Music – 1980 – Chuck Mangione – Feels So Good – Put To USA Dorothy Hamill Ice Staking Exhibition

Chuck Mangione is an American flugelhorn player, trumpeter and composer….who was a member of Art Blakey’s band….and co-led the Jazz Brothers with his brother, Gap. He achieved international success in 1977 with his jazz-pop single “Feels So Good”…..as heard in this video of figure skating’s Olympic gold medalist USA Dorothy Hamel’s 1979 exhibition seen herewith….as Mangione has released more than 30…

Gymnastics – 1979 – USA & USSR Exhibition – Floor Exercise – Unknown USSR Female + Male Routines

It doesn’t happen often….but every “once in a blue moon” a video rolls up to be posted that encompasses participants that we have no idea who the featured competitors might be…..and in this 1979 USA and USSR gymnastics exhibition seen on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, we have one of those “once in a blue moon” videos.  Now,…

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 – 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 – 1985 – American Cup Championships – Womens Floor Exercise Finals – ROM Daniela Silivas

We here at ImaSportsphile feel really fortunate to have so much footage of gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi …..cuz he molded the two most notable and historic women’t gymnast to ever grace a gymnastic competition….Nadie Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton…..The Perfect 10 and The 1st American….for the truth be told….until Simone Biles came along…..there have never…

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 – 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 – 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…