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…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Highlights Of 1896 World Championships – Narrated By CBS John Tesh

The 1986 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 18 to 23. At the event, sanctioned by the International Skating Union, medals were awarded in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The ISU Representative was Josef Dědič from Czechoslovakia….and the ISU Technical Delegate was Elemér Terták of Hungary.  Soviet judge Natalia Danilenko was suspended for ignoring a new rule requiring mandatory deductions…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Scott Hamilton Interview DDR Katarina Witt After Winning Gold At World Champ

To hear Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, talk about East German world and Olympic figure skating champion, Katarina Witt, literally took the Western Hemisphere by storm…..for here was this steamy voluptuous German girl from the Eastern Bloc….who skated to the hot music that was from the opera Carmen…..as she stamped her mark all over the ice…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Tim Ryan + Scott Hamilton Introduction To 1987 Womens World Championships

The 1987 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Cincinnati, Ohio in March…..with  medals being awarded in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing…..which resulted with USA Brian Boitano winning gold….with CAN Brian Orser winning silver…..and USSR Alexander Fadeev winning bronze….as DDR Katarina Witt won the women’s gold medal….with USA Debi Thomas capturing the silver medal…..and USA Caryn Kadavy winning the bronze…

Figure Skating – 1985 – John Tesh Showcases Womens World Championship – Katarina Witt + Tiffany Chin

DOG ASIDE: Katarina Witt (born 3 December 1965) is a retired German figure skater….who won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany….first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics….and the second at the 1988 Calgary Olympics…..who was also a four-time World Champion in 1984, 1985 (as seen in this video herewith), 1987 and 1988…as well as being a two-time World silver medalist in 1982 and 1986…..which is…

Figure Skating – 1987 – World Figure Skating Championship – Host Tim Ryan

DOG ASIDE: The 1987 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 10 – 15….as medals were awarded in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.  In men’s singles, Brian Orser of Canada won gold….USA Brian Boitano captured the silver medal…..and Alexander Fadeev of the USSR garnered the bronze medal……whereas in the ladies singles….East Germany Katarina Witt captured the…

Boxing – 1979 – Amateur Boxing – USA Vs East Germany – With Howard Cosell

DOG COMMENTARY:  How could any fan of the art of pugilism not want to hear Howard   Cosell describing all the action as Team USA did battle with Team DDR (East Germany) within the confines of the four posts….just one year before they were to most likely going to see each other again in the ring at the…

Track & Field – 1985 – IAAF World Cup – Womens 400m + 4 x 100m – Mens 200m + 5000m + 4 x 400m

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1985 IAAF World Cup was the first major international competition where the USA Team got to compete against Team USSR and Team GDR (East Germany) since before the 1980 Olympic Games….when the USA and many other western countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics……which led to the Russians and East Germans boycotted the…

Track & Field – 1985 – World Championships – Women’s 100m + 4 x 400m + 800m & Mens 110m Hurdles

DOG ASIDE: With the rise of numerous regional championships….as well as the growth in Olympic-style multi-sport events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Pan-American Games…..when competitions between international track and field athletes became widespread.  From the 1960’s onwards….the sport of track and field gained more exposure and commercial appeal through television coverage….along with the increasing wealth of nations….so, after over half…