I'm sitting in a corner of the Georgia Dome for the team finals of the 1996 Olympics. Not the greatest seat in the house but I still shelled out $212 for it (compare to front row seats for the 1991 World Championships at $32 a pop). This competition is best remembered for the injured Kerri Strug's famous vault to a one-footed landing. But the second most memorable moment of the 1996 Olympics--for me, anyway, because I'm a beam nerd--is this amazing routine from Kui Yuanyuan (China). And I'm pretty sure that 15 years later (holy crap! 15 years?!) you couldn't find another routine as difficult and gorgeously executed. (The dismount could have used an upgrade but we'll forgive her that.)
Read a little more about Kui here. Crazily enough, she never won a gold on beam in World or Olympic competition; most significantly she won the silver on beam at the 1997 Worlds, with the gold going to the incredibly dull yet consistent Gina Gogean (Romania). Compare their routines, if you want, and get really angry about the travesty of it all:
Props to the best gymnastics commentators ever, Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson, for tearing the judges a new one after the inappropriately low score.