Thursday, August 2, 2012

London 2012 Olympics Women's AA: Live Blog by @CattyComments!

Kittens, it's time! Catty Comments here, and we've already had 30 ballerinas on the fx acting out dancing Black Swan Swan Lake, and we're ready for the AA! Will Vika Komova capture the major AA title Mama Kolesnikova never did? Will Musty go Barbaro attempting an Amanar? Will Dougie be confident or extra confident? Will Ferrari wear a lawnmower leo? Will Clubfoot the Raisman point a toe? STAY TUNED!



Fashion update - Ferrari's shoulders have survived the lawnmower attack, but her bust did not survive the bedazzler. Condolences Ferrari.

The Ruskies (Vika & Bitchface) are in deep blue, and the 'Mericans are in Toxic Disco Rasberry.

Gabby (USA) vt - small hop forward & left, step on red sideline. Should be a 15.872349857. Judges give her 15.966.

Clubfoot (USA) vt - large hop forward & right, looks like step on right red sideline. Lovely Tuckamar. 15.9. If Maroney were competing, she should receive a 17 out of a possible 16.5. NBC will have red, green, yellow, and PINK! GIVE IT AN 11!

Vika/Flicka (RUS) vt - steps forward & off to left side, ending off the mats. 15.466

Lawnmower (ITA) vt - dty, tucked, hop then steps back. I give her 15.2765984. Looks like 14.6 something.

DLL (CHN) vt - dty, tuckish, .3 step back & to the right. Best leo in top flight - purple with thin pink & orange sherbet stripes & bedazzling where her bust would be. Because she's 16 20. 14.9.

Mustafina Musty Bitchface (RUS) vt - dty, cleanish post-flight, tiny step at end. She should go 15 for that - it's so much  better than DLL & Ferrari.

Ferrolito (ITA) beam - holy hell, I can't pay attention to the routine because of that leo. Because one-sleeve illusion fabric, deep blue leo with an asplosion of rainbow neon accents & bedazzling. AND NEON HAIRPINS TO MATCH - because, echo that shite. Can someone in Milan kidnap her & dress her better?

Izbasa (ROM) bars - meh. Muscled Romanian bars looks much better on the little ones. The leo is odd - reddish body and brownish sleeves.

Bitchface was given 15.2 for her vault - huge signal to Vika who was only awarded 15.466 for the sloppy Amanar.

Tanaka (JPN) fx - in the Japanese kamikaze rising sun leos - I'm actually okay with these. They're Japanese with a punk attitude. The Bond theme is cool, the arrangement (heavy on the celeste) is odd.

Pihan (POL) fx - nice attitude if not dance, semi-clean tumbling. What you need to know about Pihan Punk Cornrows is that the cornrows will always be dyed to match her leo. Her leo today is red, gold, white and black. So, yeah.

Seitz (GER) bars - giant Def with bent legs you could drive a truck through. Excellent rest of the routine, 15.166.

Your 1st rotation scores:
RankAthleteScore+
1United States of America DOUGLAS Gabrielle15.966+
2United States of America RAISMAN Alexandra15.900+
3Russian Federation KOMOVA Victoria15.466+
4Russian Federation MUSTAFINA Aliya15.233+
5Germany SEITZ Elisabeth15.166+
6People's Republic of China HUANG Qiushuang15.133+
7People's Republic of China DENG Linlin14.900+
8Italy FERLITO Carlotta14.766+
9Italy FERRARI Vanessa14.600+
10Japan TERAMOTO Asuka14.300+
11Poland PIHAN-KULESZA Marta14.266+
12Romania IORDACHE Larisa Andreea14.233+
13Australia BRENNAN Ashleigh14.166+
14Netherlands van GERNER Celine14.133+
=15Romania IZBASA Sandra Raluca13.900+
=15Venezuela LOPEZ Jessica13.900+
17Great Britain WHELAN Hannah13.700+
18Australia LITTLE Emily13.300+
=19Japan TANAKA Rie13.266+
=19Switzerland STEINGRUBER Giulia13.266+
21Canada PEGG Dominique13.166+
=22Great Britain TUNNEY Rebecca13.133+
=22Guatemala GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia13.133+
24France MALAUSSENA Aurelie11.500


Iordache went 14.233 on by far her worst event, bars. If she chucks an Amanar in the final rotation (which I doubt with her foot issues, but still), she could be in the hunt.

Iordache (ROM) beam - gorgeous back full but gets distracted and wobbles a storm after. Lovely electric blue/aqua torso leo with black tiger stripes & black mesh sleeves. Amazing triple full dismount. She & the leo are full of win.

Clubfoot (USA) bars - I suffer for you, kittens. She is in USA toxic disco rasberry, with bust & sleeve bedazzling. Bail was clean, pause on the stalder full with hiddy feet. Best routine she's ever done in an intl AA final. Now they're slo-moing her release moves - hiddy, hiddy feet. HOW DID SHE RECEIVE A 14.333?!! HOW??!! I need vodka.

