Monday, July 16, 2012
Who Was Better?
Ma or McNamara?
Before Komova and Wieber faced off, there were far more interesting results to debate in the sport of women's artistic gymnastics. Looking back at many close finishes it is time to cut the shit and decide just who was better. The more comments I read on some of these posts, the more I realize that many of the younger fans require a serious education about the history of the sport. Who was better over the years? You be the judge. Sound off.
At the 1982, close friends Natalia Yurchenko and Olga Bicherova tied for the most prestigious AA title of the year. Who deserved it outright? Does innovation trump technique?
Bi Wenjing may have overarched a handstand, but performed a routine with a gaylord and beautiful body line. Was she superior to Amy Chow's difficult set with a fugly double double dismount?
Neither Oksana Omelianchik nor Elena Shushonova actually qualified for the AA final outright at the 1985 Worlds. They were subbed in for good reason and came out sharing the AA crown. Who was the better gymnast?
Who was better on floor in '87?
Daniela or Dorte? You know you live for Silivas' amplitude on her releases.