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  1. Weirdly, I think this team was actually constructed in a way that protected it when this happened. By taking the top 4 AA scores, the "team" was set up to compete if Simone wasn't there. If say a beam specialist who was terrible on bars had been chosen, the result could have been worse. Team USA definitely counted on Simone to win gold in the team and other events. I think her strength hid just how much the rest of the world was catching-up with Team USA. I'm just not sure that the team could have been designed better around her.
  2. Of course somebody still wins gold. Someone will win even if the entire field is below expectations. That's how competitions work. I didn't even say all athletes were harmed by the year, but as I did say, Golden covered why the "extra year" was harder than non-athletes would realize. It's not just more practice time. It changes the plan and many athletes did not have the opportunity to practice or compete the way they normal would to prepare for the Olympics because COVID interrupted everything.
  3. The COVID years seems to have hurt more athletes than it helped. Yes, there are some 16 year olds competing who are only eligible because of the delay and Grace and a couple swimmers have said they improved, but I think there are more athletes who were thrown not just by the wait but by the disruption. Golden covered how gyms were closed which prevented a lot of gymnasts from training for extended periods. International competitions were cancelled, so someone like Jordan couldn't get the feel for competing before international judges before the Olympics. Golden also covered how rough some
  4. The qualifying round all 4 team members could do each apparatus with the top 3 scores counting. For the finals, it’s 3 up and 3 count, meaning the team picks 3 athletes to compete for each apparatus and all scores count. That leaves one team member out of each rotation. When Simone left today’s competition, that meant there were still 3 athletes available to compete on each apparatus. Jordan had been planning to sit out bars and beam. Suni was going to sit out floor. Apparently Suni hadn’t warmed up her full floor routine. It’s amazing what they were able to pull off.
  5. Apparently some people will. I always thought he was a respectful competitor. Yes he thought he was a great swimmer… because he was a really, really great swimmer and competitor. I think the issue with his commentary is it sounds very insider-y. The best commentators know how to teach the audience about the sport. He’ll figure out a better level of technical talk with more practice.
  6. This is such a long race NBC is giving us Katie's life story while she swims.
  7. That's sweet to see the two friends finish second and third. Also, I would like to let Rowdy know that I was watching Douglas. That seems very important to him.
  8. Tim and Nastia sound too shaken up. NBC has good camera angles on her face. Tim and Nastia know what it looks like when a gymnast is lost. Not surprising they would pick up on it. They still sounded surprised it happened to Simone.
  9. I don't know what the correct answer is, but it would still apply in most instances. Jade would only get the spot if two specific gymnasts withdraw.
  10. On that one Rowdy did call Titmus the favorite, although he waffled by the time of the final. They were hyping that one as a great two person race. I would be curious though to hear from Ledecky what she thought of the coverage. She seemed pretty prepared for the outcome and to have a great rapport with her "rival," so maybe she took it all in stride. In general NBC could probably dial it back on Ledecky too.
  11. I don't think NBC's mistake was focusing on Simone. I think the way they talked about her did a disservice. The inevitability stuff was always unreasonable. Of course the best athlete can lose! Streaks can be broken! There is a difference between watching to see what happens and promise a result. Networks never promised Tom Brady would win a Super Bowl (and when he lost, the new season was always a few months away).
  12. To be fair though, putting the 7th place athlete on the team is a decision that needs more explanation than putting the 4th place athlete on the team. I think USA Gymnastics still needs to clean house (Ali said as much as it has not rooted out all of the abuse enablers) and does need better public communication. That said, I would say be careful what you wish for replacing Tom. My fear is that after today the voices saying it's a choice between gold and rooting out abuse will feel empowered. Tom has said, and I hope he means it, that he doesn't see it as a choice and he wants the program
  13. Simone told the media she feels fine physically. I don't think it's broken toes. This Simone "choking" argument completely misses fundamental truths about mental health. Simone scratching when she needed to for her health and well being is absolutely a huge step in right direction for the sport. I'm sure she wanted to compete today more than anything. If her body (physically or mentally) was telling her "no" I'm glad she listened. She doesn't owe anyone anything.
  14. Let's not forget the saga of the Russian men yesterday with an athlete competing without letting his Achilles to heal properly after surgery. I worry that when athletes like that are praised for toughness it can send the wrong message about what to expect, but I don't want to shame him either! Figuring out what is right when it comes to competing through injury (physical or mental) is such a tricky thing.
  15. Points to Hoda for showing the whole Team USA love in the arena now.
  16. LOL at NBC talking about Simone withdrawing but not saying the team result. They really want people to still tune in tonight.
  17. Really well said. Suni did one additional routine and Jordan did two that she was not thinking she would need to do tonight. That cannot be easy. They fought hard and didn't give up. Really great effort from this team. They should be PROUD.
  18. A mental health issue would still be medical, IMO.
  19. I'm glad NBC appears to have moved away from trying to have the athletes talk to their families live and are now just showing the reaction videos. It's a lot more effective because the technology isn't a distraction.
  20. That's how they competed this morning. They were alternating on the same apparatus.
  21. NBC is really moving through the men's competition. It looks like they skipped US on rings? I feel like they skipped rings in the qualifying round too.
  22. Go Danell! I always liked him. This tweet keeps coming to mind:
  23. These Ukranian divers are so synchronized that they even have the same initials.
  24. Watching the women's triathlon. I know these athletes are amazing, but I need to talk about the camerawork. The camera guy looks like he's on a standing on the back of a motorcycle/motorbike? I'm fascinated.
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