Vika (RUS) bars - gorgeous form, light swing, amazing inside stalders, small hop back on tucked double-double dismount. Love the deep blue leo, ADORE this routine. If Raisman goes 14.333, give Vika a 17. She's money on this event. 15.966 - still deserved the 17.

Can we just all celebrate right now that Germany doesn't attempt to match their leos with anything?

Lawnmower (ITA) bars - good, basic, clean routine with sudden eggbeater legs on the tucked full-in dismount.

Just watching the Michael Phelps online add. How is Ryan Lochte so hot in a swimsuit and we look at Phelps and go, yeah, he has his shirt off. So?

DLL (CHN) bars - correction on bust flames - hot & light pink, no orange sherbet in sight. Nice el-grip work including Endos, nice Jaeger, legs apart on Pak, decent shoot to high, .1 step on her full-twisting layout double dismount. Nice work! She is the Romania of China.

Izbasa (ROM) beam - nice kickover pike front, but why the wobble after the layout? I'm worried Belu isn't starving them enough. Still can't figure out the colors on that leo - a pinkish brick red? A blackish brown mesh sleeve? WHAT IS THAT? Where is Christian Siriano to help me?

Bitchface (RUS) bars - amazing Pak to Khorkina, almost stuck the Musty dismount. Where Vika's routine has lightness and perfect form, Musty has good form but power. Can we just bottle the diva and feed it to USA alternate Finnegan? 16.100 - how is that higher than Komova?

HQS (CHN) bars - no, I can't spell her name under pressure. All you need to know is HQS, and her black leo with neon rave swirls is 10,000x better than the fugly that was her Tokyo leo. Thank you fashion gods.

Dougie (USA) bars - giant piked Tkachev, giant Tkachev-Pak, small hop on the double layout dismount. I think she'll go 15.4375429. I hope she'll continue regardless of what happens today, and I hope they'll add more difficulty to this routine - it's 6.5 now, and she could easily go to 6.8 without blinking an eye.

I now see a fashion offense. Dougie, remember what Mama Catty tells you - No. White. Bras. EVAH!!!



There now, I feel better.

Whelan (GBR) fx - nice deep blue shiny leo, funky pattern to the crystals. Can I re-choreograph the GBR routines? Head jives and choo-choo moves? No kittens. It's called ballet turns and jazz hands.

Steingruber (SUI) vt - handspring rudi with cray-cray side steps. Like the shiny teal leo - it looks lovely with her dusky blonde coloring.

Your standings half-way are:
RankAthleteScore+
1United States of America DOUGLAS Gabrielle31.699+
2Russian Federation KOMOVA Victoria31.432+
3Russian Federation MUSTAFINA Aliya31.333+
4United States of America RAISMAN Alexandra30.233+
5People's Republic of China HUANG Qiushuang29.266+
6Romania IORDACHE Larisa Andreea29.199+
7People's Republic of China DENG Linlin29.166+
8Germany SEITZ Elisabeth28.966+
9Italy FERRARI Vanessa28.633+
10Japan TERAMOTO Asuka28.600+
11Switzerland STEINGRUBER Giulia28.382+
12Romania IZBASA Sandra Raluca28.300+
13Poland PIHAN-KULESZA Marta28.199+
14Australia LITTLE Emily28.166+
15Netherlands van GERNER Celine28.133+
16Great Britain WHELAN Hannah27.833+
17Italy FERLITO Carlotta27.499+
18Japan TANAKA Rie27.432+
19Australia BRENNAN Ashleigh27.399+
20Canada PEGG Dominique27.199+
21Great Britain TUNNEY Rebecca27.066+
22Venezuela LOPEZ Jessica26.900+
23Guatemala GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia26.533+
24France MALAUSSENA Aurelie25.300


My feed froze, and suddenly Komova is dismounting beam. GAH! One step back on the dismount, a wobble on another move, but looks like she hit. You go blue swan gf! 15.441. Wow.

Seitz (GER) fx - long, low pike full-in, oob, step back. 1.5 through to 2.5, step. Good movement & dance, dorky choreography. Can Germany trade some Russian choreography in exchange for rebuilding the Russian knees?

Lawnmower (ITA) beam - almost off after her series, .5 wobble. Looks like the rest of the routine was clean. 14.5.

DLL (CHN) beam - how does she look different here than in Beijing? She can now see over the beam since she's now 16 20. Punch front. Amazing 2 bhs, layout, pause, Korbut. Wowsers. Switch ring. Front aerial, piked Chen. Lovely. Big wobble on sheep jump. 2 bhs to low piked double back, one step back. You go sweet 16 20!

Wheelan (GBR) vt - dty to stomach. This is because you don't comb your hair. COMB YOUR HAIR! That is all.

Bitchface (RUS) beam - solid double turn. Off on low standing Arabian - NOOOOOO!!! I am sad. Low switch ring with bobble. Bobble after back tuck. Switch 1/2. She then wobbles for nothing. Low double tuck, .3 step forward. SAD. Bitchface is so much more you than sadface. 13.633.

