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In 1972, watched by a huge new primetime television audience, the unknown 17 year old from the Soviet Union was a sensation. Never before had the Olympics seen a gymnast like this -- small, supple and smiling. Her floor exercise captured hearts with its impish charm and Olga's own childlike delight in her performance.
Daring and danger, skill and beauty combine as this series telling the history of the Olympics continues with the story of gymnastics at the modern Games.
It explores a never-ending pursuit of perfection by athletes constantly pushing their sport to greater and greater levels of technical difficulty, both on the floor and up on the high apparatus. Like Olga Korbut, who transformed gymnastics with revolutionary new routines that risked everything in Munich in 1972; and Nadia Comaneci, who picked up the baton and went one further by scoring the first perfect ten out of ten in an Olympics at Montreal in 1976.
Faster, Higher, Stronger | Episode 2 of 4 | BBC Two
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