Seoul – 25 Years On

Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Special of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

A quarter of a century has passed since Matt Biondi and Janet Evans stole the show for the USA in South Korea and Kristin Otto, as the last GDR swimmer to win Olympic gold in the pool bagged six titles at the helm of the last wave of East German dominance before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revelations that followed. Seoul was the Games of Anthony Nesty (SUR) and Tamas Darnyi (HUN). It was the place where coach Laszlo Kiss played hide and seek to keep a young teen in his charge from getting board in the Olympic Village. Krisztina Egerszegi picked up the first of her five solo golds in 1988. It was where we witnessed the last stand of Vladimir Salnikov, the last Soviet Olympic swimming champion, and the last Games and gold for Michael Gross (FRG). And then there was Duncan Armstrong, his coach Laurie Lawrence and the ABC reported who got his jaw broken; Mary T’ Meagher’s swansong.

Our Quarter-Century Recall: