Superstars (TV program)

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Superstars is TV program. The show is a sports competition between very good athletes from different sports. They try to win a series of athletic events similar to a decathlon. Figure skating champion Dick Button developed the idea. ABC bought it as a special for the winter of 1973. The first Superstars competition was held in Rotonda West, Florida in March 1973. The winner was pole vaulter Bob Seagren. The BBC covered the competition and aired their own programme on December 31, 1973. The BBC version featured British athletes.

Competitors usually participate in ten different sporting events, including a 100-yard dash, 800 metres (0.50 mi) run, obstacle course, weightlifting, bowling, rowing, tennis, basketball, bicycle racing, and swimming. Sometimes the sports have changed over time and between the European and American competitions. For example, in the first USA competition, there was no obstacle course, but there was table tennis and baseball. Athletes get points for the position they finish in each event. The competitor with the most points at the end of all ten events is the winner.

List of American winners[change | change source]

Year Athlete Sport
1973 Bob Seagren Pole Vault
1974 Kyle Rote, Jr. Soccer
1975 O. J. Simpson Football
1976 Kyle Rote, Jr. Soccer
1977 Kyle Rote, Jr. Soccer
1978 Wayne Grimditch Water Skiing
1979 Greg Pruitt Football
1980 Charles White Football
1981 Renaldo Nehemiah Track and field
1982 Renaldo Nehemiah Track and field
1983 Renaldo Nehemiah Football
1984 Tom Petranoff Javelin
1985 Mark Gastineau Football
1986 Renaldo Nehemiah Football
1987 Herschel Walker Football
1988 Herschel Walker Football
1989 Willie Gault Football
1990 Willie Gault Football
1991 Kelly Gruber Baseball
1992 Mike Powell Long Jump
1993 Dave Johnson Decathlon
1994 Dave Johnson Decathlon
1995 - -
1996 - -
1997 - -
1998 Jason Sehorn Football
1999 Jason Sehorn Football
2000 Jason Sehorn Football
2001 Hermann Maier Skiing
2002 Bode Miller Skiing
2003 Jeremy Bloom Freestyle Skiing

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