A women's team from the Soviet Union -- including World and Olympic Champion Lyudmila Trischeva -- stole the show on the opening day of the 18th World Gymnastics Championships in Bulgaria.
GV Exterior Varna sports stadium
SV PAN INTERIOR Participating countries at opening ceremony
GV Hoisting of a flag
SV Audience take seats
GV Indicator board showing countries participating
GTV PAN from Gymnast doing floor exercises TO another on the beam
GV Olga Korbut performing on beam
SV Crowd applaud
GV Turischeva (Olympic and World Champion) on parallel bars.
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Background: A women's team from the Soviet Union -- including World and Olympic Champion Lyudmila Trischeva -- stole the show on the opening day of the 18th World Gymnastics Championships in Bulgaria.
About 3,500 spectators crowded into the Palace of Sports in the seaside town of Varna to watch Lyudmila and her compatriot, Olga Korbut, excelling in the beam and floor exercises. Lyudmila took first place and Olga second.
They were among the 300 participants from a record 32 countries at the Championships, which ended on Sunday (27 October).
The last Championships were held in Ljubljana (Yugoslavia) in 1970 when 28 countries were represented.
SYNOPSIS: The Palace of Sports in the Black Sea resort of Varna in Bulgaria. More than 300 participants from thirty-two countries fathered for the Eighteenth World Gymnastics Championships, which opened on Monday. The first Vice-President of the International Gymnastics Federation Mr. Takashi Kondo from Japan, addressed the opening ceremony. Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov also spoke to the participants and spectators. He described the Championships as "an impressive manifestation of the youth on this planet for friendship, mutual understanding and co-operation." More than three-thousand-five-hundred people were at the stadium for the opening day.
A strong women's team from the Soviet Union took the lead. It included only two members who took part in the last World Championships in Ljubjana, Yugoslavia, in nineteen-seventy. They were the World Olympic Champion Lyudmila Turischeva and Olga Korbut, a star at the Munich Olympic Games.
Here's Olga Korbut. She's nineteen and a student at the Grodno Teacher's Training Institute. At the Munich Olympic Games in nineteen-seventy-two she was the Gold Medalist in the team score and in free and beam exercises. Olga made her debut at a Russian National Championship in October nineteen-sixty-nine -- four years after she began her intensive gymnastics training, which was designed to make her a star of her country's gymnastic teams. Olga's training, however, started when she was only nine.
Olga took second place at Monday's Championships. The first place went to her compatriot -- Lyudmila Turischeva. Lyudmila -- now performing on the parallel bars -- is the World and Olympic Champion. She's twenty-two.