What is Gymnastics? About Gymnastics and Why it’s the Greatest Olympic Sport

Gymnasts are such wimps.

What is gymnastics?  Even those who watch the Olympic gymnastics competition every four years may possess little appreciation for the intricacies of the sport.  As you’re watching the women’s gymnastics competition tonight at the London Olympics, here are some points to bear in mind. A Brief History: From Naked Gymnasts to the Swinging Rings Gymnastics [Read More...]

USA Men Underperform, British Men Outperform, Japanese Men Out-Protest

In summary, the American men, who had the highest score in the qualifying rounds, and who were expected to be the first American team to challenge for a gold medal since the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games, suffered an absolute meltdown in the team finals, beginning especially with their second event, the pommel horse.  They [Read More...]

Live-Blogging the Olympic Gymnastics Men’s Team Finals

Sally Ward

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 Not Robbed – She Was Outperformed by Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas

Jordyn Wieber Was Not Robbed — She Was Outperformed by Aly Raisman I argued the opposite case in a previous post, but there’s a strong argument to be made that Jordyn Wieber was a victim of nothing but her own mistakes and reasonable rules that everyone understood perfectly well in advance. If you missed the first [Read More...]

Jordyn Wieber Was Robbed

Jordyn-Wieber

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...]


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