USA good stuff last night.. stupid 2 per country rule, Jordyn Wieber should be in the all around.
My favorite olympic event. Hopefully they can win gold and bring back memories of 1996
That rule applies to virtually all sports. Events like diving, swimming, beach volleyball, etc put a 2 team/person limit per country.
I remember for the 2004 games, Ian Thorpe got DQ'd at the Australian trials and wasn't supposed to race in Athens for 1 of the events. 2 others qualified in his place. One of those guys ahead of him gave up his spot to Thorpe who went onto to win gold in Athens.
I'm sure the US has swimmers who could compete for a medal alongside Phelps and co., but aren't permitted to because they finished 3rd at the trials.
In gymnastics, it's set up differently in that they don't do the 2 person per country limit until you arrive at the games. You have to do the qualifying events in order to determine who gets to compete for the medals for all around and individual events.
Would it have made people feel better had it been decided at the USA gymnastics trials which 2 American female gymnists could compete for the all around medals at London?
No difference between that and what they are doing here. Just a timing thing.
Yah, she was like "it's just a toe." Way to go, more awesome than Annia Hatch (the U.S Vault specialist in Athens).
As for Wieber, I feel for her. It's absolutely devastating to have something you worked for for a long time disappear just like that b/c of the rule. Maybe she was underscored but it's all relative. I'm sure others were underscored too, especially b/c some events score lower than others. But I'm so proud of the U.S team winning Gold for the first time since Atlanta. US Gymnastics has always been about the team.
I don't like B. Karoyli's "order" argument. He made it seem like the other two girls didn't deserve it.
And as far as the media goes- maybe if they hadn't hyped her so much this wouldn't have been such a big deal (I'm not saying anything about the merits of the publicity).
I never saw so many different people from so many different countries perform so well at sports that just boggle my mind. A really all around vintage year for great gymnastic talent, both male and female.