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1984 Olomouc Friendship Games
Druzhba-84
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City

Olomouc, Czechoslovakia

Dates

August 20-26

Team Gold Medalist

USSR

All-Around Gold Medalist

Olga Mostepanova (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Olga Mostepanova (USSR)
Natalia Yurchenko (USSR)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Maxi Gnauck (GDR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Olga Mostepanova (USSR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Olga Mostepanova (USSR)
Maxi Gnauck (GDR)

Preceded by

1980 USGF International Invitational

Succeeded by

N/A

The Friendship Games or Friendship-84 (Russian: Дружба-84, Druzhba-84) was an international multi-sport event held in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia between 2 July and 16 September 1984 in the Soviet Union and eight other socialist states which boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Although Friendship Games officials denied that the Games were to be a counter-Olympic event to avoid conflicts with the International Olympic Committee, the competition was often dubbed the Eastern Bloc's "alternative Olympics". Some fifty states took part in the competition. While the boycotting countries were represented by their strongest athletes, other states sent their reserve teams, consisting of athletes who failed to qualify for Los Angeles.

Format of Competition

The artistic gymnastics competition was the same as the 1984 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
Team Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Irina Baraksanova
Tatiana Frolova
Natalia Ilienko
Olga Mostepanova
Elena Shushunova
Natalia Yurchenko

Flag of East Germany East Germany

Gabriele Faehnrich
Maxi Gnauck
Astrid Heese
Birgit Senff
Bettina Schieferdecker
Franka Voigt

Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia

Iva Cervenkova
Alena Drevjana
Hana Ricna
Martina Koblizkova
Jana Labakova
Lenka Pitlovicova

All-Around Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Mostepanova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Hana Ricna
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union (USSR)

Flag of East Germany Maxi Gnauck
East Germany (GDR)

Vault Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Mostepanova
Soviet Union (USSR)

Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Yurchenko
Soviet Union (USSR)

N/A Flag of East Germany Maxi Gnauck
East Germany (GDR)
Uneven Bars Flag of East Germany Maxi Gnauck
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Natalia Yurchenko
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of East Germany Gabriele Faehnrich
East Germany (GDR)
Balance Beam Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Mostepanova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Czech Republic Hana Ricna
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Flag of the Czech Republic Alena Drevjana
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Olga Mostepanova
Soviet Union (USSR)

Flag of East Germany Maxi Gnauck
East Germany (GDR)

N/A Flag of East Germany Bettina Schieferdecker
East Germany (GDR)

Notable Moments

  • USSR's Olga Mostepanova won the all-around by scoring perfect tens on all four apparatus. She is the only gymnast in history to accomplish this feat.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 6 1 1 8
2 Flag of East Germany East Germany 2 1 4 7
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 4

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