Korbut made an immediate impact with a brilliant routine on the asymmetrical bars in the team competition. But then a series of mistakes, which at one point reduced her to tears, meant she finished only seventh in the overall individual standings. The next day she recovered her composure and assured herself a place in Olympic history with her displays on the individual apparatus. "I didn’t feel nervous after the mistakes because I didn’t feel I was competing for medals," she said. "If I was disappointed it was only because I thought I had disappointed the people."
Some great moments from this series of articles in the Telegraph. This was such a big deal at the height of the cold war. How could a commie midget win peoples hearts?