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BBC Superstars was an all-around sports competition that pitted elite athletes from different sports against one another in a series of athletic events resembling a decathlon. The format was originally developed in the USA before the BBC made it own version filmed at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace in August 1973 for later broadcast on New Year's Eve of the same year. The inurgral competition was captured by former 400 metre hurdles Olympic champion David Hemery. It was presented by David Vine with commentary by Ron Pickering. The show proved so popular that versions ran through and Europe and American until 1985.
Following the success of the British and European Superstars Championships the athletes returned to it's place of origin Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia for the first World Superstars. The 15 competitors taking place were
Bob Seagren (American athlete), Karl Schnabl (Austrian skier), Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson (American gridiron footballer), Peter Snell (New Zealand athlete), Jim Taylor (American gridiron footballer), Gareth Edwards (British rugby union player), Corky Bell (Basketball player), Franck Nusse (Dutch athlete), Dave Casper (American gridiron football), Guy Drut (French athlete), Tony Gabriel (Canadian gridiron footballer), John Conteh (British boxer), Ruud Krol (Dutch footballer), Vince Swann (American gridiron footballer) and European Superstar Champion Kjell Isaksson (Swedish athlete).
The events they competing to win the title are 100 yards spint, 100 yard rowing race, penalty shoot-out, weightlifting, 880 yard race, tennis, 100 yards swimming, gym tests, cycling and obstacle course.
Production credit - BBC Television
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