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 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 – 1986 – Wide World Of Sports 25th Anniversary Special – Tribute To USA Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast…..who won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games….as well as two silver medals….and two bronze medals…..when her performance made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States.    Retton’s routine on the uneven bars included a move that came…

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 – 1985 – 35th NBA All Star Game Special – Pat OBrien Interview With USA Mary Lou Retton

Pat O’Brien is an American author and radio host….who is best known for his work as a sportscaster with  CBS Sports from 1981 to 1997….as well as his work as the anchor and host of Access Hollywood from 1997 to 2004….and The Insider from 2004 to 2008.  O’Brien covered six Olympic Games….with two being for CBS in 1992 and 1994…..and four for NBC in 2000, 2002, 2004…

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 – 1985 – American Cup Championships – Womens Floor Exercise – USA Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast…..who won the gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals….. when her performance made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States.  Retton was inspired by watching Nadia Comăneci outshine defending Olympic two-event winner Olga Korbut on…