Another question to anyone who has an idea of the answer.... The Asymmetric bars... are they further apart now than they used to be? I ask as watching a 1970s clip of Olga on them (and she was little) she managed to be holding on to the tallest one and wrapped her waist over the shorter one, looking at the bars as they are now, it seems that the gymnasts are further away from the bottom one when on the taller one and they wouldnt be able to do the same move.
Gah Im thinking about this too much!
You're right according to the font of knowledge that is Wikipedia.
"The uneven bars apparatus originally consisted of men's parallel bars set to different heights. Consequently, the bars were very close together, and gymnasts could transition from one to the other with little difficulty. Routines of the early 1950s chiefly consisted of simple circles, kips, and static balance elements and holds. In the late 1950s the trend shifted toward fluid motion, and gymnasts began to perform routines comprised of more difficult circles, kips, beats (bouncing the body off the low bar while hanging from the high bar), wraps (wrapping the body around the low bar while hanging from the high bar) and transitions. Release moves also began to come into play, although they were almost entirely limited to transitions between the low and high bars.
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, companies began manufacturing uneven bars as a separate specific apparatus. The design was changed slightly to allow the bars to be adjustable, with tension cables that held the apparatus to the floor. As a result of this change, coaches could set the bars further apart. Additionally, the circumference of the bars themselves decreased, allowing gymnasts to grasp and swing from them with greater ease.
By the mid 1980s, routines had become so based on swing and release moves that the bars were moved even further apart. The distance between bars increased even more as gymnasts developed difficult transition elements that required space, such as the Pak salto.
Of all the WAG apparatus, uneven bars is probably the one that has seen the most radical changes. Most elements from 1950s and 60s bars routines, such as beats, the Hecht dismount and the Radolcha somersault, are now completely obsolete; others, such as static holds and the Korbut Flip, are not permitted under the current Code of Points."