Golden Olympic Moments – Gymnastics – Uneven Bars
Golden routines of Olympic uneven bars champions in women’s artistic gymnastics from 1972 to 2008.
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Karin Janz (East Germany) – 1972 Munich
Nadia Comăneci (Romania) – 1976 Montreal
Nadia Comăneci, the all-around champion, received perfect scores in all segments of the bars competition–compulsories, optionals, and finals–to capture the gold medal.
Maxi Gnauck (East Germany) – 1980 Moscow
Regarded as one of the most successful gymnasts Germany has ever produced, Maxi Gnauck produces one of the best uneven bars routines to win the event title.
Ma Yanhong (China) and Julianne McNamara (United States) – 1984 Los Angeles
Even though Ma Yanhong was in great pain due to appendicitis, she was intent on finishing the competition and was able to execute a perfect routine to win the bars title. Tying her for the title was Julianne McNamara who performed an equally magnificent routine.
Daniela Silivaş (Romania) – 1988 Seoul
History repeats itself. Just like her compatriot Nadia Comăneci at the 1976 Olympics, the silver all-around medallist Daniela Silivaş received perfect scores in the compulsories, optionals and the finals to win the uneven bars title. She also won the beam and floor title and the bronze on vault.
Lu Li (China) – 1992 Barcelona
Lu Li earned one of the only two perfect scores awarded in the Games for her flawless bars routine.
Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) – 1996 Atlanta & 2000 Sydney
For her innovative routines, Svetlana Khorkina was virtually undefeated on the uneven bars in 5 World and 2 Olympic championships between 1995 and 2001, rightfully earning the title “Queen of the Bars.”
Émilie Le Pennec (France) – 2004 Athens
Khorkina’s uncharacteristic fall from bars left the door open for other gymnasts to have crack at the bars title. Émilie Le Pennec grabbed the opportunity with one of the most technically difficult bars routine in the world, giving France her first ever Olympic medal in women’s gymnastics.
He Kexin (China) – 2008 Beijing
He Kexin and Nastia Liukin (United States) both posted final marks of 16.725. However, He was awarded the gold medal following a controversial tie-breaking procedure that took into account individual marks given by judges.
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- Ladies Singles Figure Skating
- Men’s Gymnastics – Floor Exercise
- Men’s Gymnastics – Pommel Horse
- Men’s Gymnastics – Still Rings
- Men’s Gymnastics – Horizontal Bar
- Men’s Gymnastics – Parallel Bars
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- Women’s Gymnastics – Floor Exercise