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September 25, 1988 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
The Soviet women, who appeared above the fray in the Olympic team and individual competitions, showed some vulnerability in the women's events finals Sunday when Romania's Daniela Silivas won three gold medals and a bronze. Those victories stung all the more as the all-around champion, Elena Shoushounova of the Soviet Union, was stumbling to just one silver and one bronze, acquiring more embarrassment than acclaim. And never mind Romania's medal count after its second-place team finish.
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April 24, 1988 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. gymnasts found out exactly where they stand, which is well behind the Soviet Union. This is more confirmation than revelation, however. Probably everybody is behind the Soviets. But the Americans are strangely consolable; they are taking cheer in the small fact that they are at least not as far behind as they used to be.
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September 20, 1988 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
The thing about the East Bloc nations returning to Olympic gymnastics is that their judges have returned, too. And with the heightened level of competition in a true world game comes a similarly intense level of intrigue. The United States loses at this, too. Their powers of paranoia apparently dulled by the hassle-free 1984 Games, the U.S. women blithely walked from the floor Monday midnight and into a back-room free fall from medal contention before anyone knew what had hit them.
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September 22, 1988 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
When team competition was over, and it finally did end Wednesday night, it was left to the perspective of a 17-year-old girl, a U.S. alternate actually, who had humbly followed her teammates from event to event during the competition, chalking their bars and moving their mats and otherwise performing modest housekeeping duties.
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