US STAR GYMNAST DIES

skatingfan5

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Yes, 64 is much too young. :( I remember watching him competing back in the 70s. May he Rest In Peace.
 

olympic

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It was in the 78 and 79 timeframe that I got interested in gymnastics, even before FS, so I have very clear memories of him. Moves on the FX and Pommel Horse named after him. His Salto on the FX was amazing 😞
 
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genevieve

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Just watched a few of his routines. God, gynmastics were so much prettier then. RIP.
 

bardtoob

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Kurt Thomas was exceptionally gifted. I am sorry to hear about his passing away.

While his attempt to make the 1992 Olympic Team was unsuccessful, he showed he was still capable of performing eye catching gymnastics at age 37-38.

 
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HeatherC

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I saw this news on Twitter earlier tonight and it made me so sad. He was such a gorgeous gymnast and a great guy. He will be missed for sure. Sending lots of love and prayers to his loved ones. RIP :fragile: :(
 

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I don't remember him competing in the 70s, but I do remember him trying to make a comeback attempt in 1992 and I really respected that. I watch videos of the past and it was lovely, so much more fun to watch. He was so innovative. RIP.
 

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Oh I'm really sad to hear the news of his death. I remember him very well and his Thomas Flair move. May he RIP.
 

barbk

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Sadness. I saw Kurt Thomas (and Bart Connor) at practice at UCLA before a competition in the late 70's. He was an amazing gymnast.

RIP.
 

olympic

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Sadness. I saw Kurt Thomas (and Bart Connor) at practice at UCLA before a competition in the late 70's. He was an amazing gymnast.

RIP.
I just remember in that time frame how quickly Thomas and Connor elevated US men's gymnastics. AT 1979 Worlds, He won the silver only behind Alexander Ditiatin and Connor was 5th. They broke thru to the podium as a team to Bronze and there was a feeling that the US was going to do well at Moscow (then again, Thomas wasn't named to the team IIRC?)
 

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I just remember in that time frame how quickly Thomas and Connor elevated US men's gymnastics. AT 1979 Worlds, He won the silver only behind Alexander Ditiatin and Connor was 5th. They broke thru to the podium as a team to Bronze and there was a feeling that the US was going to do well at Moscow (then again, Thomas wasn't named to the team IIRC?)
After the boycott was announced, Thomas turned pro and didn’t participate in Olympic Trials, which were held after it was clear there was no way the US was going. That was back in the days of strict amateurism and Thomas surely needed the money given the expenses of participating in gymnastics. If the US were not boycotting, he absolutely would have competed in Olympic Trials and been named to the team, barring injury of course.

Such sad news during an already tough year. Kathy Johnson Clarke and Bart Conner, among others, have posted touching tributes on Twitter.
 

Lynn226

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I found this video of banned gymnastics skills in YouTube. The Thomas Salto is included.

 

aftershocks

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^^ Wow, those were some exciting moves. I recall seeing some of them back-in-the-day. Taken as a whole, looking back, I suppose these moves were banned as being too risky and/or unpredictable?

I'm so sorry to hear about Kurt Thomas' passing. That's very sad happening so suddenly as it did. My condolences to his family and friends.

More on basilar artery, though obviously none of this is necessarily related to Thomas' basilar artery injury which led to his stroke:
 

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