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1987 McDONALD'S CHALLENGE:

The men's competition left spectators gawking, and Valery Lyukin's performance was no exception. Lyukin used a 9.90 on floor to waltz to the allaround title defeating teammate and 1985 World Champion Yuri Korolev. (USGF photos Š 1987, by Dave Black)

By Mike Botkin ducational, it was, to see teams from the United States and the Soviet Union clash on the gymnastics field. Although the odds were stacked against the host squads draped in red, white and blue, what did come out ofthe battle was a renewed sense of direction; a direction which seemed to have been dissipating into oblivion over the past three years. The erosion of the men's team began with the departure of 1984 Olympians Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar, Bart Conner and Jim Hartung. After the first event in the 1985 World Championships in Montreal, the men's team was left standing at the bottom of the mountain looking at an awfully long road back to the top. Injuries plagued the men with Tim Daggett, Phil Cahoy and Brian Babcock all suffering falls off high bar. None competed in this meet, although Babcock was present and ready if called upon. The only gymnast to keep himself

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USA Gymnastics - May/June 1987  

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