Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Compulsories. This was the last competition that compulsories would be competed. USA gymnasts Dominique M, Jaycie Phelps, and Amanda Borden paid a tribute to compulsories doing the compulsory beam performance during the 1996 Olympics gala.
Jair Lynch. Jair Lynch won the only medal for the US men's team during the Parallel Bars finals. He won the silver medal, improving his 6th place finish from the 1992 Olympics. He missed the gold medal by .012.
Svetlana Khorkina. Svetlana Khorkina was strong throughout the team competition, along with veteran Roza Galiyeva, but due to younger gymnasts making mistakes, the Russian team earned a respectable 2nd place in the team competition. During the all-around, Svetlana fell on her original skill on uneven bars. She then successfully completed this element during the uneven bars final, winning the only gold medal for Russia.
Alexandra Marinescu and Simona Amanar. Alexandra Marinescu successfully qualified into the all-around competition. Along with Simona Amanar, although Amanar was in the top 36, she was also the top four Romanian, which did not allow her to compete. Octavian Belu then decided to pull Marinescu out of the all-around claiming that she did not work hard enough. At these Olympics it was perfectly legal as Amanar was in the top 36.
Shannon Miller. Shannon Miller who was inches away from winning gold in 1992, finally struck gold twice. She won the Olympic Gold in team along with her US teammates and an individual beam gold medal. Her medals after the Olympics gave her 18 World and Olympic medals. She became the most decorated US gymnast.
|Soviet Union gymnast Ludmilla Tourischeva won the all-around gold medal while defending her World Championships title. How many gymnasts had accomplished this feat prior?||Gymnastics: 1996 Olympics at Atlanta
0. Lilia Podkopayeva was the first gymnast in 24 years to be the reigning World Champion when they won the all-around gold medal.
Georgia Dome. The Georgia Dome was opened in 1992. Besides the artistic gymnastics competition, the Georgia Dome also hosted basketball and handball.
Kerri Strug. Kerri Strug landed badly on her first vault, and then vaulted once again. Afraid otherwise the US would not win the gold (although they would have), briefly landed on both legs and then was carried off the podium. She was unable to compete in the all-around final or event finals.
Ukraine. Ukraine earned a gold medal in the women's all-around and floor exercise (Lilia Podkopayeva), men's parallel bars (Rustam Sharipov), and rhythmic gymnastics all-around (Ekaterina Serebianskaya) for a total of 4 gold medals.
Floor Exercise. During her first tumbling pass Shannon took a .3 deduction due to landing short, and not putting her hands down during her double layout. With some small other errors and the score of 9.475, took her out of contention for a medal. She ended up finishing 8th.