Dougie (USA) beam - Marta mount. Front aerial, bhs, lso - clean! Clean standing full! Switch leap, standing pike, bobble. Gorgeous sissones. Sissone 1/2, back tuck. Front pike. Full turn. Can she go clean? Switch ring. 2 bhs double pike, step back. Can't believe how strong she is on beam now - wow. 15.5.

Iordache (ROM) fx - pike full-in, hop, oob. Tuck full-in to back tuck - clean but hella ungainly. I like the way she moves, even if it isn't official "dance".

Clubfoot (USA) beam - tuck front. Bhs straddle layout. Sissone. Awkward close-to-beam requirement. Front pike, huge break - bend at waist, touch beam - I think about .8 in this code. Now wobbling on everything. L turn bobble. Patterson dismount - low & .3 step forward. Somewhere, Wieber is stabbing someone in the stands. Disaster. But still gets a 14.2?!! HOW THE HELL MUCH DID STEVE PENNY PAY THESE JUDGES?! I smell Rafalca money here. That routine should've gone 13 - so many wobbles after the near-fall.

Izbasa (ROM) fx - I'm calling the torso color Berry Brick. You're welcome Will Graves. Nice, clean dance & tumbling. 15.200, well-deserved.

Your standings after Rotation 3 are:
RankAthleteScore+
1United States of America DOUGLAS Gabrielle47.199+
2Russian Federation KOMOVA Victoria46.873+
3Russian Federation MUSTAFINA Aliya44.966+
4People's Republic of China DENG Linlin44.466+
5United States of America RAISMAN Alexandra44.433+
6Romania IZBASA Sandra Raluca43.500+
7People's Republic of China HUANG Qiushuang43.199+
8Italy FERRARI Vanessa43.133+
9Romania IORDACHE Larisa Andreea43.032+
10Germany SEITZ Elisabeth42.599+
11Japan TERAMOTO Asuka42.566+
12Poland PIHAN-KULESZA Marta42.532+
13Netherlands van GERNER Celine42.266+
14Australia LITTLE Emily42.099+
15Switzerland STEINGRUBER Giulia41.982+
=16Great Britain TUNNEY Rebecca41.932+
=16Japan TANAKA Rie41.932+
18Canada PEGG Dominique41.765+
19Italy FERLITO Carlotta41.665+
20Guatemala GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia41.166+
21Australia BRENNAN Ashleigh40.932+
22Venezuela LOPEZ Jessica40.700+
23France MALAUSSENA Aurelie38.100+
24Great Britain WHELAN Hannah27.833

Lawnmower (ITA) fx - Silivas, then eggbeater legs on her tuck full-in. 1.5 front full - step. Not getting this brass & woodwind heavy "Victory!"-type music - why? Clean double pike.

Izbasa (ROM) vt - Mustafina, nice, slight tuck at end, .3 hop forward. Clean, good vault.

16 20 (CHN) fx - whip through to 2.5. Tuck full-in, clean, .1 hop. Low double tuck to low stag jump. Low double pike, 2 steps fwd. YOU GO GF! 13.933.

HQS (CHN) vt - clean dty, .3 hop back. Meh.

Bitchface (RUS) fx - nails as black as her heart. Perfect double Arabian, stag jump. 2.5 to front full. Slightly off on the double Memmel spin. Tucked double back, .1 hop back. Triple full with eggbeater legs, step back. She came in with slightly .5 advantage over Clubfoot - we'll see how much each federation payed FIG. 14.6 - I think Clubfoot has the bronze. We'll see if she chucks the front flips out of the Arabian passes.

Dougie (USA) fx - GAY TECHNO TIME! 1.5 through to TF - nice! Arabian double front, stag jump - barely kept it in but does! Gorgeous tucked full-in, small hop. Tucked double back, split jump, and she goes clean! At least a silver, probably a gold. We'll see what happens. 15.033 - excellent score, but Komova can beat it.

Clubfoot (USA) fx - Hava Nagila - le sigh. 1.5 through to tucked double Arabian, large hop forward, leaves out the front layout. Dos Santos, split jump - leaves out the front tuck. Flops around on her stomach - er, "emotes." Triple full, step. Double pike, split jump. Points at her armpit and she's done! I say bronze b/c judges are on crack. 15.133 - TIES BITCHFACE. BITCHFACE HAS IT.

Vika (RUS) fx - somewhere, AJ is lighting a candle for her. 1.5 through to double Arabian stag jump. Tucked double back, split jump. YOU CODEWHORE YOU AWESOME KID! Huge split full jump. Clean triple full. She's got the energy her she didn't in Tokyo. Absolutely sticks her pike double back - I think she has it. We'll see what the judges smoke. 15.1?!!! Huh? Gabby wins with more fx landing deductions? I'm shocked. Dougie, Vika, Musty, Clubfoot in 4th.

