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1980 USGF International Invitational
1980 olympic team
The American men's and women's gymnastics teams

City

Hartford, USA

All-Around Gold Medalist

Li Cuiling (CHN)

Vault Gold Medalist

Marcia Frederick (USA)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Zu Zheng (CHN)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Ma Yanhong (CHN)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Wen Jia (CHN)

Preceded by

N/A

Succeeded by

1984 Olomouc Friendship Games

The 1980 USGF International Invitational was held in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. This competition served as an alternate Olympics.

On January 20, 1980, United States president Jimmy Carter announced that the US would boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A number of other countries also boycotted the games, though some athletes from some of the boycotting countries participated in the games, under the Olympic Flag. This prompted the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Nations who sent athletes to this competition included Japan, China, USA, Switzerland, West Germany, Italy, Norway, Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Israel.

Format of Competition

The gymnastics competition was the same as the 1980 Summer Olympics. It 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 six 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 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 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 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.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Flag of China Li Cuiling
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Marcia Frederick
United States of America (USA)
Flag of China Chen Yongyang
China (CHN)
Vault Flag of the United States of America Marcia Frederick
United States of America (USA)
Flag of China Li Cuiling
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Lisa Zeiz
United States of America (USA)
Uneven Bars Flag of China Zu Zheng
China (CHN)
Flag of China Chen Yongyang
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Marcia Frederick
United States of America (USA)
Balance Beam Flag of China Ma Yanhong
China (CHN)
Flag of China Li Cuiling
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Marcia Frederick
United States of America (USA)
Floor Exercise Flag of China Wen Jia
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Lynn Lederer
United States of America (USA)
Flag of the United States of AmericaKelly Garrison-Steves
United States of America (USA)

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of China China 4 3 1 8
2 Flag of the United States of America USA 1 2 4 7

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