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    I think the USA had something to do with that rule ( 2 in the AA)back when we were not as dominant. A friend told me it was put in place to help other countries get exposure and TV time. Also, Maroney is a really good all a rounder. Her floor is very beautiful. Too bad she fell and hit her head at Nationals.

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    my heart broke for jordyn wieber. that rule is soo cruel. in my opinion i thought she should have beaten gabby on floor since in my opinion jordyn has better form and gabby had that huge step out of bounds. i also feel extremely sorry for her because unlike gabby, jordyn has been improving every year steadily, where until the beginning of this year gabby wasn't hardly known. she kind of stole jordyn's spot. something tells me jordyn isn't done though, and i hope she isn't. she has a deep love for gymnastics and a fire for it. i hope she sticks around until 2016, she'll still be relatively young. but i heard the team won team finals by 5 points over russia, that's awesome.

    michigan still loves you jordyn!

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    Yeah, just because there were only newbies on this year's team doesn't mean that some of them won't repeat for Rio in 2016. Remember that Shannon Miller, part of the Magnificent Seven in 1996, was a veteran Olympian from Barcelona. It can be done!

    Can some of you experts explain to me, by the way, why Carly Patterson seems so obscure? She got almost no publicity from her All-Around win, and she was the first American to do the trick since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. And Carly was the first American to win that gold in a non-boycotted games. The U.S.S.R., then the world's best team, didn't take part in the L.A. Olympics in Mary Lou's year. I don't even remember a fuss being made over Carly during the games themselves--not the way people lionized (deservedly so) Shaun Johnson and Nastia Liukin later on, or even some of the swimmers.

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    Carly Patterson had lousy agents, that's why. She had a really ill-advised attempt at a music career. Not that Nastia didn't have her own silly career moves, but Nastia has a lot more going for her in terms of gaining notoriety:

    A) Nastia is prettier. She's a stunner and that never hurts.
    B) Her rivalry with fellow American Shawn Johnson made for a much more interesting narrative to the American audience than Patterson vs. that sour-faced Russian hag what's-her-name.
    C) Nastia has a much more memorable name.
    D) Nastia's winning form and style is much more memorable, unique and impressive than any other gymnast in the last few decades. Her lines are out of this world. A silhouette of Nastia competing would be immediately recognizable.
    E) And last but not least, let's face it, Carly Patterson just wasn't that great. I remember watching her floor routine at the Olympics, and found it offensively un-musical. When I heard she wanted to get into a career in music I had a good laugh.

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    Yeah, just because there were only newbies on this year's team doesn't mean that some of them won't repeat for Rio in 2016. Remember that Shannon Miller, part of the Magnificent Seven in 1996, was a veteran Olympian from Barcelona. It can be done!
    Not any more, not in the US at least. Modern gymnastics, with what their sport's version of the COP looks for, requires all kinds of skills that an older gymnast with a more developed body will find exponentially harder to do, according to competitive gymnasts I've talked to. Jordyn will be 21 by Rio, and I don't see her contending for the all-around. She'd have to be on the team as a specialist. But what would it be? She's great at everything she does but there's no one thing she's astoundingly good at. With the depth of US women's gymnastics, I find it hard to imagine an older and less competitive Jordyn would be able to keep up with the younger American women competing for the spots. And that's only if Wieber doesn't get seriously injured, something that happens to pretty much every top US gymnast sooner or later given the brutal schedule Karolyi puts them through. I think Wieber should be very proud of her team gold, and let her gracious cheerleading for her teammates win the audience over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Business View Post
    I think Wieber should be very proud of her team gold, and let her gracious cheerleading for her teammates win the audience over.
    Her beautiful smile during her floor routine sealed the deal I think...I gained so much respect for her through her incredible sportsmanship in the team finals. I applaud how she is dealing with everything

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    Thank you so much, SB. This helps me think about what I'll be seeing tonight, and also the history of gymnastics. I'm sorry to hear that the CoP of gymnastics now favors children again. The original Children's Era, post-Nadia, was when I kind of stopped paying so much attention to gymnastics. If there's another one coming up, I'll probably be less interested again. I wonder whether an emphasis on sprites favors China, where even the older gymnasts tend to have smaller physiques. After all, they are a gymnastics power now, maybe even the main one.

    Certainly Nastia has an edge in terms of appearance. She is taller than today's typical gymnast as well as having the kind of harmonious facial features that maybe 1% of the world gets gifted with. As you say, she's also a very stylish gymnast and has a memorable name. I have no problem with her being a celebrity by virtue of her gymnastics achievements. I'm sorry that Carly couldn't benefit similarly from her turn at the top of the podium.

    And I agree with you and 100yen that Jordyn has covered herself with glory both as a gymnast and as a team player. She'll have plenty of fans in her future, which I hope is bright.
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    I hope they don't spread this out all night until after the news into late night. Anyoone know how much will be aired og gymnastics in primetime? I'm happy for them and sad to say the shingles seems to have blown the system and I am in agony three weeks in because i have a rare condition in my nerves called arachnoiditis. I can't watch much TV. I have been to NBC.com but I do not see a link where I can watch it as on TV on computer...am I not finding the right link? Please you guys, if there is a computer stream for the gymnastics that is as good or better than NBC coverage yet to come. I have no TV in my bedroom and must lay flat. Thank God I have some pain meds, impossible to get, and from a doctor I am trapped with-he is incompetent otherwise.