Can't believe that Vika was denied - her execution score should be .5-.7 higher than Dougie. People feeling sorry for Wieber are suddenly crushed for Vika - 2nd again, but she deserved gold.

Your final AA standings:
RankAthleteScore+
1United States of America DOUGLAS Gabrielle62.232+
2Russian Federation KOMOVA Victoria61.973+
3Russian Federation MUSTAFINA Aliya59.566+
4United States of America RAISMAN Alexandra59.566+
5Romania IZBASA Sandra Raluca58.833+
6People's Republic of China DENG Linlin58.399+
7People's Republic of China HUANG Qiushuang58.115+
8Italy FERRARI Vanessa57.999+
9Romania IORDACHE Larisa Andreea57.965+
10Germany SEITZ Elisabeth57.365+
11Japan TERAMOTO Asuka57.332+
12Netherlands van GERNER Celine57.232+
13Great Britain TUNNEY Rebecca56.932+
14Switzerland STEINGRUBER Giulia56.148+
15Australia LITTLE Emily55.765+
16Japan TANAKA Rie55.632+
17Canada PEGG Dominique55.565+
18Venezuela LOPEZ Jessica55.500+
19Poland PIHAN-KULESZA Marta55.465+
20Australia BRENNAN Ashleigh55.332+
21Italy FERLITO Carlotta55.098+
22Guatemala GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia54.899+
23France MALAUSSENA Aurelie50.166+
24Great Britain WHELAN Hannah41.999


Thanks to the shocking pink Aussie leos - sorry, I'll talk about your seated Y1.5 next time. Thanks to Dougie, Vika, Bitchface & Clubfoot. Thanks to you for reading this and I'll answer comments below. See you for EFs!

127 comments:

  1. Is there a way to watch this live that's not NBC? NBC won't let me because I have low-level cable...I'm in the U.S....Thank you for any help!!

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    1. Try downloading expat shield and watching it on bbc for free.

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    2. http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-4/2/114/v-431428.html

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    3. I am forever in your debt.

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    4. If it stops playing, just refresh. They'll have moved to a new streaming host.

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  2. SO many commercials during the live feed! UGH

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    1. use firefox or google chrome adblocker.

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  3. Let the overscoring begin!!! Insert your fave or least fave, and the event(s) you think they'll be overscored the most.

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  4. Anyone's NBC live stream not working? I'm on the page and nothing happens when I click to watch live, just stuck on a black screen. Crap.

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    1. mine does that on chrome; try it in firefox instead

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  5. Vika The Most OVERSCORED EVAH!
    Musty Second The Most OVERSCORED EVAH!

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    1. You must be smoking crack...Gabby is the most overscored evah!

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    2. The Russians have been overscored throughout this competition

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  6. I die @ Clubfoot! lol

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  7. Um Aly!!! What atrocity with craptastic legs gets close to 16?

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  8. As much as I lurve Aly. I am not quite sure how she scores mid to high 14s on ub.

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  9. Larissa! Pull your leo down in back!

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  10. pihan's ass is too jiggly

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  11. Aliya's bars were GORGEOUS!! Is a 16.1 the 2nd highest score of the Olympics so far?

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  12. I heard Gabby Douglas used to be known as the "Jumpin Monkey" at her old gym in VA Beach. VA Beach has a children's inflatable play place known as the Jumpin Monkey

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  13. Poor Aliya :( I wanted her to win gold.

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  14. A 15.5 is the most insane overscore. It was not better than Catalina Ponor or Sui Lu during the TF, hell, it wasn't better than what Gabby did during the TF. And it's probably going to hand her the gold.

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  15. All comes down to the final rotation! Mustafina's looks good so far.

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  16. That might have been just enough for a medal.

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  17. was forced to download a newer version of adobe flash (this computer is 1 week old with new software) so missed Douglas' floor. And now, frozen feed with Komova in mid air.

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  18. YES!!!! All around for GABBY! I believed at nats, at trials! She was peaking!

    Shame for Aly I really wanted her to win Bronze. Wow. What poor sportsmanship. Komova doesn't congratulate Gabby. Lost all respect.

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    1. I think she learned from her mistake at worlds and will pull herself together for the podium.

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    2. It wasn't just there though. Aly tried awkwardly to congratulate Vika after bars, and was shot the bitch face from hell. Cho attempted to congratulate Vika after her beam, and Vika couldn't even be bothered. Her coach stepped in and generously and apologetically shook Cho's hand.

      As the sliver medalist it is good sportsmanship to go over and congratulate the winner, just like the other 22 gymnasts did. Not refuse to talk to anyone and hide behind a team official. Even Aliya was smirked at Vika.

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    3. Well, looks like i was wrong. Shameful isn't it. The girl would be so loveable if she had absolutely any sense about her.

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  19. Tiebreakers are SO stupid. Just give out 2 bronzes. That's why it's called a tie. You got the same score. Really pleased for Aliya but poor Aly. And poor Vica. Happy for Douglas but that's twice in 2 years that Vica just barely gets edged out.

