In their last World Championships competing together, our Soviet girls brought their best to the West. Their team was so talented that it almost makes me appreciate open-ended scoring. There is no way they deserved to be anything less than 10 points ahead of the rest of the field. It is almost disgusting how good they all were. Try picking a weak link on this squad.
When fans sit around debating which mediocre Americans will make the World Team, it makes me long for the time when we would pray our favorites would make the latest Russian, Ukrainian or Soviet squad. After 2000, it all went to hell.
What was the average weight on this team? Their bodies all look to be sculpted by God. It is such a shame that the AA scoring was such a joke, because they deserved to dominate the entire meet. Lysenko's wrist injury killed what might've been a most glorious of championships for her in event finals.
As Dawes likes to say, the Soviets walked around the competition floor waiting to polish their latest gold medals. It is a crying shame that others were even allowed to touch equipment while they were competing.
Watch these and tell me you'd rather watch the Beijing Team Finals. Thought so.
Why couldn't they have just competed together forever? The would would've been better off had they simply remain the Unified Team.