Incredible Performance by Olga Korbut - Munich 1972 Olympics
17-year-old Olga Korbut captured the public imagination with her charismatic and daring performance at the Munich 1972 Olympics.
Olga Valentinovna Korbut (born 1955), also known as the Sparrow from Minsk, is a Belarusian, Soviet-born gymnast who won four gold medals and two silver medals at the Summer Olympics 1972 and 1976 for the USSR team. She became one of the first persons ever to do a backward somersault on the balance beam in competition. She was also the first to do a standing backward somersault on bars, and a back somersault to swingdown (Korbut Flip) on beam. Korbut's first attempt at her uneven bars routine was marred by several mistakes which all but ended her chances of winning a gold medal in the all around. The next day Korbut repeated the same routine in the event finals, although this time successfully. After the boards displayed a score of 9.8, the audience began to whistle, jeer, stamp their feet, and shout vulgar remarks at the judges in disapproval, believing her score to be too low.
The "Korbut Flip" was later disallowed at the Olympic competition because of the high level of risk involved.
Fortunately, we have all these amazing recordings, so subsequent generations are able to enjoy it.
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