Gymnast Olga Korbut charms the World - Faster, Higher, Stronger - BBC Two

  • Published: 02 July 2012
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Comments • 942

  • cindy mananzala martinez

    It's amazing how clear the video is, like it was just filmed yesterday.

    • Dean Maher
      Dean Maher  12 hours back

      It was so elegant why did they make it so masculine today (that dousent mean it’s a bd thing) it was like art back in the day

      • mike talas
        mike talas  23 hours back

        Yeah! Not only did she cry, But the world cried also, then that tremendous dismount on the beam just had me cheering in my livingroom!!! I was 9 years old.

        • Missy Marie
          Missy Marie  1 days back

          She was my favorite over Nadia even. ❤️
          She said she just danced and felt like she was 7again.
          While she barely even looked 7!

          • lynda
            lynda  2 days back

            how lovely to see Olga interviewed! this has made me so happy 😀😊🤗

            • My Name is Gladiator
              My Name is Gladiator  2 days back

              Great story ruined by BBC indifference

              • Valeria Goerzen
                Valeria Goerzen  2 days back


                • Valeria Goerzen
                  Valeria Goerzen  2 days back

                  Вы самая лучшая

                  • Brenda Anne Du Faur
                    Brenda Anne Du Faur  3 days back

                    Ludmilla Tourescheva was more balletic than Korbut which i deeply appreciated because i was in ballet. Ludmilla won the gold all-around I think. But i loved Korbut too.

                    • Brenda Anne Du Faur
                      Brenda Anne Du Faur  3 days back

                      I feel like in those times everything looked much more unique on all the apparatus. Now, to me, everything looks alot alike. The same bouncy split jumps and turns on floor exercise. Something is missing. Amazing how far apart the parallel bars are now. I used to love them closer together. The steps were beautiful.

                      • Ray Hutfles
                        Ray Hutfles  3 days back

                        This takes me back. I remember watching these routines. She became quite the celebrity here in the States.

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                          I loove when gymnastic can dance with heart and have fun, is when sport became an art. Gorgeous dance ♥. Russians have feelings as every person in the world, and are strong too.

                          • gloria olivo
                            gloria olivo  3 days back

                            MUCHO RUIDO POR UNAS CUANTAS MAROMAS...

                            • HappyHalloween
                              HappyHalloween  3 days back


                              • Karen Curtis
                                Karen Curtis  4 days back

                                Beautiful, still today this gives me goosebumps. Xx

                                • Ruan Pienaar
                                  Ruan Pienaar  4 days back

                                  How do tou score 9.9 and not 10. That doesn't make sense to me

                                  • hydrolito
                                    hydrolito  5 days back

                                    When I think of disaster I think of Volcanoes, earth quakes and plane crashes not losing some sporting event.

                                    • busy boy
                                      busy boy  5 days back

                                      to me is still one of the best.
                                      Pure elegance , the girl that stays with you x ever.

                                      • Deckie Deckie
                                        Deckie Deckie  5 days back

                                        That was fixed....that "mistake did more for Olga than the rest of her sport history put together....

                                        • Nehco Oahnait
                                          Nehco Oahnait  6 days back

                                          🙄 Soviet Russians are humans and they cry. What a surprise. 🙄 Guess what? North Koreans are humans as well, just trying to have a life. You got it then, why Americans don’t get it now? 🙄 just because you don’t see them cry? China is still demonized by the US with the worst intentions (Racist and Orientalist) because ‘they are not like us’. You learned no shit from the past.

                                          • Danielle U
                                            Danielle U  1 weeks back

                                            Olga korbut is better than comaneci and Biles ,hands Down

                                            • Under the Surface
                                              Under the Surface  1 weeks back

                                              Olga's floor routines were the world's most beautiful.

                                              • Heriberto Flores
                                                Heriberto Flores  1 weeks back

                                                Y que viva la gran madre RUSSIA

                                                • Think 4 Yourself
                                                  Think 4 Yourself  1 weeks back

                                                  She's over 18 now.

                                                  • I. Wynn Wynn
                                                    I. Wynn Wynn  1 weeks back

                                                    Wow Munich and atlanta games were the most prolific and dynamic yet dangerous

                                                    • Ester Monteiro
                                                      Ester Monteiro  2 weeks back

                                                      5:30 what's this jump called?

