Thursday, April 25, 2013

Flashback: 1989 National Champ Event Finals

I love these old school videos that USA Gymnastics keeps uploading to YouTube. They're hopelessly 80s from the segment music to the leos to the uneven bar routines. This event has come a long way since the golden age of the sport (which is the 80s, in my opinion). While you can make the case that certain ultra-difficult moves on beam and floor that are highly rated today were being done 20 years ago, you cannot make the same case for the bars. Uneven bars is a completely revolutionized event today when compared to what it was in the 80s.

Bart Conner, however, remains unchanged. Has that man aged in the past two decades? Has he struck some sort of Faustian bargain to keep from aging? Or does he have a grotesque Dorian Gray-like portrait stowed in an attic in Oklahoma somewhere? I simply must know.

Also interesting is the discussion of judging with Muriel Grossfeld at around 24:48 in the video.


gym fan said...

Hi Dvora,...In honor of Muriel Grossfield, have you made your reservations to Israel in July to watch the international Maccabi gymnastics meet..your friend Aly is the guest of honor!

Dvora Meyers said...

I'm actually trying to work on just that. I'll see what I come up with.

gym fan said...

Great..looking forward to meeting you...and now that you are such a big celebrity, perhaps they will invite you to be on Israel's version of Dancing with the Stars!

Dvora Meyers said...

"Trying" is the operative word here. If I don't manage to get a free trip, I'm afraid I'll have to watch from afar.

And surely Israel has more legit celebrities than bloggers who write about gymnastics and Judaism. In fact, I know you guys do--I've read about them.