John Orozco’s Nightmare – And Why Gymnasts Fail

NBC mysteriously and without comment skips past the rings for the American men. They return to show John Orozco crumble on the vault.  His foot placement on the springboard was not great — he was far to the back, where there is little spring-power to return all the force you punch into the board.  He [Read More…]

Rooting for Great Britain in Men’s Gymnastics

With the American men all but eliminated from contention, I’m rooting for Great Britain.  The Chinese and Japanese have to be the favorites for the gold and silver medals, but it would be great to see Great Britain on the podium, if the Americans cannot be there. [Read more…]

Big Mistake from Sam Mikulak

In the team finals, each country fields three gymnasts, and every score counts.  There is no room for error. Sam Mikulak performed a strong routine until the very end.  Performing a triple-twist to finish the routine, it looked as though he was concerned about over-rotating.  So he took off at a sharp angle (the smaller [Read More…]

Live-Blogging the Olympic Gymnastics Men’s Team Finals

As we all know, NBC Olympics made the understandable if slightly irritating decision to broadcast the London Olympics, including Olympic gymnastics, at a substantial delay.  So I can only claim to be “live-blogging” in the loosest sense, blogging along with the East Coast broadcast.  I have not yet seen the results — so if you [Read More…]

Jordyn Wieber Was Robbed

Jordyn Wieber was Robbed! Such were the cries of outrage after yesterday’s women’s gymnastics qualifying rounds at the Olympics in London.  Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champion and indisputably America’s most dominant gymnast for the past couple years, helped the United States team qualify for the team finals, and qualified herself for the Floor Exercise [Read More…]