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Accelerated Development on the Uneven Bars
July 30, 2012  | By Eric Gould
 

One of the bigger stories of the 2012 London Olympics is Michael Phelps' quest to become the all-time top medalist in history. Phelps already holds the record for most career gold medals (14), far outdistancing the nine medals earned by Carl Lewis, the American track and field star of the '80s and '90s. And after Sunday's team silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay, Phelps has 17 medals
one less than Russian-Ukranian gymnast Larisa Latynina, who captured 18 during three Olympics from 1956-1964. Here's a reel showing how Latynina's sport of the uneven bars, like others, has noticeably evolved since the '50s. With athletes training to go stronger, higher and faster, world records continue to fall. Check out the long-lost poses on the uneven bars that have given way to sheer athleticism. Times change and TV sees all.
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