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Olga Korbut - 1972 Munich Olympics - Womens Gymnastics

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Olga Korbut - 1972 Munich Olympics - Womens Gymnastics

Gymnastics - 1972 Munich Olympics - Womens Uneven Bars
The USSRs Olga Korbut on the way to winning the silver medal in the uneven bars in the Sports Hall, Olympic Park, Munich, West Germany.
At the 1972 Games the 17 year-old Korbut won gold medals in the balance beam, floor exercises, and team event, and a silver in the uneven bars. Her open display of emotion and tears, after a disastrous uneven bars routine cost her a medal in the individual competition, captivated the Munich audience and endeared her to millions watching on television

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This print captures a defining moment in Olga Korbut's gymnastics career at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In this image, taken by Colorsport photographer Stewart Fraser, we witness the USSR's talented athlete on her way to winning the silver medal in the uneven bars event held at Olympic Park's Sports Hall in West Germany. At just 17 years old, Korbut showcased her exceptional skills throughout the Games. She secured gold medals in balance beam, floor exercises, and team events while also earning a well-deserved silver in uneven bars. However, it was during the individual competition that tragedy struck for this young gymnast. After an unfortunate performance on the uneven bars routine cost her a medal opportunity, Korbut openly displayed raw emotion and shed tears of disappointment. This vulnerable moment endeared her not only to those present at Munich but also to millions watching from around the world through their television screens. Colorsport Images has masterfully captured this iconic scene that perfectly encapsulates both triumph and heartbreak within one frame. The photograph serves as a testament to Olga Korbut's indomitable spirit and resilience despite facing setbacks along her remarkable journey as one of gymnastics' most beloved figures.

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