443: Gymnastics’ Greatest Stars (Commissioned)

Oct 13, 2020 | Commissions, GymCastic, Podcast

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Club Gym Nerd members can watch the podcast being recorded (pre-edits with all the bloopers and blunders that don’t make it onto the final show) and see video clips of the gymnastics while we discuss.

This week’s episode has been commissioned by Kim, who asked for an episode all about the 1991 VHS spectacular—GYMNASTICS’ GREATEST STARS

We discuss:

  • Jessica’s show-and-tell primary source artifacts
  • Doris Fuchs Brause, meet interruptions, her skill, and alleged star-crossed Soviet lovers
  • The Vera Caslavska protest (I mean, it is GymCastic…)
  • Olga! Nadia! Nellie being all Nellie!
  • Enthusiastic sexism…?
  • Jessica’s favorite broken kneecap
  • Being personally victimized by the event order
  • Elena Mukhina nightmares
  • Why we don’t talk about Tracee Talavera enough
  • The Nancy Thies compromised cassette tape
  • Tong Fei being the star of the whole thing
  • Bart needing you to know that 1984 WAS NO FLUKE
  • …and a whole lot more, plus what we would include in GYMNASTICS’ GREATEST STARS 2021

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