    I am discouraged, and I am cheered by the good parts here, so please anyone, a link, and a prayer to watching the coverage on line. Now that I read we won and saw the Tv spoilers, I really want to see this. The Fab 5. What a moment for them. I can imagine the podium. God bless the Russian and Romanian girls-Romanians are third? There has been great insight here. Bless you all, us little band of "summer oly skate fans."

    I really think Gabby is going to win the all around. I hope for her mom, and girls of color the flying squirrel goes all the way. They could sure use the money and I'd buy wheaties if she's on the box. Any cnandian or english speaking feed should cover us well if NBC doesn't stream the Tv coverage. I'm just not good or too patient at searching now so tks guys in advance. Rock on.

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    While I do think the modern rules in women's gymnastics favor younger women, I don't know if they actually favor just the tiny ones. There are so many things that require brute strength and power, and the new team selection rules mean almost every gymnast on the team has to be good on multiple apparatuses (so they can't just stick to ones that don't require as much power/strength). I mean, no doubt, it's a young gymnast's game. But with the age requirement set to 16, it's not like they're as young as Nadia was. If you look at the American team, which proved themselves to be the epitome of women's gymnastics, they would seem to be the perfect example of gymnastic bodies: sleek and compact but also full of power. I don't know if this actually favors the current batch of Chinese women. They pretty much lost that bronze on the vault, where they lacked power. In the past, China had some fearsome vaulters. Of course, they also had more spots on the team for vault specialists, so they can have a mix of powerhouses and waifs. Going forward, China is going to have to adjust and come up with gymnasts who are good at more things.

    Does having successful female gymnasts look stronger mitigate the ick factor of them being so young (and again, they can't be as young as Nadia was)? Having athletes that look less physically vulnerable makes me feel less squicky about watching them attempt dangerous feats. The reality is, though, that being that young still leaves them vulnerable to pressure, less mature decisions, authority figures that may abuse them, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    Any cnandian or english speaking feed should cover us well if NBC doesn't stream the Tv coverage. I'm just not good or too patient at searching now so tks guys in advance. Rock on.
    Here are some NBC feeds: Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3

    You can find many more feeds of channels from all over the world that cover the Olympics on the site here. The BBC streams have excellent quality of the Beeb's live coverage of the games, and of course, it'd be in English. And if you want more live coverage, check out SportLemon, which aggregates a ton of live sports feeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Business View Post

    Does having successful female gymnasts look stronger mitigate the ick factor of them being so young (and again, they can't be as young as Nadia was)? Having athletes that look less physically vulnerable makes me feel less squicky about watching them attempt dangerous feats. The reality is, though, that being that young still leaves them vulnerable to pressure, less mature decisions, authority figures that may abuse them, etc.
    Exactly that. You have put your finger on just what makes me anxious about gymnastics, and you said it in a way that couldn't be bettered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macy View Post
    my heart broke for jordyn wieber. that rule is soo cruel. in my opinion i thought she should have beaten gabby on floor since in my opinion jordyn has better form and gabby had that huge step out of bounds. i also feel extremely sorry for her because unlike gabby, jordyn has been improving every year steadily, where until the beginning of this year gabby wasn't hardly known. she kind of stole jordyn's spot. something tells me jordyn isn't done though, and i hope she isn't. she has a deep love for gymnastics and a fire for it. i hope she sticks around until 2016, she'll still be relatively young. but i heard the team won team finals by 5 points over russia, that's awesome.

    michigan still loves you jordyn!
    Do you follow gymnastics at all? If you do, you should know that Gabby has worked very hard and made tremendous improvement. And no, she did not "steal" Jordyn's spot; it just so happens that Gabby has been performing extremely well lately. They both equally deserve whatever spotlight is on them.
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    Personally, I think Ms. 28th place stole Jordyn Wieber's spot. I'm totally over it, though, as it seems like Wieber is. She performed brilliantly today, all smiles, culminating in bringing home a gold medal that her home country has been missing a lot longer than the individual all-around gold. I think she's happy about it, her mom is happy about it, the coaches are happy about it. There's no point in us spectators being upset about it any more.

    I do, however, think the rule needs a change. If each country can only send 3 competitors to compete for the individual all-around to begin with, what's the sense in limiting it to just the top two? This results in ridiculous situations like this one. The only way it could've been worse is if a competitor finished third (instead of Jordyn's fourth) in the qualifying round and still couldn't go to the all-around final. I mean, come on! Each country already has such limited spots, don't yank the dream away from the athletes right during the Olympics. Let that happen during the Olympic trials in their own country, it's only polite.

