Ah those were the days. Spike Lee and Michael Jordan in the early 90’s Nike commercials. Gosh I am old!
I haven’t been following much the olympic games those days but the few footage of TKD I found on the net were pretty boring especially since most official website only show the last round of each match so the opponent are usually really tired from the previous rounds.
I am currently practicing Thai Boxing but I still love Taekwondo very much and just to show that TKD can really be brutal sometimes, here is a video of the fastest KO I just found on Youtube. To me, since hands and fist are hardly ever used, TKD is more an acrobatic sport than a martial art, but sometimes the ending of a match can be really quick and lethal.
You can find a guide to TKD, here, on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/taekwondo/7301041.stm