10 Cool Facts from the 1985 World Championships in Montréal

1. The 1985 World Championships were hosted in Montréal 9 years after the 1976 Olympic Games. 32 years after the 1985 World Championships Montréal will once again host the World Championships in the fall of 2017

2. Last time a tie for the All-Around World Title was registered. Oksana Omelianchik and Yelena Shushunova tied for the gold medal.

3. Originally neither Omelianchik nor Shushunova had qualified to the all-around final but teammates Irina Baraksanova and Olga Mostepanova were pulled from the final to give Omelianchik and Shushunova the opportunity to compete.

4. Daniela Silivas became World Champion on beam aged 13 (she was born in 1972) although at the time she was believed to be 15 (her passport marked her birth year as 1970)

5. Present at those World Championships was Vera Kolesnikova, Viktoria Komova’s mother; those were the only World Championships she participated at.

6. From the 1985 Soviet World Team: Yelena Shushunova, Natalia Yurchenko, Olga Mostepanova, and Irina Baraksanova had participated at the Frienship Games due to the fact that the Soviet Union had boycotted the 1984 Olympic Games.

7. From the Soviet World Team present in Montréal only Yelena Shushunova made it to the 1988 Olympic Games where she became the Olympic All-Around Champion.

8. Both Romania and East Germany had four gymnasts from the 1985 World Championships attending the 1988 Olympic Games. For Romania it was Camelia Voinea, Eugenia Golea, Celestina Popa and Daniela Silivas while for East Germany it was Gabrielle Faehnrich, Martina Jentsch, Dagmar Kersten and Ulrike Klotz.

9. All the medals were won by either the Soviet Union, Romania or East Germany with the exception of Uneven Bars bronze that was won by Hana Ricna who represented, the now extinct, Czechoslovakia.

10. The most memorable routine of those championships was Oksana Omelianchik’s Floor Exercise routine. She scored a Perfect 10 during the event finals and won the World Title on Floor.

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