Young Champion Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut won enthusiastic applause from a large American audience in Houston's covered "Astrodome" stadium on Saturday (10 March).
GTV Soviet gymnasts enter arena
SV Spectators applaud
CU ZOOM TO Programme with picture of Olga Korbut
TV Korbut on bar & Korbut finishing & walking off (2 shots)
SV Liudmila Turishcheva on to bar
SV Turishcheva finishing on bar & somersaulting off to applause
CU Korbut starts acrobatics on uneven parallel bars finishing & walking off (4 shots)
LV Spectators applaud
TV Competitors walk off followed by Korbut waving to cheering crowd (2 shots)
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Background: Young Champion Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut won enthusiastic applause from a large American audience in Houston's covered "Astrodome" stadium on Saturday (10 March).
The petite 5 feet 1 inch (1.54 metres) seventeen-year-old is a member of a Soviet gymnastic team that is currently touring the United States. The Houston, Texas, display was the first of the seven-week tour.
Miss. Korbut first came to the world's attention at the Munich Olympics, where her skill and vivacious personality won her three gold medals and the hearts of millions of spectators and television viewers.
SYNOPSIS: In Texas on Saturday, the Soviet gymnastic team entered Houston's covered 'Astrodome' stadium to begin their first display of a seven-week tour of the United States.
The star of this talented team was Olga Korbut, already a firm favourite with international audiences after her spectacular performance at last year's Olympics. The petite seventeen-year-old was the first on to the balance beam on Saturday, and she gave the Americans their first glimpse of the grace that won her three gold medals at Munich.
Next was Liudmila Turishcheva. She is one of the more senior members of the Soviet team, and is considered by many critics as Miss. Korbut's closest rival.
The balance beam is used solely in women's events, and is only four inches wide.
Olga Korbut again on the uneven bars -- her favourite event. She won an incredible nine-point-seven points out of a maximum of ten in this event at Munich last year.
The uneven bars are one of the more dangerous pieces of gymnastic equipment and Miss. Korbut suffered from a spinal injury only three months ago.
The display over, the Soviet team acknowledges the crowd's applause -- and Olga Korbut gives a demonstration of the appeal that has won her countless admirers.