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    1. Being edged out twice by better gymnasts couldn't happen to a more deserving person....payback is a b**ch for Ms. Bad Attitude

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  20. Go Gabby! USA 3peat and the 1st black Oly AA medalist..and its a GOLD!

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  21. Come on Catty, we can't really feel for the plight of Raisman or Komova. Raisman fell apart on beam and watered floor foolishly. And Komova's vault sucked tonight.

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    1. I SO agree!!! Komova got a crazy overscore on vault. A 15.466 with 3 huge steps totally off of the platform???
      The judging at this Olympics has sucked...

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    2. But Aliya fell apart on beam worse. At least Aly stayed on.

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    3. um gabby douglas getting a 15.7 on bars is complete bullshit. that is sheer overscoring . i am honestly sick of people saying shes great on bars. shes great on bars for the US. thats it. yes shes got high flying release moves - good for her, but thats not getting her bonus points.

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  22. "Gabby wins with more fx landing deductions? I'm shocked."

    Yes, it's very shocking that someone with a higher start value and a .326 lead going into the 4th rotation won with a hit floor routine.

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    1. hahahahaha... the right woman won. I am going to bask in all the haterade! Cho was not to be denied this time. Komova's problem is, she thought all she had to do were clean programs and she'd win gold. I partly blame the judges, they overscore her so often when she fucks up (like vault today and beam on tuesday) that she's shocked when she losses.



      GOLD!!!!

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    2. Touche! I'm tired of everyone always talking about extension and toepoint as if they were the sole definition of execution. There's way more to the E score than that (like, how about some height on that last tumbling pass on fx?). I absolutely love Komova, but can we look at her objectively, ever?

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    3. Watching the fx back, Douglas had much cleaner form on her tumbling - Komova had some crossed legs and cowboying going on which Douglas didn't have. Douglas also had much greater height.

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  23. Vika had no height going into the last tumbling pass. And while I think her floor was superb it definitely wasn't worth something in the 15.360 range, which is what she needed to win

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  24. The most shocking score is Gabby going 15.5 on beam. Really judges? Gabby still probably deserved to win but she was definitely overscored on beam.

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    1. No, the most shocking was 15.466 on vault when she dos-i-doed right off the mat.

      Such a poor attitude from Komova. Aly didn't cry and throw a fit and she didn't even win a medal!

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  25. Yay Gabby! Suck on that haters!

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  26. Vika is SUCH a brat! She was behind in every rotation. She had a great routine. I know she wanted gold, but she did NOT have a reason to expect it. And so she cries. Again. Worst sportsmanship in the WORLD that one.

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    1. They don't teach sportsmanship at Round Lake. They teach gorgeous extension and bitchface.

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    2. I'll take gorgeous extension and fantastic bitchface over anything tbh

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    3. You've never cried when you worked really hard for something and didn't quite make it? At 17?

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    4. I am starting to wonder if the only thing they teach at Round Lake is 'Bitchface' - And extension does not make up for a lack of difficulty and execution - Anon 10:54: Don't you find it odd how all of the other 17-year-olds competing have not shown such self-centeredness and miserable attitude?

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    5. ahem. to anon 10:29 and 5:58:
      1. you don't know the girl so don't judge her based on her crying and reaction to losing the gold medal. she has worked extremely hard for this and is cited by her coaches as just that AND EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT. so don't call on her for acting different to other 17 year olds competing. she was raised by a different family, in a different culture and country, and has different experiences and values in her life...JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. and especially for anon 10:29 - you call her having the worst sportsmanship? please check out her post-competition interviews where she outright congratulated gabby on her win and said that she was amazing. at 2011 worlds, she said she deserved to lose because she made mistakes and went as far as to LIST her mistakes. when gabby comforted viktoria, viktoria thought it was her coach who was comforting her because he patted her back like gabby did, moments before. viktoria's crying is not (entirely) called bad sportsmanship, its probably called being very self-critical. to anon at 5:58; LACK OF DIFFICULTY AND EXECUTION? are you shitting me? added up, viktoria has the highest level of difficulty across all four apparatuses; both viktoria and aliya have 7.0 bars difficulty, viktoria has a 6.5 or 6.6 beam difficulty, both aliya and viktoria have performed the amanar successfully, and both can hit a 5.9/6.0 floor routine. viktoria and aliya have almost impeccable execution on bars, are gorgeous on beam, and can be nice on floor. twisting form is obviously aliya's weak side but this whole crosslegged twisting 'demon' is over the top. crossed legs in twisting is a deduction because it is too easy to cross legs while twisting, not because it looks ugly. if it does look ugly then lets tell figure skaters to not cross their legs as they jump.
      PS. i do not know viktoria either and cannot directly comment on her personality. saying such horrible and degrading things about viktoria is somewhat bullying and isn't right either so...peace out

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  28. If Komova could learn anything from last year, it's that poor sportsmanship loses legions of fans. It does matter, even when her heart is breaking. Hope she clears that shit up QUICK.

