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!
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Olympia
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"I was sad because people can't see my legs" -Yuzu