Its been a heartbreaking couple of days in the US gymnastics community. Heartbreaking enough that I actually shed tears last night! I suppose that itsn’t too uncommon and unheard of. I do find myself more emotional when it comes to the Olympics and gymnastics than I do my own life. Sometimes I frustrate my husband when I cry over these kinds of things. He’ll come back at me with a statement like “You cry at this but you didn’t cry when I proposed?” Haha no honey…. don’t know you gymnastics is the key to life?
First, I would like to tell NBC that their scoring system with the colors and shapes is the most stupid thing ever. Yes, the entire world knows the scoring system changed, but its not like we’re incapable of understanding it. For anyone who may not know, this is NOT part of the official gymnastics scoring system. Its something that NBC came up with on their own.
Second, the pink arena? Its making our blue leos look purple. We actually decided to be patriotic this year and wear our countries colors, and the over pinkness of the arena just kills it.
Now to discuss the gymnastics aspect of the games!
The women did AMAZING during the qualification round! They literally hit 12 for 12, with minor mistakes. No falls for us! Here are the results:
1. USA – 181.863
2. Russia – 180.429
3. China – 176.637
4. Romania – 176.264
I’m so proud of the girls for going into the finals in 1st place! Its a good place to be! I’m hoping they can continue to hit all of their routines and stay mentally strong during the team finals. I personally feel that the judges were a little harsh on USA. I watched a few of the other countries on a couple apparatuses, and they weren’t nearly as clean or powerful as ours. Yet they were scoring the same or higher as we did. I’m hoping for fair scoring from here on out.
Now, here is where the nation is in a uproar. Some time ago — I want to say it was around 2004, maybe earlier, I can’t remember — the IOC (International Olympic Committee) made a rule that only two athletes per country could make the AA finals. Regardless of overall standing. Out of the three gymnasts we had compete AA at the qualifications came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall. Jordyn Weiber coming in 4th. Which means that because of this rule, even though she finished in the top 4, she did not qualify for the Individual AA Finals. She has been favored to take the gold at these games in the AA, so this has come has a huge shock. I, as well as the majority of the people I know, think that the IOC needs to revise this rule. USA was not the only country affected by this. I believe Russia and possibly one more country were as well. It should be the top 24 AA athletes that go to the finals. Plain and simple, regardless of nationality. How can those who medal in the AA competition later this week feel confident that they are the best if they can’t compete against the best?
Here are the women who are going to the AA and event finals:
U.S. women in individual finals (finsh in qualifications):
AA – Raisman (2nd), Douglas (3rd)
VT – Maroney (1st)
UB – Douglas (6th)
BB – Douglas (3rd), Raisman (5th)
FX – Raisman (1st), Wieber (6th)
Now onto the men! The men had a great first day of competition! They too went into the team finals in first place. But today, it all came crashing down. While I have not watched the competition yet (it won’t air here until primetime), I know that the US men had four falls today. Which was devastating for them. Here are the original final standings:
Final Team Standings
1. China – 275.997
2. Great Britain – 271.711
3. Ukraine – 271.526
4. Japan – 271.252
5. USA – 269.952
6. Russia – 269.603
7. Germany – 268.019
8. France – 265.441
However, the final standings were changed at the last minute. Japan was not awarded 4th place, but 2nd instead. Letting them walk away with the silver. Moving Great Britain to 3rd with the bronze. And the Ukraine to 4th, out of the medals completely. The judging at these games is leaving much to be desired.
I want the men to know that finishing 5th overall is still a great thing! Its not a medal, but you have the pride in knowing that you are the 5th best in the entire world! We are so proud of you. So hold your chins high, you represented your country well.
I want Jordyn Weiber to know that we all think the rule is stupid. And we all wish we could change it! You are an amazing gymnast! You know that you are among the best of the best, and a silly rule will never change that. You did a great job during the qualification round and you made us all so proud!