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PostSubject: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Sun May 23, 2010 7:58 pm

I posted this over on IG, but I thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well. Most of these are old-school documentaries.


Documentaries are my favorite genre of film, and there is nothing I love more than a great documentary on my favorite sport. I think that we ought to make a list of the best gym documentaries that we have seen, so everyone can get a chance to watch them! (Sorry, some of these are in different languages)

Here are some of my favorites (I will try to include links when possible)

You in Gymnastics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RW9_GSOzX0
Great Soviet doc from 1978 I believe. Smile

The Secret of Deva
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDxmeQd5-9w
Great Romanian doc from 2004 (?)

Olga Korbut Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izzwAySYuio
Interesting 1973 doc.

Natalia Yurchenko Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKlIRO59YP0
Beautiful.

Ludmilla Tourischeva Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6L0Qs1kJIg
Very Happy

Gymnastics in the Summer Olympics (French)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR79WfkDBBw&feature=PlayList&p=8B6736EFC130AF02&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1
It is good. Sorry, it looks like I put that in huge URL or something. :rolleyes:

Road to Glory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCbctq_QRtc
Pretty cool British doc.

Chinese Gymnastics Documentary (Not sure of the actual title)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDkHmrG2IhU&feature=PlayList&p=FA9398BD20B29C29&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=5
Very Interesting stuff

1983 Soviet Documentary (English)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MjcWEpnEjg&feature=related
Such great talent in this era.

Romanian Documentary (English)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz0qEDMb7PY&feature=related
Commentary from Nadia and others.

Romanian Training Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4BCcVkd7cA&feature=related
Very Happy

Broken Dolls (Slomannie Kukolki)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KsEd05xqoc&feature=PlayList&p=2E36871A3A888352&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=20
Sad.

Dreaming (RSG)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcCjg50dVTA&feature=related

Another Korbut one, I cant find the whole thing anymore. It is very eye opening.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7RB5qhO5MY


Those are all I can think of right now. I would love to hear about more! I am getting a little bored with the ones I watch over and over again.

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1994 RSG WC Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U56NP...eature=related
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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Sun May 23, 2010 8:02 pm

Wow! I saw the thread over there but never got around to commenting. Thanks for pulling all these together; some I've not seen, but will see soon. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Sun May 23, 2010 10:47 pm

Just started watching these...totally awesome. Just wish I understood Russian.

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Tue May 25, 2010 12:11 am

Back to watching...

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Tue May 25, 2010 12:38 am

Wow, Mukhina looks so sad in that first one. Sad And it is fascinating that the Soviets still had a live pianist for training. Didn't they stop using live music for competitions sometime prior to 1970?

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Tue May 25, 2010 4:16 pm

I would really like to know what the coach was saying to Mukhina towards the end of Part II of 'You in Gymnastics'. Anyone know Russian? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Thu May 27, 2010 1:03 pm

The 1994 RSG Documentary isn't working Crying or Very sad It says the link has a maliformed ID?
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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Thu May 27, 2010 1:23 pm

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The 1994 RSG Documentary isn't working Crying or Very sad It says the link has a maliformed ID?

Hi, see my edit at the bottom of the OP. I *think* that's the video that was supposed to be linked to.

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Thu May 27, 2010 1:59 pm

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The 1994 RSG Documentary isn't working Crying or Very sad It says the link has a maliformed ID?

Hi, see my edit at the bottom of the OP. I *think* that's the video that was supposed to be linked to.

It works now, thanks Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Thu May 27, 2010 2:01 pm

No problem! Wink

BTW, are you SvetlanaBaitovaFan? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Thu May 27, 2010 2:14 pm

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No problem! Wink

BTW, are you SvetlanaBaitovaFan? Very Happy
Haha yep, I thought most people here would be from IG so they would know it's me.
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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Thu May 27, 2010 2:18 pm

Wink I was scratching my head last night, because when I tried to activate your account, the software claimed you weren't in the database...I was wondering what was going on. But I finally got it activated, and just now I finally guessed based on the 'SBF'. Very Happy So nice to see you here!

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:42 pm

Here's one that was just uploaded, about Elena Mukhina and Tatiana Groshkova. And it's in ENGLISH!!! Very Happy Very sad, though. Sad And I will warn you, it is a bit of an exposé/hitpiece, particularly parts 2-4 which aren't about Mukhina/Groshkova.

Part 1 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCmMSB0VyBw


Part 2 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1ircdj_3QU
Part 3 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92U6QfmS-Sw
Part 4 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PotEyVmUD_0

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PostSubject: Re: Must-see gymnastics documentaries.   Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:42 am

I'm sleepless so I'm watching the one about Natalia Yurchenko now...lovely indeed. I love how they chose my favorite Chopin prelude for the music at the beginning. Smile

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