Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Floor Exercise – Unknown USSR Female + Male Routines

It doesn’t happen often….but every “once in a blue moon” a video rolls up to be posted that encompasses participants that we have no idea who the featured competitors might be…..and in this 1979 USA and USSR gymnastics exhibition seen on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, we have one of those “once in a blue moon” videos.  Now,…

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 – 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. …

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Womens Balance Beam – USSR Stella Zakharova

Stella Zakharova is a retired gymnast who competed internationally for the former Soviet Union between 1977 and 1982. She was an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist in team competitions….and won individual all-around titles at other events…..as she won her first all-around championship at the 1976 All-Union School Spartakiade in Russia…..and that same year she placed second overall in the Junior USSR Championships.…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Womens Uneven Bars – USSR Elena Mukhina – With Jim McKay

Elena Mukhina (June 1, 1960 – December 22, 2006) was a Soviet gymnast….who won the all-around title at the 1978 World Championships in Strasbourg, France…..after which her career was on the rise….and she was being widely touted as the next great Russian gymnastics star until 1979….when a broken leg left her out of several competitions….and the recovery from that injury…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Mens Horizontal Bar – USSR Nicolai Andrianov

Nikolai Andrianov (October 14, 1952 – March 21, 2011) was a Soviet/Russian gymnast…..who held the record for men for the most Olympic medals at 15….with 7 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 3 bronze medals….until USA swimmer Michael Phelps surpassed him at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Andrianov is the third athlete (male or female) in total Olympic medals after Phelps’s 28…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USSR & USA Exhibition With Elena Mukhina + Alexander Detiatin + Marcia Frederick

In this ABC’s Wide World of Sports episode seen herewith…..legendary sportscaster Jim McKay and Cathy Rigby, the 1st American female to ever win a medal is World Championship competition…..provide highlights from the 1979 USA & USSR Gymnastics Exhibition…..which features performances by USSR’s Elena Mukhina on the uneven bars…..Nicolai Andrianov on the high bar…..Stella Zakharova on the balance…

Gymnastics – 1979 -USSR Exhibition Team Acrobatics – Galina Udodova + Tatiana Isaienko + Karchevala

Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and perform figures consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling….which is set to music. There are three types of routines….a ‘balance’ routine at FIG grade 5 and above….where the focus is on strength, poise and flexibility….a ‘dynamic’ routine that is also FIG grade…