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Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics

At the 1984 Summer Olympics, two different gymnastics disciplines were contested. In addition to the fourteen artistic gymnastics events contested, for the first time at the Olympics, a rhythmic gymnastics event was contested–the women's individual all-around. All of the gymnastics events were held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles from July 29 through August 11. Several teams who had qualified to compete were absent as a result of the 1984 Summer Olympics boycott, including the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, and North Korea.

Gymnastics
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
VenuePauley Pavilion
Dates29 July – 11 August 1984
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This was the first time in Olympic competition that eight gymnasts were allowed to move onto an apparatus final, instead of the previous six.

Due to the boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics by the USSR and other allied countries, there was an 'Alternate Olympics' held where the USSR, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and other nations competed against each other. The Artistic gymnastics segment of the competition was held in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, and the Rhythmic gymnastics segment was held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Artistic gymnasticsEdit

Format of competitionEdit

The artistic gymnastics competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics was carried out in three stages:

  • Competition I - The team competition/qualification round in which all gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, performed both compulsory and optional exercises. The combined scores of all team members determined the final score of the team. The thirty-six highest scoring gymnasts in the all-around qualified to the individual all-around competition. The eight highest scoring gymnasts on each apparatus qualified to the final for that apparatus.
  • Competition II - The individual all-around competition, in which those who qualified from Competition I performed exercises on each apparatus. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast during Competition I and all of the points earned by him or her in Competition II.
  • Competition III - The apparatus finals, in which those who qualified during Competition I performed an exercise on the individual apparatus on which he or she had qualified. The final score of each gymnast was composed of half the points earned by that gymnast on that particular apparatus during Competition I and all of the points earned by him or her on that particular apparatus in Competition III.

Each country was limited to three gymnasts in the all-around final and two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Koji Gushiken
  Japan
Peter Vidmar
  United States
Li Ning
  China
Team all-around
details
  United States (USA)
Bart Conner
Timothy Daggett
Mitchell Gaylord
James Hartung
Scott Johnson
Peter Vidmar
  China (CHN)
Li Ning
Li Xiaoping
Li Yuejiu
Lou Yun
Tong Fei
Xu Zhiqiang
  Japan (JPN)
Koji Gushiken
Noritoshi Hirata
Nobuyuki Kajitani
Shinji Morisue
Koji Sotomura
Kyoji Yamawaki
Floor exercise
details
Li Ning
  China
Lou Yun
  China
Koji Sotomura
  Japan
Philippe Vatuone
  France
Horizontal bar
details
Shinji Morisue
  Japan
Tong Fei
  China
Koji Gushiken
  Japan
Parallel bars
details
Bart Conner
  United States
Nobuyuki Kajitani
  Japan
Mitchell Gaylord
  United States
Pommel horse
details
Li Ning
  China
none awarded Timothy Daggett
  United States
Peter Vidmar
  United States
Rings
details
Koji Gushiken
  Japan
none awarded Mitchell Gaylord
  United States
Li Ning
  China
Vault
details
Lou Yun
  China
Mitchell Gaylord
  United States
none awarded
Koji Gushiken
  Japan
Shinji Morisue
  Japan
Li Ning
  China

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Mary Lou Retton
  United States
Ecaterina Szabo
  Romania
Simona Păucă
  Romania
Team all-around
details
  Romania (ROU)
Lavinia Agache
Laura Cutina
Cristina Elena Grigoraş
Simona Păucă
Ecaterina Szabo
Mihaela Stănuleţ
  United States (USA)
Pamela Bileck
Michelle Dusserre
Kathy Johnson
Julianne McNamara
Mary Lou Retton
Tracee Talavera
  China (CHN)
Chen Yongyan
Huang Qun
Ma Yanhong
Wu Jiani
Zhou Ping
Zhou Qiurui
Balance beam
details
Simona Păucă
  Romania
none awarded Kathy Johnson
  United States
Ecaterina Szabo
  Romania
Floor exercise
details
Ecaterina Szabo
  Romania
Julianne McNamara
  United States
Mary Lou Retton
  United States
Uneven bars
details
Ma Yanhong
  China
none awarded Mary Lou Retton
  United States
Julianne McNamara
  United States
Vault
details
Ecaterina Szabo
  Romania
Mary Lou Retton
  United States
Lavinia Agache
  Romania

Rhythmic gymnasticsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual all-around
details
Lori Fung
  Canada
Doina Staiculescu
  Romania
Regina Weber
  West Germany

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)55616
2  China (CHN)54211
3  Romania (ROU)5229
4  Japan (JPN)3339
5  Canada (CAN)1001
6  France (FRA)0011
  West Germany (FRG)0011
Totals (7 nations)19141548


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