FLASHBACK FRIDAY – THE 1995 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Today’s Flashback Friday in SPORTS goes to the 1995 World Championships in Women’s Gymnastics held in Sabae, Japan. The 7-women team consisted of Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, Mary Beth Arnold, Doni Thompson and Theresa Kulikowski. The last three gymnasts would later be “replaced” by Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes and Amanda Borden in the 1996 Olympic gold medal winning line up. They were out of the competition due to injuries. In the team competition, the U.S. women were in medal contention through out the meet trailing behind Romania and fighting China for second. The Russian team fought hard but could not get out of the dreaded fourth place with team captain Svetlana Khorkina. Shannon Miller was competing with an ankle injury. The coaches decided to water down her floor routine but she still pulled through for the U.S. team to help capture the bronze, behind Romania (gold) and China (silver). I’ll never forget the yellow/green carpet on floor. It looked like one giant sting mat. How awesome would it be to tumble on that!
In the all-around competition, Lilia Podkopayeva (Ukraine) brought home the gold, Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) won the silver and Lavinia Milosovici (Romania) got the bronze. The U.S. had a strong performances with Dominique Moceanu finishing in 5th, Kerri Strug in 7th and Shannon Miller in 12th. Here are the winning routines from event finals from the 1995 World Championships.
Vault – Lilia Podkopayeva (Lilia tied with Simona Amanar (Romania) for the gold on vault but we think Lilia’s vault was MUCH prettier)
Uneven Bars – Svetlana Khorkina (proved to be innovative and exciting on bars)
Balance Beam – Mo Huilan (awesome routine, really deserved the gold)
Floor Exercise – Gina Gogean (not an exciting or flashy routine but Gina’s awesome)