Friday, August 31, 2012
A few routines from the Americans of '72 by Cathy Rigby and Joan Moore (Jeana Rice's mother.) The Americans were regularly lowballed back in the early '70s. It is amazing that the Americans competed at 8:30 a.m. during those Olympic Games. How times have changed.
Cathy tied for the final spot in beam finals with an East German but was denied a spot in the finals due to a tie breaker. Back then, only six girls competed in event finals.
Team USA on vault and bars.
Joan Moore became the first female gymnast to perform a double full on floor and was grossly underscored.
Cathy Rigby was labeled a failure by ABC Sports. Cathy said it took twenty years to get over the humiliation.
Cathy did her aerial in AA Finals, yet her score failed to go up and ABC continued to harp on her being a failure.
Uneven Bar Finals
Balance Beam Finals
Floor Exercise (Lazakovitch is thought to have deserved the gold. When she saw Tourischeva move ahead of her, she fled the arena in tears.)