It’s Throwback Thursday, and we’re continuing our new web series–On this Day in Gymnastics History! Today we’re going to take a look back through the years at what gymnastics-related things have happened on October 20.

October 20, 2010: World Championships Women’s Team Final

Russia captured the gold in thrilling fashion, just two tenths ahead of the U.S. team. China won the bronze and Romania was fourth. This competition marks the last time that the U.S. women did not win gold in a major team final.

October 20, 2008: USA Gymnastics Announced Athlete Assignments
On this day eight years ago, USA Gymnastics announced the rosters of four different upcoming competitions, including Jordyn Wieber’s third international meet!

October 20, 2006: World Championships Event Finals
In Aarhus a decade ago, Cheng Fei captured vault gold, Beth Tweddle won her first major uneven bars title, Marian Dragalescu won floor, Xiao Qin won pommels, and Chen Yibing led a field of talented competitors to win the gold on rings.

October 20, 1992: Ksenia Semenova was born
Ksenia Semenova of Russia was the 2007 World Champion on uneven bars and a member of the 2008 Olympic team.

October 20, 1989: World Championships
1989 Worlds were held in Stuttgart, Germany on October 14-22. The Soviet Union won both team finals, and Svetlana Boguinskaia and Igor Korobchinsky (URS) won the all-around titles.

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