Soviet Gymnastics: Not the Specter of Evil (Commissioned)

Apr 13, 2021 | GymCastic, Podcast

Maria Kondratyevna Gorokhovskaya was a Soviet gymnast who fought Nazis

Maria Gorokhovskaya (USSR) fighting Nazis between workouts at the Siege of Lenningrad.

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Club Gym Nerd member Casey has commissioned an episode all about the greats of Soviet Gymnastics, and how they weren’t exactly the “specter of evil” that NBC told us they were.

  • What do you think of when you think of Soviet gymnastics? Dominance? Ballet? Caviar?
  • How the Soviet Union changed the game immediately upon attending the Olympics for the first time
  • Top 10 Soviet Gymnasts of All Time. Make your pick. No redos. No takebacks.
  • Prof. O’Beirne’s history of the cold war. When did the USSR compete? What made them so successful? Are wolf turns their fault? And why don’t we spend more time talking about Maria Tyshko, Galina Urbanovich, and Maria Gorokhovskaya?
  • That time the Soviets lost, and the epic 1981 world championships cheating conspiracies
  • What might have been for Elena Mukhina
  • What would have happened if the Soviets had competed at the 1984 Olympics?
  • Bogi, Chuso, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the lasting legacy

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2 Comments

  1. Andrea

    Could you guys list the books in the notes please?

  2. Casey

    Wtf, my name is Casey and I love Soviet gymnastics. Did I take an ambien and not remember comissioning this?

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