Gymnastics – 1979 – Womens World Championships Highlights – ROM Comaneci + URS Mukhina + DDR Gnauck

The 20th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Fort Worth, Texas in 1979. In November 1977 the 55th FIG Congress, held in Rome, changed the cycle of world championships….since 1979 they were to be held each two years…..and the pre-Olympic ones were to be qualifications for the Olympic tournament. The first 12 teams in the team competition of the 1979…

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 – 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 – Womens European Championships – Featuring Nadie Comaneci + Elena Mukhina

DOG COMMENTARY:   The 12th European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in Copenhagen, Denmark in September of 1979….which featured some of gymnastics most notable legends of the sport….including Romania’s Nadie Comaneci and Emilia Eberle….along with Russia’s Elena Mukhina and Natalia Shaposhnikova….as three of the four would win the gold in at least one of the women’s disciplines….with Comaneci…