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1984 Fight: Olympic Games vs Olomouc Friendship Games

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1984 FIGHT!

Opening Assumption: Athletes from the Eastern Bloc would have won all the golds and nearly every medal at the 1984 Olympics had they attended. The 1984 Olympic medals, while amazing accomplishments, do not mean you were “best in the world” in 1984.

Is that actually true? Today, we’re putting it to the test.

  • Part 1: Gymnastics history with Jessica and Spencer. What happened in 1984 and why? What were the Friendship Games, and why are gymnerds so obsessed with them?
  • Should the results from the 1984 Olympics have an asterisk because of who was absent? What about the similarly boycotted 1980 Olympics? What about any event where the top athlete was absent?
  • Why footage from Olomouc is one of the gymternet’s greatest triumphs
  • Part 2: Event-by-event. We take each event in turn and compare the routines, Olympics vs. Olomouc
  • What the Soviet vaulting taught us about the importance of Yurchenkos
  • What Ma Yanhong taught us about ROV and beam choreography
  • Olga Mostepanova’s beam, end of conversation
  • The importance of Irina Baraksanova’s floor, and why Szabo and McNamara getting the same score in the floor final remains a TRAVESTY
  • And finally…our ultimate 1984 verdict

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Highlights
Bars Part 1
Bars Part 2
Beam Part 1
Beam Part 2
Floor Part 1
Floor Part 2

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