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PostSubject: Great Gymnasts from Minor Countries   Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:47 am

This was done before on the IG Forum a while back...When we think of old school gymnastics, we usually think of the USSR or Romania. But from the '70s through 1992 there were great gymnasts from second or even third-tier gymnastics countries who were great. They were overlooked because they weren't from a major gymnastics superpower. Who are some of your favorite gymnasts from minor countries in the old school era? Some of mine include:

Henrietta Onodi.

Kathy Johnson. Keep in mind that the USA was considered a second-tier country in the '70s and '80s because of judging biases. Johnson was respected by the Soviet coaches at the 1978 Worlds for her 8th place AA finish and bronze medal on floor.

Patrizia Luconi. Had an original vault and beam mount.

Luisa Portacarrero. Even though she competed past 1992, she was great on beam and has an original move on that apparatus. Who would have thought that a Guatemalan would make a World Championship final?
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PostSubject: Re: Great Gymnasts from Minor Countries   Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:21 am

Someone posted the entire 1979 Champions All...Kathy Johnson did extremely well until FX. Sad [edit] some sort of music mix-up threw her off completely.

Part 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7re84K5cso

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PostSubject: Re: Great Gymnasts from Minor Countries   Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:01 am

I absolutely adore Diana Dudeva. I don't even know why. She will always be one of my favorites.
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PostSubject: Re: Great Gymnasts from Minor Countries   Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:40 pm

Bulgarian Silvia Mitova was a wonderful Floor competitor in 91/92.
She retired after a back injury.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQjKu87m8ys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUYI3-y4bBA
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PostSubject: Re: Great Gymnasts from Minor Countries   Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:50 pm

Ozrussia wrote:
Bulgarian Silvia Mitova was a wonderful Floor competitor in 91/92.
She retired after a back injury.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQjKu87m8ys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUYI3-y4bBA

Wow! I loved those! Especially the first with all the interesting dance elements.

RMAO at the commentators on the first one....if only that were still true. Laughing

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