1992 Women’s Gymnastics
- Issued to commemorate the 25th Olympiad, held in Barcelona, Spain
- One of a set of five picturing Summer Olympic sports
- Fourth and final set issued by US Postal Service in its role as official sponsor of 1992 Olympics.
Category of Stamp: Commemorative
Set: Olympic Summer Games
Value: 29¢, First-Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: June 11, 1992
First Day City: Baltimore, Maryland
Quantity Issued: 32,000,000
Printed by: Stamp Venturers
Printing Method/Format: Photogravure
Reason the stamps were issued: The Olympic Summer Games set of five stamps was issued in honor of the 25th Olympiad, which was held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 25 to August 9, 1992.
About the stamp design: The artwork on the Summer Olympic stamps was created by first-time stamp artist Richard Waldrep. The realistic portrayal of Olympic athletes captures the individual movement of each sport. A semi-jumbo commemorative format was used for these stamps.
Special design details: Designing stamps to commemorate the Olympics is difficult because living people cannot be featured on US stamps, including Olympic athletes. In previous stamps, the designs were highly stylized to avoid this. The 1992 stamp pictures more realistic images of athletes, but the faces are cut off or blurred and the uniforms have no numbers, so they could not be associated with a specific athlete.
First Day City: Though there was no official First Day of Issue ceremony, these stamps were available for sale at the US Gymnastics championships in Baltimore, Maryland.
About the Set: In 1989, the US Postal Service agreed to be a worldwide sponsor for the 1992 Winter and Summer Games. In exchange for a sponsorship fee, the USPS was given permission to use the Olympic rings in promotions. This was the fourth and final set of five issued by the USPS in its role as sponsor.
History these stamps represent: There were two areas of women’s gymnastics at the 1992 Summer Olympics: artistic and rhythmic. Medals were awarded for individual events (balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars, and vault), individual all-around, and team all-around in artistic gymnastics, while an individual all-around winner was chosen in rhythmic gymnastics. US athlete Shannon Miller won silver in the individual all-around, and the American team took home the bronze medal in the team all-around.
The 1992 Olympics were the first Summer Games after the fall of the Soviet Union. The former Soviet bloc nations competed together for the last time as the Unified Team. These athletes took home the most medals (112), with America coming in second with 108 medals.