Čáslavská’s beam routine during the optionals portion of the (1B) competition caused quite the stir.
Here are the basics:
- Čáslavská received a 9.65 for her beam routine.
- The crowd protested for over 10 minutes.
- Her beam score was raised to a 9.80 after Berthe Villancher, the president of the Women’s Technical Committee, interceded.
There was a lot on the line. These scores counted towards:
- The team standings
- The all-around standings, which was the sum of a gymnast’s compulsory and optionals scores
- Qualifying for event finals
- A gymnast’s event finals score, which was the average of her compulsory and optionals scores + her event finals score
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty and discuss how this one routine illustrated so much of the judging dysfunction that existed in the 1960s.