Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup Championships – Womens All Around Vault – USSR Elena Mukhina

The sad truth about USSR world champion gymnast Elena Mukhina….seen in this video herewith…..is that she spent the final 26 years of her life in bed or in a wheelchair….after sustaining a spinal injury attempting a dangerous men’s element the Thomas salto during a floor exercise routine just three years after this 1977 World Chp….whereby her condition…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup – Womens All Around Floor Exercise – USSR Maria Filatova

In this 1977 Women’s World Cup Gymnastics video seen herewith….. NBC Sportsworld host Charlie Jones….along with his sidekick, Cathy Rigby, behind the mike….provide coverage of the women’s all around floor exercise routine by USSR Maria Filatova.   Charlie Jones (November 9, 1930 – June 12, 2008) was an American sportscaster for NBC and ABC….who  began his sportscasting career at local television…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Women’s All Around Vault – USSR Maria Filatova

Maria Filatova is a retired Soviet gymnast who competed at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games and 1980 Lake Placid Olympics…..after beginning to compete for the USSR junior team in 1974…..when in 1976, she placed fourth at the USSR National Championships…..while competing well in various international events. Filatova was originally named as an alternate to the Soviet team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. However,…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Womens Uneven Bars finals – USSR Elena Mukhina

Elen Mukhina took an interest in gymnastics and figure skating at an early age….when an athletic scout visited her school….to which she eagerly volunteered to try out for gymnastics. She later joined the CSKA Moscow (“Central Red Army”) sports club. In recognition of her accomplishments, Mukhina was inducted into the CSKA Hall of Fame. Up until 1975, Mukhina was an…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Womens All Around Floor Exercise – USSR Natalia Shaposhnikova

Natalia Shaposhnikova is a former Soviet artistic gymnast….who was a two-time Olympic champion….and Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR…..as she was known for her risky, original skills and expressive choreography….especially on balance beam and floor exercise.  She was one of the world’s strongest gymnasts in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, especially on vault…..who was known for her difficulty and originality, especially…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Mens Pommel Horse – USSR Alexandr Dityatin

Aleksandr Dityatin is a retired Soviet/Russian gymnast….who was a three-time Olympic champion….and Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR…..after winning eight medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games….where he set the record for achieving the most medals of any type at a single Olympic Games….the American swimmer Michael Phelps has now twice equaled this record, at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Dityatin’s first Olympic success was at…

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 Balance Beam – USSR Stella Zakharova

Stella Zakharova is a retired gymnast who competed internationally for the former Soviet Union between 1977 and 1982. She was an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist in team competitions….and won individual all-around titles at other events…..as she won her first all-around championship at the 1976 All-Union School Spartakiade in Russia…..and that same year she placed second overall in the Junior USSR Championships.…

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…