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    1. She is crying because she didn't achieved what she hoped. She is allowed to show her disappointment, they are teenagers not f***ing Robots!

      I didn't see you saying anything about Weiber being poor sportsman for her damn crying.

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    2. @M wieber cried because she didn't advance to the AA, not because she ONLY won a freaking silver medal at the olympics!! komova didn't lose a gold, she won a silver. she wasn't entitled to the gold. it's not like she was leading then lost at the last minute. every time i've seen her in a meet, she is a sobbing mess! she's probably crying because she isn't in the mall hanging out with her friends and is stuck in this stupid olympics with a stupid silver medal around her neck.

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    3. To try to compare Wieber's reaction to Komova's is disgraceful - Wieber cried, but stayed with her teammates and congratulated them - Further, she stayed for an interview in the face of such heartache (and underscoring of her routines) - She was pleasant and showed maturity beyond her years - The POLAR OPPOSITE of Komova's poor sportsmanship - Rather than being so arrogant, Komova should feel ashamed for being given a medal that she did not earn (can you say over-rated)

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  29. WOW, USA! On the all-around podium every Worlds and Olympics since 2003, Including 7 gold. Impressive.

    I'll have to watch the competition again tonight, but I too think the gold should've been Vika's. Gabby's been amazing throughout these Games though. Event finals are going to be very interesting!!

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    1. how can you say that when vika and gabby had the exact same start value, but vika made an error on vault? why does vika deserve to win? because she had a good floor to end the competition?

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  30. Am I the only person on earth who remembers that THEY CHANGED THE RULE after Beijing to allow for ties??? Seriously, if anyone has an explanation for what happened with that, I would really appreciate it.

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    1. They can still break ties based off of difficulty scores. Just not by dropping the lowest judge scores like they had to resort to with Nastia in bar finals

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    2. My understanding was that they would award tie medals, if the situation arose, at this Olympics - that there would be no tiebreakers. I specifically remember discussion of awarding tie medals. (And apparently this "tiebreaker" was based on execution scores, not difficulty.)

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    3. Here's a link to an explaination of the change
      http://aol.sportingnews.com/olympics/story/2012-06-19/london-olympics-2012-new-gymnastics-tie-break-rules-allow-shared-metals
      As I understand from gymnastike.org, they look at combined E score in the all-around when there is a tie, then some other factors before they declare an actual tie

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    4. Thanks - that at least explains it, although I still think it is cruel, unfair, and just plain wrong. What a heartbreak for Aly - to finally earn an AA medal and have it taken away because of stupid, meaningless rules. (And yes, I realize she had major errors, and was overscored, but Aliya had major errors, too.)

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    5. Here are the FIG tiebreaking rules for the 2012 Olympics. http://www.fig-docs.com/Media/London/Tie%20break-OG-2012.pdf

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    6. Why do you Americans always think things are owed to you? I am so sick of some idiot whining about shit. All this being "robbed" "taken away" bullshit. Can you not see there are rules for reasons. You guys always want to fuss and complain it things do not go the way you want. Not all of you but the majority of shit that I hear on the NBC site, commentating etc. is all just shit. It always has to be a person wronged or cheated or something. IT gets so annoying and irritating to have to listen to. Americans all what to sit on top of the pile and gloat, so much, it becomes obnoxious, oh until, it is deemed "unfair" "robbed" or "taken away". It's always someone else's fault.

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    7. I think that anyone who ties for third and doesn't get a medal has been robbed, whether they are American, Russian, Chinese, or any other nationality. They tied. That's it. They got the exact same score. They should both get a medal. If it had been the other way around and Aly got the medal, I would be equally pissed.

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    8. It was very interesting. I know at USAG J. O. meets, sometimes ties are awarded the same positioning & other times, the gymnast with the highest score in an individual event takes the higher position. I read that today the total of the other three scores determined who would receive the bronze. Again, interesting.

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    9. Anon 1:19: You must be joking - Americans thinking that things are owed to them? - You say this after having watched the greatly overscored Russians whine and cry their way through this competition? - Your comment is laughable and your ignorance shines through

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    10. I was commenting on 10:51 and overall complaining done by commentators and other people on here who do not understand the basic scoring. It is always the bozos without the full understanding who are crying this.

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  31. How is it bad sportsmanship to cry when you come up just short of your life's work? Did Jordyn have bad sportsmanship when she didn't make the AA final? Your comment is ridiculous. Vika is not a bitch or a brat. She cried because she didn't achieve what she hoped to.

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    1. And then she continues to sulk her way onto the podium...

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    2. ikr? These people are teenagers.

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  32. The Jumping Monkey won?
    Ohh ohh eee eee!

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    1. Politically correct much?
      She looks like a monkey, not a squirrel.

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    2. She looks like a 16 year old girl.

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    3. What a evil hateful person.

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    4. You guys do realize that the Jumping Monkey was a name given to her at her former gym, right?

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    5. I did read that some where...Glad she found her way to Iowa @ Chow's!