                                                      • Priest Morrison
                                                        Priest Morrison  2 weeks back


                                                        • Joshua Fazeli
                                                          Joshua Fazeli  2 weeks back

                                                          Why is this music so creepy?

                                                          • AnotherButt 4chair
                                                            AnotherButt 4chair  2 weeks back

                                                            Oh my goodness what a disaster say all the people that cant do any gymnastics tricks.

                                                            • eddie c
                                                              eddie c  2 weeks back

                                                              This is wack

                                                              • Balbino caimanera
                                                                Balbino caimanera  2 weeks back

                                                                VIVA LA URSS.

                                                                • Yul Gomez
                                                                  Yul Gomez  2 weeks back

                                                                  The floor routine was very basic no double twists or flips boring.

                                                                  • Megan Todd
                                                                    Megan Todd  2 weeks back

                                                                    Yul Gomez The old floor in the 70s had no springs so the gymnasts couldn’t do harder flips or twists

                                                                • Cat Man
                                                                  Cat Man  2 weeks back

                                                                  I remember this.

                                                                  • gail freeman
                                                                    gail freeman  2 weeks back

                                                                    I loved her

                                                                    • thebeatnumber
                                                                      thebeatnumber  2 weeks back

                                                                      He pronounces her name like "Corbett"😂😂😂

                                                                      • justin h
                                                                        justin h  2 weeks back


                                                                        • PersonaX
                                                                          PersonaX  2 weeks back

                                                                          I did a report on Olga in 5th grade. The topic was "a history-maker", and I had no clue whom to write about until I came across an article on her by pure chance. I usually hated doing reports, but Olga's life and accomplishments were absolutely fascinating and I found myself becoming really passionate about my paper, and it ended up being three pages longer than it needed to be. A+. Seriously, what an amazing girl!

                                                                          • I. Wynn Wynn
                                                                            I. Wynn Wynn  2 weeks back

                                                                            Too cute and amazing Olga the warrior ! She herself as well as she on the beam and her floor routine as well as she on the bar in the past with her own flip which was a game changer her Korbut flip. One musical piece for the floor is much better

                                                                            • Blind Squid
                                                                              Blind Squid  2 weeks back

                                                                              The Golden girl Olga Korbut changed gymnastics forever. The most famous of Russians.

                                                                              • buttgoo magoo
                                                                                buttgoo magoo  2 weeks back

                                                                                Something clean and pure about watching these performers compared to now

                                                                                • Freeloving MGTOW
                                                                                  Freeloving MGTOW  2 weeks back

                                                                                  back when gymnastics was both daring and beautiful. Now we have Simon.....

                                                                                  • m. pen
                                                                                    m. pen  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Blah blah blah I don’t know shit about gymnastics so here’s my opinion🤪😂

                                                                                    • Wisdom Seeker01
                                                                                      Wisdom Seeker01  3 weeks back

                                                                                      You guys!! Did you see that giant back hand spring to chest at 5:31?! Beautiful and I’ve never seen that.

                                                                                      • BDGGaddie
                                                                                        BDGGaddie  3 weeks back

                                                                                        She was incredible. But today's po performers do more high risk maneuvers, doubles combined with triples. I was a Nadia fan for sure and Olgs on the beam woo, techniques were simpler back then. But now the evolution is more advanced and Biles is super incredible and is now my favorite.

                                                                                        • Johnny Smallcock and his vile tasting toffees

                                                                                          Look at that tasty little ass- any pictures of her brown shithole?

                                                                                        • sergio pereira
                                                                                          sergio pereira  3 weeks back

                                                                                          she's now 64, i wonder if she can still do some "tricks", not as when she was 17 obviously.

                                                                                          • Truthcoming2light
                                                                                            Truthcoming2light  3 weeks back

                                                                                            I loved gymnastics as a child but when I seen olga on the floor she was the best she took over gymnastics in the 70s she was my hero

                                                                                            • Sylvia Lopez
                                                                                              Sylvia Lopez  3 weeks back

                                                                                              The difficulty of this routine even on the balance beam, is nothing as great as gymnasts today! It was a weak performance when compared to Biles and the others today!