Perfect 10 routine. To me these routines were the bars are closer together seem more difficult then they do today. Clean throughout and she hit her dismount :)
One thing I like about the bars close together is that you have to be really flexible to do a tkatchev, so they look a lot cooler than the ones now. Her dismount is one of my favorites, and it’s a shame that gymnasts don’t perform it today. It’s completely possible on modern bars and it has an E rating (I think) so I wonder why it’s not performed more often. It’s also really cute how she bows afterwards.
Kelly Garrison-Steves (USA) in the 1988 Olympics EF. She only got 7th?! I love all the unique moves that you would never see in today’s routines, like the semi-Valdez, arabesque hold, back walkover-half thingy, and forward roll. Unlike what we see today, with the exception perhaps of Mohini Bhardwaj, Kelly competed at the Olympics AFTER she had competed NCAA, under Becky Switzer at OU. I believe she was also the first woman to score a Perfect 10.0 on beam in the NCAA!
I was just thinking that it might be interesting to have team event finals. It would be just like regular event finals, except most of the team competes, and whoever gets the highest score gets the recognition of being the best country on bars/beam/floor/vault. The downside is that gymnastics meets are already long enough, and it might be really hard on the gymnasts.