Found July 30, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"]English: Deng Linlin English: Deng Linlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] After watching the Olympic Games over the weekend, I became very upset and disappointed in hearing about a certain rule during the Women’s Gymnastics competition.  There are some stipulations to the rules/competition format that need to be addressed, because it makes no sense overall.  The rules state “The best 24 individual gymnasts (maximum two from each country) go through to the Individual All-Around final, where gymnasts compete on all apparatus.”  This is where the problem lies. The rule states that the best 24 individual gymnast qualify to compete in the All-Around finals, but the words in the parentheses completely contradicts the fact that the top 24 will not move on, unless it was actually the top 2 from each country in that order.  I understand the committee wanting each country to be represented, but it doesn’t make it fair to the top athletes in the competition. Here is the order of the top 24 competitors: 1 Russian Federation KOMOVA Victoria 60.632 Q + 2 United States of America RAISMAN Alexandra 60.391 Q + 3 United States of America DOUGLAS Gabrielle 60.265 Q + 4 United States of America WIEBER Jordyn 60.032 + 5 Russian Federation MUSTAFINA Aliya 59.966 Q + 6 People's Republic of China DENG Linlin 57.998 Q + 7 Italy FERRARI Vanessa 57.932 Q + 8 Japan TERAMOTO Asuka 57.865 Q + 9 Romania IORDACHE Larisa Andreea 57.800 Q + 10 People's Republic of China HUANG Qiushuang 57.707 Q + 11 Romania IZBASA Sandra Raluca 57.532 Q + 12 Russian Federation GRISHINA Anastasia 57.332 + 13 Venezuela LOPEZ Jessica 56.665 Q + 14 Germany SEITZ Elisabeth 56.466 Q + 15 Great Britain TUNNEY Rebecca 56.391 Q + 16 Guatemala GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia 56.132 Q + 17 Great Britain WHELAN Hannah 55.699 Q + 18 Canada PEGG Dominique 55.657 Q + 19 Netherlands van GERNER Celine 55.632 Q + 20 Italy FERLITO Carlotta 55.500 Q + 21 Great Britain PINCHES Jennifer 55.266 + 22 People's Republic of China YAO Jinnan 54.798 + 23 Switzerland STEINGRUBER Giulia 54.715 Q + 24 Australia LITTLE Emily 54.498 Q Looking at the results, 4 of the top 24 did not qualify and 2 of the top 12 did not qualify.  It shows that those athletes were better in the events, at least for that day.  It also shows that not every country is represented, so in my opinion the top 24 in that order should be able to compete for the Gold medal.

Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champion, needs to be consoled by coach Jenny Zhang following qualifier. (AP/Gregory Bull)

The most disappointing part of the rules and process is that the individual all-around world champion Jordyn Wieber, who placed 4th in the qualifying round was disqualified from competing the finals due to the rules.  It is safe to say that Wieber made mistakes during her routines, but at the end of the day she should be able to compete, because she earned a chance to be there and because she is the world champion. The top 3 teams in the competition each had 3 athletes to place in the top 24 and they all should be allowed to compete for a Gold medal.  If they Olympic Committee wanted all of the countries to be apart of it, that is one thing, but not allowing the top athletes to compete under these circumstances is bad for business. Related articles Enhanced by Zemanta

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