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  1. I think there's a balance between two. For the last few years, everyone has been so focused on the big skills that they've forgotten about everything else (form, artistry, clean execution, the little details, etc). I'm not sure if it was the lack of warm-ups or what, but during the games this year, it seemed like everyone was struggling. Personally, I would rather see a beautiful clean yurchenko double over a sloppy Amanar where the gymnasts struggle with the landing and form, etc.
  2. Same! So happy for Rebecca. I was also rooting for her in the all-around. Happy for Lee but I really wanted RA to win, because I'm more familiar with her and have liked her for a few years. That being said, I also agree with others that the event finals for bars and vault were a hot mess. It's so stupid that the athletes cannot warm up. So dumb. It's obvious that Bruno Grandi's tenure as head of FIG was just awful for the sport and sadly his predecessor isn't much better. Yes! Please bring back compulsories and get rid of this goofy scoring system. Ditto for figure skating.
  3. He’s not wrong. There’s so much doping in swimming. Michael Phelps has said he doesn’t think he ever competed against a field of completely clean athletes. Russians are an easy target at the moment but it’s always been an issue. I just wish more athletes would take a stand against doping and not just speak out when they lose; because that just comes across like someone making accusation simply because they lost. (Ex. people accusing Ian Thorpe of doping) Like would Ryan Murphy had said anything if he won? Probably not.
  4. Nope. Russia competed as Russia in Rio. In 2018 they competed as Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) and for Tokyo and Beijing they are competing as Russian Olympic Athlete (ROC). I agree that the punishment was a joke but I’m also not surprised. I’ve always felt that doping continues to be a huge issues in some sports. As for the LA games, I’m sure that LA is capable of handling them, my belief is that considering all of the issues it’s probably not the wisest idea to host them. But I also think in general that the Olympics are a bloated overpriced mess and that most host cities and countr
  5. I think you hit the nail on the end. Some people are a little to angry and gleeful about the whole situation. Honestly, I wish Simone would quit trying to explain and respond. Her record speaks for itself. And I would love if the media would focus more on Suni and the other members of the team; who still have opportunities to medal in the event finals. I would be shocked if Simone competed in the event finals, as her issues seems pretty severe.
  6. Yeah. People are trying to compare apples to oranges. Not only that but WADA relaxed their rules and you can still light up when not competing. You just cannot use it during competition or close enough to competition to test positive. And I'll add to that, that the main reason it's on the list to begin with is because of the US. Every athlete competing at the international / Olympic level should be well versed in what is okay and what's not. At the end of the day one of them clearly violating their sports anti-doping policy. There is an argument to be made that Hadzic should not be at the Oly
  7. I’m very interested to see what happens with her career. She’s so inconsistent!
  8. The ITA is testing the Russians and they are the most tested athletes at the games on account of Sochi. The Russian athletes are under so much scrutiny currently, it’s doubtful that anyone who made it this far would be doping. They’ve pretty much been tested repeatedly since the end of last year heading into the Olympics. Also, I’m reviewing where Russian athletes have won medals - it’s been in sports with no previous (or at least proven) of systemic cheating or doping. There’s no way in hell Los Angeles should be hosting the Olympics. I mean California and LA in particular is dealing
  9. Yeppers. Not to mention that folks didn’t know about the abuse in that moment so it’s not even a valid critique of those who had issues with McKayla at that time. Anywho, loved the women’s AA final. It’s nice to see a close competitive final where the top four-five finishers were all generally good and there were only minor bobbles! Congrats to Suni Lee and to Rebecca, Angelika and really all of the finalist for a wonderful final.
  10. It’s really not that complicated. And there a gazillion articles and think pieces about it. Cliff notes: It’s RUSADA that was found to have engaged in a doping program with other Russian state agencies. This mostly stems from the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. WADA recommended that Russia be banned from the 2016 Olympics and the IOC rejected this and allowed about 200 Russians who’ve never had issues with PED’s to compete in Rio. In 2017 however, the IOC decided to ban the country of Russia from the 2018 Olympics and allowed Russian athletes with no PED issues to compete under the moniker o
  11. For what it's worth, I think the women's competition in Barcelona was one of the last great women's gymnastics competitions. :) I found this gem and man, I really miss the gymnastics routines from the early aughts. Things went downhill quick. This floor exercise was so wonderful! I mean what is this? No wolf turns. Actual attempts at choreography, dance, and musicality?
  12. It’s so bad! I live in middle America (NE) and we talked about the Olympics today at work and most hate NBC’s coverage and have stopped watching. And its exactly because there’s actually very little competition shown. It’s like we are trying to watch the Olympics not the US Nationals.
  13. Nice. Good for Japan! hate the medal race and the medal count though. It’s the worst part of the games for me. I know I’m probably outlier but I tend to root for who I like regardless of their nationality.
  14. You should give it another try. The US men aren’t the best but the Men’s Team Final was fantastic and so was the AA final. I’ve been enjoying the men’s side more than the women’s this time around.
  15. I thought Greg came out and announced his HIV+ status years after the Olympics? I wasn’t aware that people knew he was gay or HIV+ while he was competing at the Olympic level. @Daisy I think people are referring to her refusing to do media and then dropping out of the French Open.
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