Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Womens Balance Beam – ROM Nadia Comaneci – With Jim McKay

In a Sports Illustrated article written about the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games women’s gymnastics competitor from Romania, Nadia Comaneci was the following description….“At Montreal, Nadia Comăneci received four of her seven 10’s on the uneven bars….which is an apparatus that demands such a spectacular burst of energy in such a short time….only 23 seconds….that it…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Mens Parallel Bars – USA Kurt Thomas – With Jim McKay

Two gymnastic moves were named for Kurt Thomas….the Thomas Flair….which is a pommel horse move ….and the Thomas salto….which is his signature skill on floor exercise….encompassing a tucked 1.5 backward salto with 1.5 twist into a roll out….which is a difficult and dangerous skill even by today’s standards. The Thomas Flair on pommel horse….which he also performed on floor….was developed over years…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Jim McKay Interviews 19 Yr Old ROM Nadia Comaneci On Future

Jim McKay was an American television sports journalist…..who is best known for hosting ABC’s Wide World of Sports from 1961 to 1998…..where his introduction for that program has passed into American pop culture….in which viewers were reminded of the show’s mission of “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports”….along with what lay ahead in “the thrill of victory and the…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Romania Women Exhibition In NYC Special – On What Team Did In NYC On Day Off

This video seen herewith provides a wonderful look into a day spent in New York City by the Romanian women’s gymnastic team during their stay while performing in a USA – Romania gymnastics exhibition…. as ABC’s Jim McKay covers the activities of the team while touring The Big Apple.  As I write this post, I can…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Men High Bar USA Kurt Thomas – With Jim McKay + Bart Conner

Kurt Thomas earned All-America honors 13 times in his career….and was the James E. Sullivan award winner in 1979….as well as the 1979 Nissen Award (the “Heisman” of men’s gymnastics) awardee.  He was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2010. Thomas became a…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC Highlights Of Peter Kormann + Nadia Comaneci + Kurt Thomas

ABC Wide World of Sports host Jim McKay provides coverage of the New York City gymnastics exhibition at Madison Square Garden in 1980 in this video herewith….as McKay provides highlights of USA Peter Kormann in the floor exercise…..which is the discipline that garnered him an Olympic bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics…..when Kormann won the 1st…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Womens Floor Exercise – ROM Emilia Eberle – With Jim McKay

Emilia Eberle is a retired Romanian gymnast of German-Hungarian descent…..who took up gymnastics at the age of 7….while following her mother into the sport…..when at the time she was coached by Judita Varkony and Pavel Rosenfeld….and later like Nadia Comaneci, Daniela Silva and other great Romanian gymnasts, was trained by Béla Károlyi and Márta Károlyi….before they defected from Romania to the United States…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Mens Floor Exercise Finals – USA Peter Kormann

Peter Kormann is a retired American gymnast and gymnastics coach….who became the first American to medal in competition against the Soviets….when he won a bronze medal in the men’s floor competition …. which was also the first Olympic medal of any type won by an American gymnast in 44 years. Kormann competed for Southern Connecticut State University under coach Abie Grossfeld….when in…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Exhibition In NYC – Womens Floor Exercise – ROM Nadia Comaneci – With Jim McKay

Nadia Comăneci began gymnastics in kindergarten with a local team called Flacăra (“The Flame”)….with coaches Duncan and Munteanu….when at age 6, she was chosen to attend Béla Károlyi’s experimental gymnastics school after Károlyi spotted a friend and her turning cartwheels in a schoolyard….as Károlyi was looking for gymnasts he could train from a young age….and saw the two girls during recess….so,…