The 1989 World Championships remains one of the most legendary meets of all time. While the current code of points requires more difficulty, the level of variety, innovation, artistry and quality was far greater in '89. The gymnasts also performed back-to-back tumbling runs which we have not seen in well over a decade.
Newly 'developed' Daniela Silivas led a solid Romanian team that simply didn't have a prayer of contending with the superior Soviets. It is amazing that the Americans were even able to pull off a fourth place finish given the strength of the field and their relative shittasticness. Team Leader Brandy Johnson imploded in optionals, ending any medal hopes for the US Team.
It is difficult to get excited by gymnastics after going back and watching just how incredible the sport once was. Perhaps what is most remarkable is that 1989 was a transitional year with so many top gymnasts retiring or deciding whether or not to continue.
Note that the North Koreans make China's Beijing Olympic Team appear middle aged.