Recollections Of The 1976 Summer season Olympic Video games

I want the Summer season Olympic Video games far more than the Winter model for a reasonably easy motive. I grew up in Texas and there weren’t a variety of probabilities to play a lot Alpine Snowboarding with buddies. In order we put together for the London Video games this week I obtained to enthusiastic about the Olympic moments and athletes that stick in my thoughts, and whereas they have been all around the board I stored going again to the summer season of 1976.

The film Jaws got here out that summer season however I did not see it for a couple of extra years as a result of there was solely a 1 display screen theater in my hometown of Commerce and we hardly ever obtained 1st run films. Jaws in all probability did not make it to city till 1978 or 79′. I do vividly keep in mind the large celebration on July 4th that 12 months as a result of it was the Bicentinnial 12 months, 200 years of America!

When the Montreal video games began in mid July I watched like so much individuals did again then as a result of within the pre-cable days there wasn’t a lot else to look at at evening on TV. As I watched I turned captivated by a 14 12 months previous Romanian lady who specialty was gymnastics, which was a sport that I had by no means watched and knew little or no about. The best way Nadia Comăneci danced and the way she swung round on these bars stored me glued to the Philco TV. She was in truth, lovely in some ways to me. She went on to attain seven good 10’s and gained three gold medals, together with the celebrated All-Round. No one earlier than or since, together with American gymnast like Mary Lou Retton, gave me the identical feeling about gymnastics the best way Nadia did.

The 76′ video games additionally featured maybe the best assortment of American boxers of all time and I feel I watched each match. Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Leo Randolph and Howard Davis Jr. gained gold medals and all however Davis went on to turn into skilled world champions. They have been each bit the Dream Group of boxing. Earlier than you bounce throughout me concerning the 1984 American Boxing group I’m conscious of their greatness too. The 1984 group yielded a document 11 medals, together with 9 golds, additionally a document.

Philadelphia’s Meldrick Taylor and Tyrell Biggs have been amongst these to take gold, becoming a member of Mark Breland, Pernell Whitaker, Paul Gonzales, Jerry Web page, Frank Tate, Henry Tillman and the late Steve McCrory. Evander Holyfield seemingly would have been the 10th gold medalist, however he needed to accept a bronze as the results of a controversial disqualification in a semifinal bout he was profitable handily in opposition to New Zealand’s Kevin Barry. However the man that made the 76′ group my favourite was Sugar Ray Leonard. Exterior of Muhammad Ali I’ve by no means seen a boxer so swish in, and OUT, of the ring.

I do not need to overlook the contribution Bruce Jenner made to the Montreal video games. Earlier than Jenner I had no thought what the Decathlon was however after it was over I knew it was one thing I did not need to attempt. Jenner gained the gold medal and set a world document of 8,634 factors, and like Leonard had a face and persona the cameras could not resist.

What are your favourite Olympic moments and folks?

Source by Cecil Savage