Back when compulsories were initially dropped, the 1997-2000 Quad appeared to be the worst of times. Perhaps it was just because we were living through the reign of Kristen Maloney and an overabundance of wolf jumps? Looking back, while the level of gymnastics was sorrowful in the USofA, it was superb around the globe.
The personalities alone in the sport were superb. Alexei Nemov. Elena Produnova. Viktoria Karpenko. Svetlana Khorkina. Leonid Arkayev. Belu and Bitang.
And then there was Alexei Bonarenko. So cute. So lovely. And such a Sasha Cohen. Total sadness.
The CBC actually sent cameras to the event, so I've decided to post their feed. They showed far more routines than the ESPN coverage, which relied on the smoggy world feed. If you've ever seen the ESPN coverage, it looks like downtown Beijing in the arena.
God Bless the Ukrainian Team. Sometimes, I like to imagine that Ling Jie will show up competing in that tangerine leotard.
And because they weren't shown: