Thursday, August 14, 2008
Olympics--Is Gymnastics Better Today?
Maybe. And Maybe not. There are some amazing feats of athleticism. Some things truly are more advanced; routines are more daring. The tumbling is incredible. But for me something is missing. The flair of yesteryear is long gone. The grace, beauty and sure-footedness of the USSR's Olga Korbut and Romania's Nadia Comaneci have disappeared with rare exception--Nastia Liuken is my top favorite today.
Without saying much more, YouTube is a wonderful tool. Everything is on YouTube. Everything including historic gymnastics performances. Go ahead and watch. It's incredible to see what they were doing back then. Things that still stand out today.
Olga Korbut 1972 uneven bars
Olga Korbut floor
Olga Korbut beam
Nadia's 1976 perfect beam
Nadia's 1976 perfect uneven bars
Nadia's 1977 floor excercise
Other Amazing gymnasts:
Svetlana Khorchina 2000(3 time Olympian, 2 golds on bars)
Mary Lou Retton 1984 gold all around
Cathy Rigby 1968
My Issues: Olympics