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Old 07-31-2012, 12:23 PM   #316
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I used to really love watching gymnastics. Between the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, I was literally obsessed with the sport. But as I got older, my interest waned.

Now I have no interest in watching any of it. I think its a mixture of a few reasons. One is that the new scoring system is horrible. Two, is that the women's floor routines are all about tumbling and almost nothing about artistry (Yeah, I'm one of those fans who looks forward to seeing the girls dance away and entertain the crowd, if possible). Why bother with music if you're not going to actually dance? They should take away the music from the girls and have them do routines like the male gymnasts.

Also, are the rotations done just like they have been for the past two Olympics? Where during the AA, all the athletes are placed according to their qualifying scores? Meaning, the top 10 qualifying gymnasts start off on vault, the next 10 on the uneven bars, etc. I think that takes away the excitement of the competition and makes it almost predictable.

Anyway, I might take a glimpse of tonight's competition, but I have no real desire.
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Even though this is from the Daily Mail, which is a well known tabloid, this article about how China trains - or rather, abuses - its young athletes is quite sad to read. There are even photos to prove the brutal training.

Ye Shiwen - forging of the Mandarin mermaid: How Chinese children are brutalised into future Olympians | Mail Online


talk about Tiger Moms ...
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:33 PM   #318
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talk about Tiger Moms ...
Yeah, but only the moms are not involved. The government takes the kids away from them. I guess Tiger Coaches would be a better term.
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agreed. Tiger State?
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:49 PM   #320
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That definitely works.
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Haha. You win.
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The Russians are crying. They've been in 2nd place to us the whole day, but have just made some serious mistakes on floor. Knock on wood, but it's looking pretty good.
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Redemption is spelled J-O-R-D-Y-N!!!

Wieber nails her floor routine this time around, and puts her squad squarely in line for the team GOLD!
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And it's over. It's all over. These five exceptional American women stand as Olympic champions, as the familiar strains of The Star-Spangled Banner wash over the crowd here at North Greenwich Arena, on the banks of the River Thames.
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Two, is that the women's floor routines are all about tumbling and almost nothing about artistry (Yeah, I'm one of those fans who looks forward to seeing the girls dance away and entertain the crowd, if possible). Why bother with music if you're not going to actually dance?
ITA. So glad somebody else feels the same way.

I have to admit (at the risk of being flogged) that I historically haven't liked watching the US women's gymnastics team and this is part of the reason why. Oftentimes they are by far the best athletes in the arena - they tumble like it's nobody's business, all power on the vault, for example, but just no artistry, no creativity in presentation. Since the new scoring system was brought in, the other teams have essentially followed their lead and now all we have is athleticism without anything extra. I liked the extra. Oh well, what can you do.

Can't wait for athletics to kick off on Friday!
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ITA. So glad somebody else feels the same way.

I have to admit (at the risk of being flogged) that I historically haven't liked watching the US women's gymnastics team and this is part of the reason why. Oftentimes they are by far the best athletes in the arena - they tumble like it's nobody's business, all power on the vault, for example, but just no artistry, no creativity in presentation. Since the new scoring system was brought in, the other teams have essentially followed their lead and now all we have is athleticism without anything extra. I liked the extra. Oh well, what can you do.

Can't wait for athletics to kick off on Friday!
Some American gymnasts had artistry. Shannon Miller comes to mind, though her music was irritating (she used one piece for about three years, and in Atlanta, she had violin music that sounded like it was dying an agonizing death).

At the risk of being flogged myself, I always prefered the Russian gymnasts on the floor. I always found them to be so graceful and their music pleasant to listen to. The Romanians had OK music, but poor dancing.
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The Romanians had OK music, but poor dancing.
And even worse eye shadow.
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And even worse eye shadow.
Hee-hee, don't forget the sparkles in the US women's hair back in '04!
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