The 1996 American Cup was supposed to be an opportunity for the media to salivate over darling Dominique Moceanu. The injured prodigy commanded a great deal of attention without even competing. NBC showed Ms. Annie Leibovitz photographing Domi for her moment in Vanity Fair (aka The Bible.) Annie is the one who told Domi to change her bangs.
Bogi's comeback was beyond endearing. For a girl who struggled with meeting the technical demands of 1992, it was unreal to see her upgrading every event and still working it like no other. Bogi originally worked out with Alexandrov at Karolyi's and with Bela, but then moved with Alexandrov, only to return to Karolyi's. Stronger and more powerful than ever, Bogi brought it in '96 all the way through Olympic podium training.
Kerri Strug competed with the knife of Tara Lipinski in '96. She saw an opportunity and would not be upstaged by anyone. Somehow, I doubt Kerri was too disappointed that Moceanu sat this one out.
Kristy Powell was invited back to prove just how flukey her win was the year before. Injured in the summer of '95, it is a shame that NBC deprived us of seeing her signature grimace on the vault runway. (Powell's run is the second most hilarious of all time---only outdone by the seizures of Laura Martinez.)
Chuso was in town, but you have to admit that she looked much better once she hit 50.
The American men proved why the put on such a showing throughout the '90s. The were up there with out American Pair Teams.
Note that this is one of the few times we would ever get to see Sang Lan compete.