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1986 Moscow Goodwill Games
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City

Moscow, USSR

Venue

Moscow Olympic Stadium

Team Gold Medalist

USSR

All-Around Gold Medalist

Vera Kolesnikova (USSR)

Vault Gold Medalist

Elena Shushunova (USSR)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Elena Shushunova (USSR)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Vera Kolesnikova (USSR)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Elena Shushunova (USSR)

Preceded by

N/A

Succeeded by

1990 Seattle Goodwill Games

The 1986 Goodwill Games was the inaugural edition of the international multi-sport event created by Ted Turner, which was held from 5 – 20 July 1986. The main stadium was the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Soviet Union. The Games were a response to the Olympic boycotts of the period, which saw the United States refuse to attend the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, and the Soviet Union refusing to attend the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The Soviet athletes dominated the competition, winning 118 gold medals and 241 medals overall. The United States finished a clear second place, with 42 golds and 142 medals in total.

A total of 3000 athletes from 79 nations took part in events in eighteen different sports. The Goodwill Games was the first time in eleven years that elite athletes from Soviet Union and United States competed against each other in a major summer multi-sport event. In contrast to the selection methods of other major competitions, the Games was an invitation-only event. The event was broadcast over 129 hours on TBS in the United States.

Format of Competition

The gymnastics competition was the same as the 1988 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 top five scores per team on each exercise 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 eight 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 he or 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

Vera Kolesnikova
Elena Shushunova
Oksana Omelianchik
Elena Shevchenko
Olga Strazheva

Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria

Bojanka Demireva
Ivelina Raikova
Diana Dudeva

Flag of China China

Luo Feng
Chen Cuiting
Wang Huiying

All-Around Flag of the Soviet Union Vera Kolesnikova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Oksana Omelianchik
Soviet Union (USSR)
Vault Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shevchenko
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the United States of America Joyce Wilborn
United States of America (USA)
Uneven Bars Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Vera Kolesnikova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of North Korea Choi Mil-Hyang
North Korea (PRK)
Balance Beam Flag of the Soviet Union Vera Kolesnikova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Bulgaria Diana Dudeva
Bulgaria (BUL)
Floor Exercise Flag of the Soviet Union Elena Shushunova
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of the Soviet Union Oksana Omelianchik
Soviet Union (USSR)
Flag of Romania Mirela Sidion
Romania (ROU)

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the Soviet Union USSR 6 5 1 12
2 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
3 Flag of China China 0 0 1 1
4 Flag of the United States of America USA 0 0 1 1
5 Flag of North Korea North Korea 0 0 1 1
6 Flag of Romania Romania 0 0 1 1

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