympic success was at…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Mens Floor Exercise – USA Kurt Thomas – With Jim McKay

Kurt Thomas is an American Olympic gymnast…..who became a member of the US Olympic team at the 1976 Summer Olympics…..then at the 1978 World Championships, Thomas became the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal in floor exercise….and in 1979, he became the first gymnast to receive the James E. Sullivan Award for the best amateur athlete in the US. …