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 – 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 – 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…