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    6. Wow, if Jumping Monkey really was the nickname they gave her, I can see why she left... That is blatantly racist.

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  33. Now, Gabby is Marta's favorite. hahahaha... The look on Cho's face was priceless.

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  34. Gabby is going to be a HUGE star. For one thing, she's adorable and has a personality (unlike Patterson and Liukin). Second, she's the first African-American to win the gold. I think she'll far surpass MLR for sheer star power, especially since the gymnasts now have so many more opportunities to capitalize than they did in 1984. WOW.

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    1. And of course she's first American to win gold in team and all-around. That's MASSIVE. Girl and her family are set for life - no question.

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  35. Poor Aly fourth at the last two worlds and now fourth here. I just wanted her to get an all around medal. It really is to bad that can't just give out two medals.

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    1. Too bad we couldn't see her equal her amazing floor from qualifications—that would have carried her to bronze. And really, to see her iffy on beam surprised me. But she has obviously been a great teammate and I think Douglas owes a lot to her support.

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    2. I too feel horrible for Aly!

      I hope there is a NBC post tonight!

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    3. Don't worry she will come out on top with some sweet endorsements and end up living like a queen.

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    4. Aly was 13th in 2010 not 4th

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    5. at anon ^ aly already lives like a queen. her and her parents are very wealthy and lives in a mansion.

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  36. YMMV, but Komova wasn't robbed. Her floor was great, but it also had a .7 lower DV than the Americans.

    I didn't realize no American woman has won AA and Team Gold in the same Olympics before today. Incredible accomplishment.

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  37. Wonder if young gymnasts are now going to flock to West Des Moines for coaching, rather than WOGA like they did a few years ago. Chow's accolades are quickly piling up, and he and his wife aren't quite the hardasses than Liukin and Co. are (at least from what I've seen). Wow.

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    1. I hope so, he seems like a really cool guy based on the video. I'd guess he would be the new go-to coach. He just looks so slap happy; but then, given all the golds acquired recently, I would be too.

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  38. Aly, all is not lost. Go out and get your floor (and maybe beam) medal. Good comeback too. You'll always be 3rd. And maybe she'll come away with more medals than Gabby. It could happen.

    But why is she leaving out that front layout? She could've won that damn bronze with it?

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    1. I thought the same thing. She lost some E score by leaving out the front layout in her first pass. She had been struggling with it, though, so I guess she wanted to play it safe (like in TF) by leaving it out.

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    2. Meant D score.

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    3. Even so, Aly could still win even without the pass. Her floor is still over 15.000 and everyone else in the final so far has not reached what she's had since. Also, I heard them say something about her adding a skill to keep the upgrade.

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  39. When Jordyn cried after she knew she was out of AA final nobody said she was a brat or had a poor sportmanship, so why I wonder why you said that to Vika, just don't forget they are 17 yo girls, they are human not robot. Peace

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    1. Jordyn handled her loss in a vastly different way from Komova - She congratulated her teammates, gave a television interview, and came back into the competition swinging...to compare the two is ridiculous

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  40. Second time US has come up short on the tie break, think the last time a tie medal was given using the break down in score was to amy chow in 1996, for bars.

    That same olympics saw two romanians tie for the bronze in the all around, of course since this was during the 10.0 days and I don't remember thier start values I can only assume they came out equal on both fronts.

    Poor Aly, still a bridesmaid.

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    1. They still both medaled, but Nastia and Kexin tied in 2008 on UB, Kexin got gold and Nastia got the silver after the tie break rule.

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    2. Amy Chow and Bi received silver medals. There wasn't a bronze medalist.

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  41. Jordyn pulled herself together enough to talk to the Media in a matter of minutes. Jordyn congratulated her teammates who beat her and released a very professional statement. Jordyn acted like a Champion even when her dream was taken from her. Jordyn is everything Komova isn't. She doesn't have to mean Congratulations when she says it, but she has to say it. That's what sportsmanship is, and Komova doesn't have it.

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    1. PS - Komova's not even wearing her medal in the mix zone. It's "too heavy." Let's take it away from her and give it to Mustafina and give Aly the Bronze. What a despicably sore loser.

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    2. I'm willing to bet that if it was gold around her neck she wouldn't have any complaints about it's weight. Pathetic Vika. Truly pathetic.

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    3. Give her a break! She just lost on the biggest stage in gymnastics. She lost a medal she could've easily won. And she's only 16 maybe 17? Let her be emotional. She's a totally different person than Jordyn so don't compare the two.

      P.S. Jordyn's dream wasn't taken from her she gave it away.

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    4. Anon - I will say it again: If she had won gold, she would still be wearing it. And can you imagine if an American had taken off a silver or bronze bec. it was "too heavy?" All effin hell would break loose over their lack of "sportsmanship." Please.

