Chris Waller: How NOT to Confront a Scandal

Chris Waller: How NOT to Confront a Scandal

“Never turn a one day story into a two day story.” The above quote is rather infamous in college football circles. It was popularized by John U. Bacon in his multi-book series covering the internal workings of Michigan football as the program dealt with back-to-back...
Is Oksana Chusovitina the Last Soviet Athlete?

Is Oksana Chusovitina the Last Soviet Athlete?

In a previous article where I did a data visualization of Oksana Chusovitina’s career, one of the comments I saw in response that I found particularly interesting was a person asking if Oksana is the last athlete from the Soviet Union who is still competing. The...
The Great Romanian Gymnasts Who Came Before Nadia (Part II)

The Great Romanian Gymnasts Who Came Before Nadia (Part II)

In Part I of this series I covered the careers of three Romanian gymnasts in women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) who were trailblazers of the Romanian program in the pre-Nadia era. To complete the series, I am going to profile four additional Romanian gymnasts. Elena...
The Great Romanian Gymnasts Who Came Before Nadia (Part I)

The Great Romanian Gymnasts Who Came Before Nadia (Part I)

Note: I want to thank Magda Petrescu who was a big help in my putting this article together. She provided me with numerous notes on Romanian gymnastics history, some of which comes from her own personal work, other information is credited to Emanuel Fantaneanu that...
The Greatest Team That Never Went to the Olympics (Part II)

The Greatest Team That Never Went to the Olympics (Part II)

In Part I of these series, I explained the historical significance of the 1983 Soviets and how unusual it is that not one member of this team went to the Olympics. Below is an overview of each of the six members who comprised the 1983 Soviets. Natalia Yurchenko...
The Greatest Team That Never Went to the Olympics (Part I)

The Greatest Team That Never Went to the Olympics (Part I)

Note: This is a two-part series. The link to Part II can be found here. At the 1983 World Championships in women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG), the Soviet Union won the gold medal in the team competition. What makes this particular result unique in the context of larger...

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