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Monday, August 18, 2008
Is this how they roll (cheat) at the Olympics?
I watch the Olympics EVERY NIGHT and I have been glued for womens gymnastics. It has always been my favorite in the summer Olympics and will continue to be so. I'm *cough* old enough that I can say that I remember when they scored differently and seemed to actully be fair.

I love the talks between Bob Costas and Béla Karolyi (Rromania womens gymnast coach who coached U.S. team) because they're honest and funny. I have been trying and TRYING to get Nastia Liukin a gold medal, or at least another gold medal that she deserves. Now, I know the Chinese gymnast are great, yes, they are exceptional, but I do not and have not agreed with the scoring. Nastia has been doing such a great job, and then there are visible mistakes by the Chinese and SHE gets the Gold.

The days of a perfect 10 are gone, and the problems is this scoring system can help you or hinder you at certain times. It seems to me that if you have a high degree of difficulty and mess up a couple of times you can get a higher score simply because you have a high degree of difficulty. So, if you have a perfect routine with say one difficult combination you won't win. Now, there is something there I agree with, but what we've had is the scoring has been off. I do agree that some of judges don't know what they're doing and in the end the gymnast suffer the consequences.

Tonight, I am furious because Nastia lost AGAIN a chance for a gold medal. and I was angry becasue now she has one last chance, balance beam, at least before she had a two damn chances, now she's gonna be even more stressed and any bauble will be spotlighted. I am just so angry about that because I don't think tonight was fair.

She tied the Chinese and they did some insane scoring where they went down the line of scores and tossed out the hightests and lowest of both scores until they finally got a different number and ended up with a first and second place winners. Now, I really didn't think that was fair because the computer is reconizing that they were both good, that they were both Gold medal winners so now we gotta go down to some .1000 number and GAH! I'M ANGRY AND I'M NOT IN THE OLYMPICS OR EVEN AN ATHLETE!,

I think she was wronged and I HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE that it all comes down to that stupid scoring system that just seems pulled out of a hat and sort of whatever'd like the isn't their whole life riding on this. You don't just wake up and be in the Olympics, and they're not every year where you can just march back and get another chance. Nastia may not even return and my heart breaks for her because she will never forget this and it would be nice to have some damn nice memories of Beijing. For her? No. None. Zip and she sure as hell won't grant any interviews. I'm pissed. PISSED!

This making me start to have green eyes for the Chinese and it's more the damn scoring and the stupid judges than them. To be edged out for Gold when you're just as good, that is what makes me so angry. It's not like he fell, and got a medal, then you're grateful, but to be JUST AS GOOD--BETTER actually, and have the scores trinkle and bloop and find some, again, .10000 score so that there can be a first and second place would make want to hang myself. Everyone says they want to go out and do your best, and you do and then you're not rewarded for it. That is wrong and can work on you mentally and emotionally for a long time and that is the problem I have.

Well, I will be back to gripe later. But I seriously had to get that out of my system.

Nastia, I feel your pain. Second in the world is hella good, but you're a gold medalist to me!


Gunngirl believed The Truth is still Out There at 10:59 PM  
2 commentst:
  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger EnnuiHerself said…

    Uh . . . while I agree that the scoring has definitely been off, primarily in favor of China, Nastia Liukin won the gold for individual all-around. Right now she is *literally* the best female gymnast in the world.

  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger mississippilinda said…

    i was so pissed last night..

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