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    I love Mustafina and Komova, they r so lovely. I even miss Khorhina-the Russian ladies always seem so stressed. They are all so young...Why are we not eeing any Romanians? have I missed it? I miss Nastia and Shaun, tho the USA is doing great. Well, I want to see the australians too. Why do they limit the marquee sport for swimming? I seem to only catch olympic gymnastics so i want to see a lot. The Russians and Romanians dance on floor, why do our girls look like they don't take ballet classes? Nastia had nice lines...was it her Russian parents that pushed dance?

    Well, knowing the results keeps the nailbiting down. I just wish Komova and Mustafina performed with confidence as they are so elegant. These girls look like they will be starved or beaten if they don't win gold, which they were not favored for. Wherer are the Romanians! Geesh NBC! Khorhina should be there to prod them and support!, Great FX Gabby! She is the Mary Lou/Kerri Strug of these games! Pure charm...go Jordyn!

    Oh FX! Jordyn was fantastic! I love her!
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    The NBC coverage of gymnastics, I can only describe as skeletal. They keep showing ads and fluff pieces, but very few actual routines. The few routines they show are all from either the Americans, or from that evil horde of Russians who are always just this close to stealing the American's gold. Sometimes, a random routine from a non-American, non-Russian country sneaks in there. An editor screwed up, no doubt.

    The thing is, if NBC wanted to, they absolutely could show at least 4 times more routines while still keeping the same number of fluff pieces and ads. The fact is, gymnastics routines aren't very long by themselves. It's the prep time, the waiting, the rotations that take up the most room. Since this is all entirely tape delayed, NBC could just edit it down to the routines. But of course, to do that, they would utterly dispel the notion that this is live (although, how do people not know this isn't live?). So in the interest of preserving that ridiculous illusion, NBC is going to waste everybody's time while showing as few routines as possible.

    All I can is, thank heavens I saw the BBC feed instead of the NBC one. During waits between rotations, the beeb would actually use that time to show routines the audience missed because they took place simultaneously with a routine that was being shown live. The network would very efficiently edit it down to just the routine, show us all the good bits, then move onto another routine we missed. And they managed to do all this while the event was going on live. NBC is run by incompetents who lack any sort of imagination or empathy. The network is really not fit to cover anything other than a county fair in Arkansas. I find much schadenfreude in the fact that NBC is often the 5th place network, with ratings below not only the other 3 major English-speaking networks, but also the Spanish-speaking network Univision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious business View Post
    the nbc coverage of gymnastics, i can only describe as skeletal. They keep showing ads and fluff pieces, but very few actual routines. The few routines they show are all from either the americans, or from that evil horde of russians who are always just this close to stealing the american's gold. Sometimes, a random routine from a non-american, non-russian country sneaks in there. An editor screwed up, no doubt.

    The thing is, if nbc wanted to, they absolutely could show at least 4 times more routines while still keeping the same number of fluff pieces and ads. The fact is, gymnastics routines aren't very long by themselves. It's the prep time, the waiting, the rotations that take up the most room. Since this is all entirely tape delayed, nbc could just edit it down to the routines. But of course, to do that, they would utterly dispel the notion that this is live (although, how do people not know this isn't live?). So in the interest of preserving that ridiculous illusion, nbc is going to waste everybody's time while showing as few routines as possible.

    All i can is, thank heavens i saw the bbc feed instead of the nbc one. During waits between rotations, the beeb would actually use that time to show routines the audience missed because they took place simultaneously with a routine that was being shown live. The network would very efficiently edit it down to just the routine, show us all the good bits, then move onto another routine we missed. And they managed to do all this while the event was going on live. Nbc is run by incompetents who lack any sort of imagination or empathy. The network is really not fit to cover anything other than a county fair in arkansas. I find much schadenfreude in the fact that nbc is often the 5th place network, with ratings below not only the other 3 major english-speaking networks, but also the spanish-speaking network univision.
    quoting for truth

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluvr View Post
    I love Mustafina and Komova, they r so lovely. I even miss Khorhina-the Russian ladies always seem so stressed. They are all so young...Why are we not eeing any Romanians? have I missed it? I miss Nastia and Shaun, tho the USA is doing great. Well, I want to see the australians too. Why do they limit the marquee sport for swimming? I seem to only catch olympic gymnastics so i want to see a lot. The Russians and Romanians dance on floor, why do our girls look like they don't take ballet classes? Nastia had nice lines...was it her Russian parents that pushed dance?
    Well, knowing the results keeps the nailbiting down. I just wish Komova and Mustafina performed with confidence as they are so elegant. These girls look like they will be starved or beaten if they don't win gold, which they were not favored for. Wherer are the Romanians! Geesh NBC! Khorhina should be there to prod them and support!, Great FX Gabby! She is the Mary Lou/Kerri Strug of these games! Pure charm...go Jordyn!

    Oh FX! Jordyn was fantastic! I love her!
    Most of the American gymnasts have not taken dance classes. Jordyn just started about a year ago. Mykayla has lovely dance, but her broken toe kept her off floor in London. Nastia's mother was a world champion rhythmic gymnast. Thus, Nastia comes by her lines honestly and there was no way that her Russian, rhythmic loving parents would ever let her get away without dance classes.

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