No sport in L.A. will be more of a delight to behold than rhythmic gymnastics, a "new" Olympic event actually making a comeback of sorts to the Games. As the story on pages 236 to 239 explains in detail, rhythmic differs from the more familiar brand of gymnastics in the athlete's use of a ribbon or other paraphernalia and her own lithe form to create a pleasing, and often amazing, eyeful. U.S. women are just learning this sport, but clearly Stacy Oversier (right et seq.), Valerie Zimring (who makes her bow in the inset on the next spread) and Michelle Berube (who first appears in the top inset of the fourth spread) are no novices when it comes to serving up savory sights.
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July 18, 1984
- By Craig Neff
This aquatic creature with an incredible 7'4‚Öù" wingspan is the Albatross—a.k.a. Michael Gross of West Germany—who has set world records in freestyle and butterfly and is the swimmer most likely to soar to a multiple gold medal Performance in Los Angeles
- A STAR WAS BORN 137By William Oscar Johnson
Dashing Buster Crabbe was the perfect hero for the '32 Games, to which Hollywood 'luminaries' flocked. He cracked Japan's dominance of men's swimming, then broke into the movies to become King of the Serials
- By William Taaffe
ABC war-horse Jim McKay, better known to friends as Maryland horseman Jimmy McManus, is charging out of the gate for his 10th and perhaps final Olympics
The times (E.D.T.) given below of the Games telecasts are according to ABC's schedule, but the listing of events for each broadcast is SI's view of what is most likely to be newsworthy during that time slot. The network will determine, as the Olympics in Los Angeles unfold, which events will be put on the air.
- By Douglas S. Looney
Dan Gable willed himself to become the best U.S. wrestler ever. Now he's applying his singular dedication to coaching the American team in L.A.