I, too, feel bad for Jordan- the cameras showing her crying were ruthless. She said all the right things and handled the situation pretty classy, though.
Regarding Jordan's routines, from what I've read she had upgraded her beam routine but she and her coach decided to remove a pass that she was worried about. I've noticed that judges in fs and gym tend to grade more harshly if they feel you've watered down your routine instead of throwing all you're capable of.
Like subtlety in ice dancing
Someone dropped a crate of sad trombones on the US gymnasts at the Olympics. I've been too busy to watch the actual competitions, but I've read about the results and it's a bath of blood and tears. First Jordyn Wieber's missing out on the chance to compete for the Only Medal That Matters in her brutal sport, then the US men's team went from being gold medal co-favorites, to being the actual favorites after finishing first in qualifications, to finishing completely off the podium! This is just an unmitigated disaster so far for what is supposed to be the strongest delegation of gymnasts the US has sent to the Olly games.
Even though I don't really follow gymnastics, I know enough to feel gutted for Jordyn Wieber. Basically everything she's worked for in her life is now gone before it started. Her life peaked and crashed at the age of 17. And unlike most other sports, it's very unlikely she'll have another shot at it. The turnover in women's gymnastics is mind-blowingly fast. In the last 10 years, only 6 out of 28 female gymnast have been on the World All-Around/Olympics podium twice. No female gymnast in that time has been on the podium more than 2 times. And the only one to get on the podium in non-consecutive years is Nastia Liukin. I can't think of any other sport/discipline in which an athlete has that short a time frame to peak. You get your one shot and then you're done. Wieber didn't get hers, but she's done. I tried comparing it to skating, another sport that's usually ignored, but then suddenly becomes the marquee event at an Olympic games. Skating is also a sport in which the once every four year chance to be relevant can elude many brilliant athletes. But the difference is, almost every skating great who missed out on an Olympic win/podium had multiple chances. Women's gymnasts, especially American ones, competing in a country overflowing with female gymnastics prodigies, just don't have that luxury. Wieber is very unlikely to even make the 2016 Rio team. It's a ruthless lesson in how one doesn't have to choke big time to completely blow it.
Last edited by Serious Business; 07-30-2012 at 06:33 PM.
So, if I'm understanding correctly, this would be somewhat similar to Belbin and Agosto. They medalled at the Olympics because some of the top teams had unusual falls because of some added difficulty. So, when all of those teams skated clean at World's after adjusting their programs, everyone was shocked that B/A didn't win World's.
Originally Posted by bekalc
So, Weiber won World's last year because some people faltered. While others amped up their skills, Weiber didn't amp hers up to account for the mistakes of others allowing her to be champion last year.
Anyway, gymnastics has really been won by the tiniest of point differences. I recall Dominique Dawes and others bursting into tears when stepping out of bounds on floor routine because that one mistake was enough to take them out of the running for gold on the Olympic AA. So, all those little bobbles, etc do add up.