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    5. Komova gave her dream away too. The judges tried with all their might to give it to Vika but her vault sucked balls and she still got a good score. All she had to do was land that thing and she would be walking around with a gold medal

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    6. Anon @12:17 - I am comparing the two because poster Unknown @11:48 compared the two. I have no issue with the crying. I have an issue with her not wearing her medal and an issue with her inability to recognize there are others out there who are worthy of gold.

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    7. Well those London medals are probably really heavy. Tessa Virtue, an Olympic Champion herself, took off her Vancouver medal after the ceremony. She said it was heavy.

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    8. Komova is a freaking world class gymnast. NOTHING is too heavy for her! You think its easy to swing bars? The UB's are too heavy. She is just a sore f*cking loser! And a LIAR! Medals are too heavy?.. PFFFTTT... Doesn't she do strength training and conditioning? What a crock!!

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  42. Yes, I'm afraid Komova is inheriting part of Khorkina's reputation without having her delightful ferocity. I always rooted for the Queen of the Bars over uninspiring Americans and Romanians. Gabby has some style so Komova's elegance doesn't automatically put her ahead for me.

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  43. Feel beyond sorry for Raisman! Isn't this the second time she lost a medal thanks to that shit tiebreak rule? I seem to remember her finishing in 4th on floor at 2010 worlds when Musty and Chelaru tied for second.

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    1. Not the same thing at all. You don't award a bronze medal when there is a tie for silver, it just doesn't work that way.

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  44. I felt those freaking medals at the Vancouver Olympics, I am just saying they are bloody heavy. They are deceiving.

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    1. Michael Phelps had no problem posing with all 8 of his gold medals. She took it off because she was mad, get over it

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    2. Strange that all of the other athletes from around the world manage to wear theirs for days on end. Let's face it - she probably threw it in the garbage already.

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  45. If there were a tie for second, they wouldn't award
    a bronze, because the next gymnast would be 4th.

    The only way to get more than 4 medals awarded,
    even allowing ties, is if there's a tie for 3rd
    (or if you had some truly bizarre situation like
    3 people tied for 2nd place).

    But it does truly suck for Aly. I'm sure she's already
    told herself what's been posted here--she blew it on
    beam, and she should not have played safe on floor.

    Maybe Blaine Wilson can buy her a cup of coffee and
    commiserate.

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  46. That should be more "more than 3 medals awarded."

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  47. Good hit performances from both Deng and Huang! Surprised the BBC commentators never referred to Iordache's injury, just said they were disappointed in her. Missing context there. Further down the list, I've become a fan of Asuka Teramoto.

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  48. Here's a post who had no favorites in the AA today, so it's objective. I didn't care who won frankly. Seemed to me there was generous scoring all around today for the favorites, so I think it's tough to make an argument that Gabby was somehow gifted the AA. The worst example was Komova's Amanar. The judges held her up big time on that. She botched her landing and didn't get the height off the horse that Gabby did either. Raisman's Amanar was overscored, too, as was Gabby's, but not by as much as Komova. With Gabby, I thought the judges had been underscoring her bars and beam, so I was glad to see higher scores today on those two events.

    As for the Russian sportsmanship, I've seen it so many times before. Not surprising. After Khorkina lost in 2004, she said she was robbed. I was actually rooting for Khorkina but after Patterson's floor, I knew it was over. The Russians have an entitlement mentality. But that mentality produces some fierce divas whom I've loved over the years. I don't think you can have one quality without the other.

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  49. You realize viktoria never said she was robbed? she said Gabby deserved it. I'm tired of her being called a Khorkina.

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    1. That's refreshing to hear but not surprising. When the Russian coaches cried foul after Wieber beat her in Tokyo last year, Komova herself said she thought she had made too many mistakes and lost the title, not that Wieber had been gifted it.

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  50. From Vika

    "I was controlling everything and it was my own performance," she said. "She performed beautifully today. And I believe that she earned her gold medal. I believe she was very good tonight."

    "I am proud about what I've done today but nevertheless I am a little disappointed because I wanted to gain the gold medal. Well, it didn't happen," Komova added. "I thought I would perform a bit better. I wanted to get better results in order to get a gold medal."

    From Aliya

    "I absolutely agree with Viktoria. She was fantastic. She didn't make a single mistake. She became the leading athlete from the very beginning."

    "I think I've done quite well," Mustafina said after the meet. "The beam was not very successful -- you know that I had a fall -- but the rest went quite well''
    "I'm totally happy with my performance today, with the exception of beam," said Mustafina, who jumped off after a standing Arabian in the third rotation. "Perhaps I was not confident," she said in assessing her performance. "Not totally confident that I would get a medal., let alone a bronze. Of course, any fall is very bad. It's very bad. It's very difficult to be one of the three leading athletes after you fall like that."

    Not the horrific losers some like to paint them as.

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  51. Aly out scored Aliya on 3 of the 4 events yesterday. Stupid tie breaking rule. I understand the rule, but I don't really understand why they can't have extra medals reserved for ties. I could have sworn I've seen Olympic medals awarded for ties in other sports before. ughhhhhh. So frustrating.

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