113 minutes | Apr 13, 2021

Soviet Gymnastics: Not the Specter of Evil (Commissioned)

Club Gym Nerd member Casey has commissioned an episode all about the greats of Soviet Gymnastics, and how they weren't exactly the "specter of evil" that NBC told us they were. What do you think of when you think of Soviet gymnastics? Dominance? Ballet? Caviar? How the Soviet Union changed the game immediately upon attending the Olympics for the first time Top 10 Soviet Gymnasts of All Time. Make your pick. No redos. No takebacks. Prof. O'Beirne's history of the cold war. When did the USSR compete? What made them so successful? Are wolf turns their fault? And why don't we spend more time talking about Maria Tyshko, Galina Urbanovich, and Maria Gorokhovskaya? That time the Soviets lost, and the epic 1981 world championships cheating conspiracies What might have been for Elena Mukhina What would have happened if the Soviets had competed at the 1984 Olympics? Bogi, Chuso, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the lasting legacy THE POSTS THIS FRIDAY  Behind The Scenes: Live After NCAA Semifinal I Things Are Happening – April 9, 2021 April 9, 2021 Keeping Up with the Cool GIFs – Regionals April 7, 2021 Top Scores of Regional Championships April 6, 2021 Onward to Nationals April 6, 2021 JOIN CLUB GYM NERD Join Club Gym Nerd or buy a gift membership for access to Behind the Scenes episodes. Behind The Scenes: Beam Smash Regionals Behind the Scenes: Jade as an alternate? Behind The Scenes: March 19 2021 Behind The Scenes: Megan, Harry, Listunova and Oprah Behind The Scenes: Post-Winter Cup Syndrome Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. We have masks too! RELATED EPISODES Anna Pavlova: History and Heartbreak (Commissioned) Gymnastics International 5: 2021 Russian Championships Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 364: 80s Fight! (Commissioned) 365: 1988 Olympics Team Competition (Commissioned) 344: Shushunova vs. Silivas 1988 (Commissioned) 246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview
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