Alexander Dityatin interview

Aleksandr Dityatin won eight medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Gymnovosti translated a new interview where he reflects on his career, judging and prospects for the current Russian teams.

ALEXANDER DITYATIN: THE EXPERTS SAID I’D NEVER BECOME A GYMNAST

He was a tall, elegant and consistent competitor.

Click PLAY or watch some Rings on YouTube. (1980)

AA at USA selection camp

1. Simone Biles 59.700
2. Riley McCusker 57.250
3 .Grace McCallum 55.400
4. Morgan Hurd 55.250
5. Ragan Smith 55.050
6. Kara Eaker 55.000
7. Jordan Chiles 54.700
8. Shilese Jones 54.000
9. Alyona Shchennikova 53.350

If they are missing Marta, the scores aren’t showing it.

As always, the Head Coach gets too much credit when athletes win. Too much of the blame when they lose.

history of the moonwalk

The moonwalk is a dance move in which the dancer moves backwards while seemingly walking forwards. …

There are many recorded instances of the moonwalk; similar steps are reported as far back as 1932, used by Cab Calloway. In 1985, Calloway said that the move was called “The Buzz” when he and others performed it in the 1930s. …

The French mime artist Marcel Marceau used it throughout his career …

Jeffrey Daniel taught Michael Jackson the moonwalk. Jackson saw Daniel do the moonwalk dance on Soul Train and had his manager call Soul Train to introduce him to the dancer. …

The dance was popularized in 1983 when Jackson performed it during a television special, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, on March 25 of that year.  …

It’s often wrongly stated that Michael Jackson invented the moonwalk.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook. (end of the song)

CHEERS to the 2008 American Olympics

… 2008 Olympians and alternates were recognized in Boston during the senior women’s final session: women – Shawn Johnson East, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, Bridget Sloan and alternates Jana Bieger and Ivana Hong; and men – Alexander Artemev, Raj Bhavsar, Joey Hagerty, Jonathan Horton, Justin Spring, Kevin Tan and David Durante, alternate.

Corrie Lothrop and Alicia Sacramone Quinn were unable to attend the August 19 recognition.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the 2008 team’s 10-medal performance at the Olympic Games, which at that time was the USA’s most medals since the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and at a non-boycotted Olympic Games. …

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