This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

July 17, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 17 to 23 July!


As the 9th edition of EUROGYM -UEG’s Gymnastics for All festival aimed at teenagers- concludes, the Swedish city of Helsingborg bids farewell to the more than 4500 participants who travelled from 22 countries to experience a week of gymnastics and fun amongst like-minded people.



At the Montreal Olympic Games, 14-year-old Romanian Nadia Comaneci causes a worldwide sensation by scoring the first perfect 10 at an Olympics, on uneven bars during qualification. She goes on to score 6 more perfect 10s and wins the all-around title and the gold on bars and beam, adding to the bronze on floor and the silver with the team. A new star is born.



Ukrainians Yulia Domchevska and Olena Movchan produce an excellent routine to win the synchronised Trampoline title at the 2009 World Games in  Kaohsiung (TPE), known as the Olympics for non-Olympic disciplines. For Movchan, this wasn’t her first World Games victory. She also won this title in 1997 in Lahti (FIN) and in 2001 in Akita (JPN), then paired with Oksana Tsyhuleva.



The Atlanta Olympics marked the first Olympic Games were the former states of the Soviet Union competed under their own flag. 4 years earlier, in Barcelona in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, these gymnasts competed under the flag of the IOC as the Unified team.

In the men’s team final, an exciting battle for the medals includes 3 of former states: Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. They competed against each other and China and the USA. Russia, with stars like Alexei Nemov and Sergei Kharkov, scores highest on three events to hold off the Chinese men, and take the team title. Ukraine, led by Grigory Misiutin, beats Belarus, led by Vitaly Scherbo, for the bronze medal by just 0.16!

Enjoy this historic final!



The women’s team of the Soviet Union at the Moscow Olympics featured Nellie Kim, Natalia Shaposhnikova, Elena Davydova, Maria Filatova, Elena Naimushina, and Stella Zakharova. They wowed the crowds and TV audience with their spectacular routines. In the team final they easily beat Nadia Comaneci’s Romania by 1.400.

Watch their routines here: