It's a Russian thing, but not really a Romanian thing. They have hardly ever been favorites--maybe in '96 but they were surprise winners in both 2000 and 2004. The Russian thing--well, I can't really fault someone for being upset they didn't win, that is the essence of very strong competitors. I can fault some of them for pouting (Komova in 2011), trash-talking the winners by accusing them of juicing (Komova in 2015, Paseka re: Simone in the media), general poor sportsmanship (Khorkina ad nauseum). I'm not sure where it comes from--part of me thinks it's a hangover from the Soviet days when they really were expected to win ALL the time, but we're a generation past that. At some point, you move on. There is a general attitude among some Russian fans that the Americans aren't "legitimate" winners, that the Russians are unquestionably better and when they lose it's due to shenanigans, or favoritism, or PC. They'll bend over backwards to rationalize why Gabby beat Komova--"they wanted a black girl that year." No, Vika took several steps out of her vault. That's it. That's the explanation. Vika probably should've won that year but she herself lost it, and also Gabby performed perfectly at the right time. There's one blog in particular that's notorious for its Russian chauvinism. I do think this attitude is starting to go way over time though--for one thing, you can't rationalize Simone's prowess, at some point you simply have to acknowledge how much better she is than everyone else.